IAEM celebrates record breaking Cork Annual Scientific Meeting
The 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine took place in Cork last weekend. A record number of scientific papers were received and the conference was booked out due to unprecedented demand for places.
The Cork conference had an exciting new look with “blast” presentations – talks limited to 10
minutes to allow more speakers present on a much broader range of topics than usual. The speakers
included national and international experts from as far away as Australia and the USA and presented
across the whole spectrum of Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Practical
pre-conference workshops included sessions on heroic life-saving procedures; intricate skills to deal
with complex injuries and the use of ultrasound for diagnosis of chest injury and illness in the
The conference discussed cutting-edge management of medical emergencies as well as the optimal
delivery of emergency care within a National Emergency Care System, including solutions to the ongoing
crisis of admitted hospital inpatients being lodged in Emergency Departments. The Association
envisages that, in future, emergency care will be delivered in a smaller number of 24/7 Emergency
Departments supported by other Emergency Care Units, such as Local Injury Units, as part of
regional Emergency Care Networks (ECNs).
The 2015 Leo Vella Lecture was delivered by Dr. Cathal O’Donnell, Consultant in Emergency
Medicine and Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service. This lecture is delivered in
honour of the late Mr Leo Vella, the first Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Republic of
Ireland, to recognise people who have contributed exceptionally to development of the emergency
care system in Ireland.
Dr. Conor Deasy and his local organising committee are to be congratulated on delivering such an
excellent academic and social event. Next year’s ASM will take place in Dublin from 20th to 22nd
October 2016 and will be hosted by the Association’s members in Beaumont Hospital.