December’s MedRadJClub will be a festive chat about healthcare leadership. Wehner et al’s paper discusses sex-related disparities in academic medical leadership in the US. While 50% of medical students are women, only 13% (137/1018) of department leaders at the top 50 NIH funded medical schools in the US are women. Why the difference? Is it because they don’t have moustaches? is it the same for MRS leadership? Tune in on December 13th to find out.
Wehner M R. Nead K T. Linos K. Linos E. Plenty of moustaches but not enough women: cross sectional study of medical leaders. BMJ. 2015; 351
This month’s blog is by Amanda Bolderston who recommends you have a glass or two of sherry while reading it.
Times: Vancouver 1pm (13th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 8am (14th)/Wellington 10am
November’s chat paper, blog and moderation will be courtesy of University of Toronto MHScMRS program students Tasha McMaster, Winter Spence and Joanna Javor. The three students are taking part in MRJC for their course “Clinical Competence and Continuous Learning”. They will, of course, be ably supported by the MRJC team!
Muubuke A, Pope, E. Factors that Influence Radiographers’ Decisions to Pursue Postgraduate Education: An Exploratory Qualitative Study. 2015. JMIRS. 46(2); 223-230
This month’s blog is by Winter Spence and available here.
Times: Vancouver 1pm (21st)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 8am (15th)/Wellington 10am
“Social media offers a new-age platform that influences the practice of (MRS professionals)”… you probably agree with this if you are a regular at MedRadJClub!
Bola,R and Liszewski, B. Knowledge Translation in 140 Characters or Less: #ProfessionalDevelopment #Collaboration #Patientengagement
This month we talked about the impact of social media on patient engagement, using Twitter to amplify your research message, virtual professional communities of practice and more. October’s chat was moderated by Kim Meeking. This month’s accompanying blog is by the article authors Ruby and Brian.
1. What are the perceived benefits of using social media for healthcare professionals?
2. How do you use social media? And how has using Twitter benefited you as a healthcare professional?
3. Do your professional responsibilities prevent you from engaging with social media? With other professionals? With patients?
4. Patients are increasingly turning to sites like Twitter to share their experiences and to seek support. How can we capitalize on the potential benefits of Twitter and bridge the gap between practitioner and patient?
How do patients that are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) experience healthcare? What can we do as MRS professionals to improve our practice in this area? Come along in September and learn more!
September’s article is: Bolderston A, Ralph S. Improving the Health Care Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered patients. Radiography. 22(3), e207–e211
While you are here, pop over to this month’s blog by Ben Stuttard.
- What has been your training and experience around treating LGBTQ patients in the past?
- How does your organization approach this? Any examples of improvements in your workplace?
- After this chat, are there things you might do differently at work or at home?
Times: Vancouver 1pm (21st)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (22nd)/Wellington 8am
Macmillan (UK) LGBTQ Experiences of Cancer Care Project
Fenway Institute (US) – free educational resources
Stonewall (UK) Advocacy and more
Cancer’s Margins (Canada) – LGBT2Q community-and-arts based approach to exploring sexual and gender diversity, and experiences of cancer health, support and care
Research alert! Some of the tweets in this month’s chat will be sampled/themed for a research poster. Contact Sophia for more details.
Missed the chat? The Storify is here!
This month’s paper is Ekpo E, Snaith B, Harris M, McEntee. Doctoral profile of the medical radiation sciences: a baseline for Australia and New Zealand. JMRS (early access).
This month’s blog is written by one of the authors Mark McEntee.
Developing a profession’s research base requires research “users, participants and leaders”. Attaining a doctorate strongly correlates with published papers and research grants. The UK’s Society of Radiographers research strategy includes a goal of 1% of radiographers (about 300) holding, or working towards, a Doctoral level award by 2021. International numbers of MRS professionals with a doctorate are low, however. Is this important? Are you thinking about or already have a doctorate? Come and talk doctorates with us on August 15th.
Times: Vancouver 1pm (15th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (16th)/Wellington 8am
- Is there a link between being an evidence based profession and doctoral practitioners?
- Is there a distinction between types of doctorates (e.g. DProf, PhD, by publication) that is important for MRS researchers?
- In the Ekpo et al study the majority of respondents (63%) worked in an academic institution – let’s talk about the role of clinical academic medical radiation practitioners!
- Does goal setting help? (e.g. the UK’s SOR wants 1% of the MRS workforce (about 300) to hold, or be working towards, a Doctoral level award by 2021)
Further reading: Snaith B, Harris M, Harris R. Radiographers as doctors: A profile of UK doctoral achievement. Radiography (2016). 22; 282-286
Metcalf KL, Adams RD, Qaqish B, Church JA. Survey of R.T.s with doctorates:
barriers to conducting research. Radiol Technol 2010;81:417e27.
Janice St John Matthews: The Impact of My Doctorate (Part One and two): WordPress blog
No MRS article this month! Instead we had a general chat about getting into research, how to find support, what mentorship can do for you, the pros, perils and pitfalls….!
To find out if you too are an early career researcher pop over to this month’s blog by Kim Meeking.
The Thesis Whisperer: Useful doctoral (and general) research resources
Academic Primer Series: Five Key Papers Fostering Educational Scholarship in Junior Academic Faculty
JMIRS free collection of articles about research (lots of “how tos”!)
For UK people: Radiographers in research: how to get involved (Sept 5th evening event in London)
Society of Radiographers research page (includes information on the Council for Allied Health Professions Research)
The Researcher – NHS online magazine for health researchers
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins & Ovid: Demystifying Research – Simplifying Critical Appraisal
T1: We are all required to be research aware/informed practitioners, but should we all be researchers?
T2: “Early career researcher” is often associated with attaining a doctorate (see chart by Geoff Currie) – is this a good description for MRS researchers?
T3: Do you need an affiliation with a university to be an ECR or primarily a clinical role?
T4: For those more established in research – what would be your one piece of advice to aspirational researchers?
Couldn’t make it? July’s transcript is here.
What role should we play in public health promotion? One area where MRS professionals are often involved is smoking cessation, especially for radiation therapists. Our paper this month looks at this topic, but our chat will open up a wider discussion about the other areas of public health where all of us can make a difference.
Ganesh V, Zaki P, Chan S, Turner A, Bristow B, Di Prospero L, Gibson L, DeAngelis C, Chow E. Adverse Health Outcomes Associated with Postdiagnosis Smoking in Prostate Cancer Patients: A Literature Review. JMIRS. 48 (1) p 103–110
Check out this month’s blog by Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England.
- Are radiographers reluctant to engage with health prevention/public health issues? If so, why?
- Do you feel comfortable addressing health prevention/promotion (e.g. smoking, alcohol use, exercise) in your role?
- For smoking cessation- what is your experience? Are patients open to hearing about quitting options etc?
- Do radiographers have a role in preventative/public health/prevention?
UK Public Health and Radiography special interest group
Make Every Contact Count (UK initiative)
The delivery of health improvement information during radiotherapy treatment: A survey of UK therapy radiographers
Healthy Conversations and the Allied Health Professionals
A strategy to develop the capacity, impact and profie of allied health professionals in public health 2015-2018 (Public Health England)
Times: Vancouver 1pm (20th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (21st)/Wellington 8am