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 ūüôā

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 GKB, Berg MN, Breen LJ, et al. Sustainability of the Australian radiation oncology workforce: A survey of radiation therapists and radiation oncology medical physicists. Eur J Cancer Care 2018; 27: e12804

Probst H,¬†Griffiths S.¬†Retaining therapy radiographers: What’s so special about us?¬†J Radiother Pract¬†2007;¬†6:¬†21‚Äst32

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 ‚Äď 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 systems.¬†Clinical Ethics,¬†8(4), 111‚Äď118.¬†

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 ‚Äúreality shock‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒAn 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 ‚Äúnormal and expected‚ÄĚ part of our role?
  3. Turner commented that ‚Äúother sexual orientations‚ÄĚ 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)


July 25th: Males in mammography

July’s paper is a look at a sometimes controversial topic, male mammographers. What do you think about it? Join us on the 25th!

Ashton J, Warren-Forward H M. Males in mammography ‚Äď A narrative review of the literature. Radiography. In press.

While you’re here – pop over and read the highly informative¬†accompanying blog by Bev Scragg.


1. How does the information presented in the article relate to the experience of #MedRadJClub ‘ers?

2. Introducing male mammographers could result in delays to care pathways and a drop in screening attendance, how acceptable is this outcome?

3. The paper discusses male radiographers as a potential solution to current & future workforce shortage – what do we need to consider when making this change?

Missed the chat? Catch up with the Wakelet summary!

Additional reading:

Warren-Forward H M. Barriers and incentives for choosing to specialise in mammography‚Äď A survey of Australian undergraduate diagnostic radiography students. Radiography. 2018; 24(4), 360-365

Society and College of Radiographers. Radiographers call for breast screening to be carried out by men as well as women. September 2017 (press release)

Fitzpatrick P, Winston A and Mooney T. Radiographer gender and breast-screening uptake. British Journal of Cancer. 2008. 98(11); 1759‚Äď1761

Times: Vancouver 1pm (25th) /Edmonton 2pm (25th) /Toronto 4pm (25th) /UK 9pm (25th) Adelaide 5.30am (26th) /Sydney 6am (26th) /Auckland 8am (26th)


June 25th: Smoking cessation

Tobacco use is the single biggest contributor to cancer worldwide. What is the role of radiographers in encouraging quitting? Come and chat with Laura Charlesworth¬†and Dan Hutton, authors of this month’s article, about talking to patients about their smoking.

Charlesworth L, Hutton D. Hussain H. Therapeutic Radiographers’ perceptions of the barriers and enablers to effective smoking cessation support. Radiography, 2019. 25(2); 121-128


1. Advice from healthcare professionals to stop smoking increases the rate of smoking cessation by 30% but we are not always comfortable having health improvement conversations with patients – what holds us back and why?

2. Are smoking cessation conversations becoming part of our everyday practice? What is a good way to start a smoking cessation conversation?

3. e-cigarettes have gained popularity as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and can help people quit ‚Äď should we be recommending vaping as a smoking cessation tool?

4. What areas of public health and prevention are radiographers contributing to? What best practice examples have you seen?

Read Linda Hindle’s June blog “Allied Health Professionals have a major role to play in¬†prevention”.

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

Missed the chat? Catch up here!

Additional reading:

Conlon K, Pattinson L, Hutton D. Attitudes of oncology healthcare practitioners towards smoking cessation: A systematic review of the facilitators, barriers and recommendations for delivery of advice and support to cancer patients. Radiography. 2017. 23(3), 256-263

Bristow B. Smoking Cessation Basics: An Essential Component of Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice. JMIRS, 2013. 44(2); 106-116

Kassim R, Osei E, Kronin K A. A review of the effects of tobacco smoking on cancer treatment: smoking cessation intervention should be integrated into the cancer care continuum. Journal of Radiotherapy In Practice. 2019. First view.

Hindle L, Charlesworth L. The UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework 2019-2024