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I am a joint EM and ICM trainee now PGY 17 as of 2020 and in final year of training. I have worked in Northern Ireland, New Zealand and since 2010 in Dublin.
In terms or conflicts of interest, I’m yet to find a way to get paid to get paid for this FOAMed stuff. I briefly added a donate button to help cover the cost of hosting (particularly for the anatomy podcast) but all the material remains free and I have since taken down the donate option. Thanks to all who donated – it really helped keep things going.
I do occasionally promote some conferences, some times because i just think it’s a good conference, sometimes because I happen to be teaching at it. Again, I am yet to get paid to speak at a conference but they will frequently cover expenses such as travel and accommodation and I will try to make that clear when I post about it.
I have received payment from the VTE Ireland organisation, who pay me to develop and manage their website. I also run their twitter account and have created some promotional material for them. They have not paid me directly to advertise the VTE Dublin conference here on the site but I think they’re great people and it’s a great conference and am happy to promote it.
I did lead the podcast project for RCEM Learning but this is entirely unpaid. They have provided some funding for some audio equipment for the project and they cover my expenses to attend meetings.
POCUSireland is a fun little local project where we’re trying to promote and improve PoCUS across the specialties in Ireland. As you guessed it I receive no money for this and cover the expenses and hosting fees myself.