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.

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



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! 

July 20th: Early career researchers

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.

Check out:

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.


June 20th: MRS professionals and public health

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.

Chat themes:

  1. Are radiographers reluctant to engage with health prevention/public health issues? If so, why?
  2. Do you feel comfortable addressing health prevention/promotion (e.g. smoking, alcohol use, exercise) in your role?
  3. For smoking  cessation-  what is your experience? Are patients open to hearing about quitting options etc?
  4. Do radiographers have a role in preventative/public health/prevention?

Recommended readings:

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