Radiography researchers from the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria are celebrating after winning one of the inaugural prizes awarded by an internationally recognised discussion group.
The #MedRadJClub is a journal club which uses the social media platform Twitter to consider work carried out around the world. Supported by the top three medical radiation sciences professional journals (Canada’s Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, NZ/Australia’s Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences and the UK’s Radiography) articles are chosen from each of the three journals and discussed each month.
In March Lancaster-based academics Dr Charles Sloan and Dr Paul Miller invited discussions around a paper entitled Are Recent Radiography Grads ‘fit for purpose?’ The online community voted by a significant margin this week that this was the ‘favourite chat’ in recognition of the debate it prompted.
Dr Paul Miller said: “Imaging services have changed significantly over the past couple of years and so have the demands placed on radiographers. Our work asked whether the education structure in place at the moment had also kept pace with change and we were able to canvas many who contributed to the work.”
The journal club is an opportunity for radiographers worldwide to use social media to facilitate discussion of current topics, explore international collaboration and to promote evidence-based practice.
Dr Miller added: “We’re delighted to be recognised by this award and pleased that we’ve managed to have two papers discussed by #MedRadJClub this year. We’re hoping 2019 will be even more successful!”