February 19th: Learning from errors

This month we are looking at quality assurance, more specifically what we can learn from our mistakes. Our authors, Atkinson et al, state that “reject analysis in digital radiography (DR) helps guide the education and training of staff, influences department workflow, reduces patient dose and improves department efficiency.” Similarly, radiotherapy error reporting using incident learning systems (ILSs) allows reporting, analysis, and learning from errors.

Atkinson S, Neep M, Starkey, D. Reject rate analysis in digital radiography: an Australian emergency imaging department case study JMRS. 2019. Early view.

Times: Vancouver 12pm (19th) /Edmonton 1pm (19th) /Toronto 3pm (19th) /UK 8pm (19th)/Brisbane 6am (20th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (20th) /Auckland 9am (20th)

January 16th: Artificial intelligence and the medical radiation sciences

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This year we celebrate MRJC’s 5th birthday! March marks 5 years and 60 chats. All this year we’ll be marking the occasion so stay tuned!

January’s chat is all about AI! Our paper is:

Murphy A, Liszewski B (2019). Artificial Intelligence and the Medical Radiation Profession: How Our Advocacy Must Inform Future Practice. JMIRS. 50(4), S15 – 19.

Want more? The latest edition of JMIRS has a LOT more AI related papers here.

Our blog this month is by Caitlin Gillan and is entitled “AI? Eh? Oy!”


1. What areas of imaging and oncology practice are likely to integrate artificial intelligence (AI)?

2. How might AI change the role of the radiographer? What knowledge and skills do we need to prepare for the integration of AI into clinical practice?

3. The paper concluded with the importance of engagement from radiation professionals – how are we influencing the development and implementation of AI technologies?

Missed the chat? Catch up with Wakelet here. 

Vancouver 12pm (16th) /Edmonton 1pm (16th) /Toronto 3pm (16th) /UK 8pm (16th)/Brisbane 6am (17th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (17th) /Auckland 9am (17th)


December 11th: Emoji use in academic literature


Our Christmas chat is the BMJ article:

O’Reilly-Shah Vikas N, Lynde Grant C, Jabaley Craig S. Is it time to start using the emoji in biomedical literature? BMJ 2018; 363 :k5033

The authors comment that “integrating emoji into the scientific literature would be advantageous in several obvious areas, such as modulating the emotional tone of communications.” What do you think? Should JMIRS, Radiography and JMRS embrace the use of emojis? Is the plural really emoji? Should a “visual abstract” be a series of emojis? Do we need to standardize them for medical radiation sciences communication?

Join us on December 11th for some virtual eggnog and a mince pie and let’s talk 🙂


1. Would you consider the use of emojis appropriate in scientific literature/our radiography practice? 🤔

2. As the authors ask: Do you think the use of emojis would affect perceptions of professionalism? 🤔

3. In @BigRadTom’s blog he claims GIFs > emojis for radiography practice. What do you think? 🤔

4. Give us your best emoji sentence!!! 😝

As an extra Christmas gift to you we present December’s blog by GIF legend Tom Welton.

MedRadJClub Awards 2019

Coming soon! Categories include:

1. Most impactful blog (most read)

2. Favourite chat (you vote!)

3. Best gif (we decide!)

Info about last year’s winners is here.

November 28th: Positive psychology and workplace culture

In Australia, as in other countries, radiation therapists (RTs) can experience job dissatisfaction, stress and burnout which can lead to workforce attrition. This month’s JMRS paper looks at contributing factors to elevated stress, dissatisfaction, turnover and burnout amongst Australian RTs and suggests employment of positive psychology theories to facilitate change.

Hunter D, Wright C, Pearson S. Employing positive psychology to improve radiation therapy workplace culture. JMRS. 2019, 66(2); 139-144



1. What contributes to elevated stress, dissatisfaction, staff turnover and burnout in your area of work?

2. Minimizing workplace stress is key to reducing burnout and attrition. What strategies have you seen or used to deal with workplace stress? How effective have these been?

3. According to our paper, to facilitate a workplace culture aligned with positive occupational psychology, leaders should:

  • improve engagement and collaboration
  • appeal to emotional needs
  • reduce job stressors

How can leaders practically deliver these aims?

