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SEM Solstice Meetings

Our FSEM Winter Solstice Meeting will take place on Thursday 7th December 2017 in RCSI.

Topic: Social Media and Sports & Exercise Medicine 

FSEM winter solstice meeting - social media picture 


Pre-registration essential - e-mail: with your details to confirm your place 

Registration fee: €10 standard fee - payable on the night at the registration desk by cash or card


Flyer: to download the flyer, please click HERE



6.00pm   Registration

7.00pm   Welcome Address

7.10pm   Ms Marie Ennis-O'Connor

7.30pm   Mr William Kennedy

7.50pm   Dr Andrew Franklyn-Miller

8.10pm   Dr Emma Stokes

8.30pm   Prof Karim Khan 

8.50pm   Panel discussion / Q&A with the delegates 

9.20pm   Closing Address

This event is approved by FSEM for 2,5 external CPD credits for the purpose of PCS.


Confirmed speakers:

Ms Marie Ennis-O'Connor

Recently named one of Health IT's Top 100 global social media influencers, Marie Ennis-O'Connor is a digital communications strategist who specialises in providing consultancy and training services to healthcare organisations. She is a founding member of Health 2.0 Dublin, part of the global Health 2.0 digital movement. Marie also serves as an external international board member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, and on the board of trustees for the Patient Empowerment Foundation, a Geneva-based network of people, foundations, organisations and medical institutions dedicated to empowering patients worldwide. Marie's work is informed by her passion for embedding the patient voice at the heart of healthcare systems and values. 

Mr William Kennedy

William Kennedy is a Graduate of UCG. He was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors in Rep of Ireland Hilary Term 1988 and to the Rolls of Solicitors in England and Wales Easter term 1991. He practised in a City of London Practice in Commercial Litigation. His clients included, Unilever, Statutory Water Companies and NHS Trusts. William returned to Ireland in 1997 and practiced civil and healthcare litigation in Arthur O'Hagan, Solicitors. He joined the Medical Council in November 1997 as Head of Professional Standards and Legal Adviser. Professional Standards includes responsibility for management of complaints before the Preliminary Proceedings Committee("PPC") and presentation of evidence before Fitness to Practise Committee("FTPC") inquiries, Ethics and the Health Committee and monitoring of Conditions attached to doctor's registration. Since joining the Medical Council there has been a marked increase in its Fitness to Practise activities. He has responsibility for the processing of complaints to the PPC, and the hearing of inquiries by, the FTPC. William also has responsibility for the provision of support, advice and research to the Ethics Committee, the Monitoring committee, whose task concerns the monitoring of compliance with conditions by practitioners and the Health committee. 

Dr Andrew Franklyn-Miller

Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller is Head of SSC Sports Medicine. Having trained at Imperial College, London in 1998 he joined the Royal Navy serving with the Royal Marines. He specialized in Sports Medicine and completed CCT in the UK and Australia his final post before leaving the Military was as Head of Research and Director of the Centre for Human Performance, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court. He has worked as Team doctor to British Olympic Rowing, England Rugby, Melbourne Storm Rugby League and the New Zealand Black Ferns. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and author of Clinical Sports Anatomy, and over 30 peer reviewed publications. He and his family are moving to Dublin full time from July 2017. 

Dr Emma Stokes

Emma Stokes is deputy head of the Department of Physiotherapy and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She teaches on the university's entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice eg leadership in the profession. She has been a member of the WCPT board since 2007 and was elected President in 2015. 

Prof Karim Khan (by Video-Conference from Canada)

Professor Karim Khan, MBBS, PhD, FACSP, FFSEM (UK) FFSEM (Ireland). Karim is an Australian-trained sports physician who worked at the elite level in basketball, ballet, volleyball and (field) hockey. Since 2000, he has been at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has been Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Sports Medicine since 2008. BJSM pages are viewed >7 million times annually and its social media presence is evident via >40,000 Twitter followers, >60,000 Facebook likes, and >1.4 million listens to BJSM podcasts on the free BJSM mobile app. You can follow the BJSM on Twitter @BJSM_BMJ 

The Solstice Meetings are medical meetings opened to medical practitioners in all specialties, physiotherapists, sports and exercise scientists, athletic therapists and trainers, paramedics, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals with an interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

We welcome undergraduate students in related disciplines to this event as well.

CPD: generally approved for 2 to 3 CPD credits (depending on programme)