June 23rd: Career paths

Image: Jonathan Billinger, Wikimedia Commons

For June we’re talking about how we chose our career paths. The paper by Hizzett and Snaith examines diagnostic radiography choices but we will also broaden the discussion to include radiation therapy.

Hizzett K & Snaith B. Career intentions, their influences and motivational factors in diagnostic radiography: A survey of undergraduate students. Radiography. 2022


Themes:

T1: What has been influential in your career choices?

T2: Did you plan your career path?

T3: How do we better advise students and early career radiographers (or returners)

T4: What next for your career?


While you’re here pop over and read this month’s blog by Dr. Bev Snaith “Where did my career go?


Chat times: Vancouver 1pm (23rd) , Edmonton 2pm (23rd), Toronto 4pm (23rd), London 9pm (23rd), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (24th), Auckland 8am (24th)

May 25th: Post pandemic recovery

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

It’s been almost two years since our COVID self-care check in. Join us this month as we share some insights and lessons learned, and talk about moving forward into post-pandemic recovery.

Our paper this month is Akudjedu et al’s “The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical radiography practice: A systematic literature review and recommendations for future services planning“.

THEMES

T1. Let’s start with a self-care check-in: 2 years on, how are you feeling? (GIFs welcome!)

T2. What or who has been helping you through?

T3. “Post covid recovery” is the flavour of the season but what is does this look like in your workplace? Does it feel like recovery, or something different?

T4. What changes to practice over the last 2 years (as a result of the pandemic) do you think have made a positive difference to you / patients / the profession?


Related readings:


Times: Vancouver 1pm (25th) , Edmonton 2pm (25th), Toronto 4pm (25th), London 9pm (25th), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (26th), Auckland 8am (26th)

April 19th: Autism-friendly practice

Image: Eric (last name unknown) (wikicommons)

April is World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and this month’s paper explores the perspectives and experiences of radiographers/medical radiation technologists regarding MRI scanning of autistic individuals. Autism is part of the spectrum of neurodiversity that includes ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning disabilities and more.

We will discuss how neurodiversity impacts patient access and ability in terms of imaging and radiation therapy, and how to better support your neurodiverse patients and colleagues.

Stogiannos et al. Autism-friendly MRI: Improving radiography practice in the UK, a survey of radiographer practitioners. Radiography. 2021.

Themes:

  1. How might the process of imaging or radiotherapy be challenging for autistic individuals?
  2. 74% of respondents said the most helpful aspect was involving carers – what other practical ways can we improve the patient experience?
  3. Communication was identified as a key aspect of care. What does this look like in practice and how might we improve?
  4. The study identified limited practitioner awareness of guidelines and policies as well as a lack of education. What kind of education do you have in this area? Are you aware of local or national guidance?

Please also visit this month’s blog by Dr. Christina MalamateniouAutism friendly MRI: Providing more accessible services, always


Recommended reading/resources:

A Beginner’s Guide to Neurodiversity – Learning Disability Today (website)

Episode 25, Dr. Ben Potts – Neurodiversity – RadChat Podcast (audio)

A neurodivergent guide to your radiation treatmentsNoncompliant – the podcast (audio and transcript)


Times: Vancouver 1pm (19th) , Edmonton 2pm (19th), Toronto 4pm (19th), London 9pm (19th), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (20th), Auckland 8am (20th)

March 24th: Raising the profile of Radiotherapy!

Radiotherapy is a small but mighty modality with a dedicated specialist workforce. It is needed by half of all cancer patients, but barely a third will receive it. Radiotherapy faces consistent under funding and remains poorly understood. How can we change this?

For March’s MedRadJClub we are calling on the community to learn about inequities affecting radiotherapy and discuss how we can raise its profile with patients and public, policy makers, and our healthcare colleagues.


Chat themes:

  1. Radiotherapy has been around for over 100 years – why do you think it is still misunderstood?
  2. Radiotherapy advocacy has different audiences and settings (e.g. policy makers, patients, research funders, public, GP surgeries etc) What can we do to improve understanding about radiotherapy within different areas?
  3. What do you think are the most effective ways to raise the profile of radiotherapy locally, nationally and globally?
  4. What do you do (or what would you like to do) to support the radiotherapy advocacy movement?

This month’s paper is “The Role of the Global Coalition for Radiotherapy in Political Advocacy for Radiation Therapy as a Cost-Effective and Underfunded Modality Around the World” by Price et al, 2021 from the Red Journal.

This month’s blog is co-authored by Darien Mongomerie and Kim Meeking. They have collated examples for radiotherapy advocacy efforts from around the world. Check it out and let us know of any organizations we have missed! >>> Read the blog!

Join us on Thursday 24th (UK, Canada) and Friday 25th (Australia, New Zealand)


Chat Times:

Vancouver 2pm, Edmonton 3pm, Toronto 5pm, London 9pm, Brisbane 7am, Sydney & Melbourne 8am, Auckland 10am

Please note! We are between clocks changing so times may be different to the usual!


Research Alert! We are capturing tweets from this important chat and plan to analyse and share as part of a publication on radiotherapy advocacy. No identifiable info will be shared in research outputs. Read more here. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this vital conversation.


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