About dotMD

dotMD is a 2 day festival of curiosity for doctors and healthcare practitioners looking for more from medicine.

It aims to reawaken a sense of wonder and curiosity about medicine that some may have lost along the way - and help them find deeper meaning and satisfaction in their working lives.

It does so by;

Creating a welcoming retreat where attendees can pause, relax and reflect.

Choosing speakers who are thought-provoking, entertaining, and interesting to an audience drawn from across a wide spectrum of medicine.

Viewing medicine with fresh eyes through the lenses of culture, the arts, philosophy and technology.

Redirecting our focus as doctors both outwards (to the worlds of arts, philosophy, technology), and inwards (self care, mental health, reflection).

Highlighting the unexpected resonances and synergies that occur in the spaces where disciplines meet.

Creating a medical gathering where there is no academic hierarchy, no scoring and no winning.

Acting as an inoculation against cynicism, isolation, burnout, and boredom.

Attending to the personal development and flourishing of the human beings who just happen to be doctors, helping them meet needs of those human beings who just happen to be patients.

An amazing
experience. Many of the
talks stayed with me
for days after

Dr Maurice Barry

Doctor
Conference
with a difference

The Irish Times

Breathtaking.
Attending will make
me a better Doctor

Dr. Conor McCarthy

Who is it for?

Although the dotMD programme has been developed with the needs of doctors in mind, all health care professionals are welcome to attend. 

Dr Ronan Kavanagh

is a rheumatologist, medical director of dotMD and organiser of innovative medical learning experiences for doctors including the medical story telling event, Bedside Stories

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Dr Muiris Houston

Dr Muiris HoustonDr Muiris Houston is an award-winning medical journalist and health analyst with The Irish Times.

He also writes for the Irish Medical Times and the British Medical Journal. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Casebook, the Medical Protection Society Journal.

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Dr Alan Coss

Dr Alan CossAlan Coss is a gastroenterologist based in Galway.

He has an interest in how medicine interacts with the arts and social media, and has been an advisor to the dotMD team since the very first meeting.

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Eimear Duff

Eimear is the 2018 dotMD intern. In her day job she is a real (academic) intern at St James Hospital. This this is her 3rd year at dotMD.

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