4. What one *realistic* thing would you change in order to improve workplace culture?

Check out this month’s blog by first author Darren Hunter here

Additional reading:

Halkett GKBBerg MNBreen LJ, et al. Sustainability of the Australian radiation oncology workforce: A survey of radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicistsEur J Cancer Care 201827e12804

Probst HGriffiths SRetaining therapy radiographers: What’s so special about us? J Radiother Pract 2007621– 32

Gallant F, Bristow B et al. Results of a National Study Examining the Prevalence and Potential for Developing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Radiation Therapists. JMIRS; 44(1): 48 – 49

Times: Vancouver 12pm (28th) /Edmonton 1pm (28th) /Toronto 3pm (28th) /UK 8pm (28th)/Brisbane 6am (29th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (29th) /Auckland 9am (29th)


October 23rd: Compassionate care

Compassionate care is a core value of healthcare practice. How can we teach our undergraduate students to ‘practice compassionately’? This month’s paper by Julie Hendry explores potential methods and their suitability:

Hendry J. Promoting compassionate care in radiography – What might be suitable pedagogy? A discussion paper. 2019. Radiography: 25(3); 269-273.

While you’re here – pop over and read this month’s blog by Dr. Ruth Strudwick!


1. What does compassionate care mean to you?

2. Does your university/workplace have any education in place surrounding compassionate care? If yes, what is it?

3. What barriers are there in radiography to prevent practicing compassionate care? How can these be overcome?

4. What do you think of the author’s recommendation that “facilitated discussion of student reflections around practice experiences would be a useful pedagogic* model to promote compassion”?


To recap on the discussion you can find the twitter feed here. When the twitter feed appears, click “latest” and scroll to the very bottom of the list to read the tweets in order.


Additional reading:

Sinclair S (2016) Compassion in healthcare: an empirical model. Journal of pain & symptom management 51(2), 193-203

Morley, Ives, Bradbury-Jones (2019) Moral Distress and Austerity: An Avoidable Ethical Challenge in Healthcare. in Health care Analysis 27(3), 185-201

Smajdor, A. (2013). Reification and compassion in medicine: A tale of two systemsClinical Ethics8(4), 111–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477750913502620

Times: Vancouver 1pm (23rd) /Edmonton 2pm (23rd) /Toronto 4pm (23rd) /UK 9pm (23rd)/Brisbane 6am (24th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (24th) /Auckland 9am (24th)

September 25th: Being newly qualified!

September is our first student/new grad take over! We welcome Sarah Bradder (newly qualified therapeutic radiographer working at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, UK)  and Steven Cox (newly qualified diagnostic radiographer, North Devon District Hospital, UK) to moderate the chat about this month’s paper:

Harvey-Lloyd J M, Morris J, Stew G. Being a newly qualified diagnostic radiographer: Learning to fly in the face of reality. Radiography. In press


1. Six themes were identified in the study across the 12 month transition journey. Do these sound familiar to you? Which stage is the most challenging and why? Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 09.01.26

2. Different analogies were described by the participants to illustrate the intense emotions they felt e.g. a bird standing at the edge of a cliff / a rabbit in headlights / sink or swim… What image, gif or meme could sum up the experience of being newly qualified for you?

3. It is argued that the practice educator* role could over-protect students from the reality of the job. What do you think?

4. What could help prepare students for the transition and minimise the “reality shock” when they graduate?

*Someone who supports students in the workplace, facilitating and assessing clinical education.


This month, we have two blogs for the price of one! Hop over to our blog page to read Sarah and Steven’s take on being newly qualified.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (25th) /Edmonton 2pm (25th) /Toronto 4pm (25th) /UK 9pm (25th)/Sydney 6am (26th) /Auckland 8am (26th)

Missed the chat? Catch up with the Wakelet here

August 21st: Sexual health

August’s #SexyMedRadJClub looks at the role (and awareness of) radiation therapists  when addressing their patients’ sexual health needs.

Turner A. Sexual Health Issues in Patients with Cancer—An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study of the Awareness Levels of Radiation Therapists. JMIRS. 2019, 50(1); 106-112


  1. Nearly 2/3 of people have sexual health issues post-cancer treatment. How would you define sexual health and why is it important in cancer survivorship?
  2. 75% of the survey respondents had talked about sexual health with their patients. Is this a “normal and expected” part of our role?
  3. Turner commented that “other sexual orientations” may not have been fully included in her study, do you think this is also true in practice?
  4. The study respondents seemed to develop skills mainly through their clinical interactions with patients (and not through specific education). Does this ring true and what might improve things?

Please also see our blog-of-the-month by Sean Ralph.

Missed the chat or want a recap? Click here for the chat summary!

Additional reading:

Times: Vancouver 1pm (21st) /Edmonton 2pm (21st) /Toronto 4pm (21st) /UK 9pm (21st)/Sydney 6am (22nd) /Auckland 8am (22nd)