February 26th: Supporting Radiographer Advanced Practice

February’s chat will be about supporting our advanced practice. How can we move past barriers? What education do we need? What’s the evidence that it improves our patients’ care and outcomes?

Our paper is by Nick Woznitza et al, a UK clinical academic and consultant radiographer:

Woznitza N, Piper K, Rowe S, Bhowmik A. Immediate reporting of chest X-rays referred from general practice by reporting radiographers: a single centre feasibility study. Clinical Radiology. In press.

Read Nick’s accompanying blog Are you an Advanced Practitioner?

Further reading:

Times: Vancouver 12pm (26th)/Toronto 3pm/UK 8pm/Sydney 7am (27th)/Wellington 9am



February 26th: Supporting Radiographer Advanced practice

January 18th: Patients, healthcare professionals and social media

How do you feel about interacting with patients on social media? Can social media help us improve the patient experience? This month’s paper by Bolderston and Robins uses narrative to explore these issues with the intertwined stories of a radiation therapist and a patient undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Bolderston A, Robins S. The Radiation Therapist and the Patient: Epiphanies, Stories,
and Social Media. JMIRS. In press. 2017

Pop over and read this month’s blog by Sue here.

T1: Interacting with customers via social media (SoMe) is core business for most organisations. Should healthcare be any different? What are your experiences?
T2: Are there open, contemporary channels of communications that exist between healthcare provider and patient (outside of SoMe)?
T3: We all claim to provide patient-centred care. Can SoMe help us do this?
T4: How do we separate our human and professional selves in the SoMe world? Should we?


Times: Vancouver 1pm (18th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 8am (19th)/Wellington 10am

December 13th: Plenty of moustaches but not enough women (BMJ Christmas special)

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.


  1. The study authors used a cross sectional analysis of institutional websites to identify leaders with facial hair and developed a moustache index, derived from multinomial logistic regression analyses. What do you think of this method, is it robust? Are there other ways of investigating this?
  2. The authors concluded that “we believe that every department and institution should strive for a moustache index ≥1”. How could we tackle this in our own institutions to encourage more female leaders? Should we?
  3. One strategy suggested was to increase “temporal flexibility” in job structures such as control over work schedules (e.g. for childcare) . Would this work for our profession and what do you think of it?
  4. Having solved the issue of the lack of women in healthcare leadership – let’s wind down with your favourite Christmas cracker joke! *

We have some MedRadJClub mugs to give away! All participants will be entered in a random draw after the chat. Merry Christmas!

Times: Vancouver 1pm (13th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 8am (14th)/Wellington 10am



*Topical example: Q: What is the difference between snowmen and snow-women? A: Snow balls!

November 14th: Pursuing graduate education

November’s chat paper, blog and moderation will be courtesy of University of Toronto MHScMRS program students Tasha McMasterWinter 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

October 17th: Knowledge Translation in 140 Characters or Less

“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?

Further reading:


Missed out? Catch up here!

September 21st: LGBT and healthcare

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.


  1. What has been your training and experience around treating LGBTQ patients in the past?
  2. How does your organization approach this? Any examples of improvements in your workplace?
  3. 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

Further reading:

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!

August 15th: Doctorates and MRS professionals

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


  1. Is there a link between being an evidence based profession and doctoral practitioners?
  2. Is there a distinction between types of doctorates (e.g. DProf, PhD, by publication) that is important for MRS researchers?
  3. 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!
  4. 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

Missed the chat? Storify here!