Jellybean 068 with Frank Gaillard of Radiopedia Fame

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Matt McPartlin (aka @RollCageMedic) interviews Frank Gaillard, the Frank Gaillard, the one who created Radiopedia. Radiopedia is a very big thing but it started out as a way to avoid studying, surely something we can all relate to…

Frank Gaillard started Radiopedia as an exercise in pre-exam procrastination. It has become an educational juggernaut in freely available radiological education. Pre-dating the formalisation and explosion in FOAMed resources, Radiopedia embodies what FOAMed is all about.

Despite its success, Frank is a humble guy and an altruist at heart. Listening to him recount the origins and evolution of Radiopedia and peek into the near future of where it might go, you’d be forgiven for drawing comparisons with entities such as the Khan Academy. One important lesson to the sustained success of Radiopedia has been the way that Frank has managed to bring good people on board, people that love what they are doing, people that in turn inspire the creators. It’s a team. It’s quite a big team and that’s before you consider the extended community. It’s a beautiful thing.

The website has plans to expand into interesting new areas including self assessment tools and trying to fill gaps that people like Frank can see in training systems all over the world.

So no more teasing radiologists about lurking in dark rooms and maintaining an aloof distance from patients (well, maybe just a little bit). Turn on, tune in and rad out.


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Last update: Jul 20, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Jellybean 068 with Frank Gaillard of Radiopedia Fame
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Mastering Intensive Care 010 with Imogen Mitchell

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Imogen Mitchell – An intensivist and Dean of Medicine focused on communication and clinical decision-making

Do you seek the relative at the bedside’s help by asking them their opinion on whether their loved one is getting better or not? Do you even have families at the bedside on your ward round? Do you listen as much as you can in your end of life discussions?

Professor Imogen Mitchell, a senior intensivist and Dean of Medicine from Canberra, Australia, sees talking to our patient’s families as one of the privileges of working in intensive care. She is a huge supporter of having families at the bedside for the clinical ward rounds and is a passionate believer in exposing our own vulnerability in family meetings, particularly by listening to the patient and their family’s stories first. Imogen has also consistently placed communication with the multi-disciplinary intensive care team at the forefront of great clinical care.

Now as one of the senior women in Australasian Intensive Care, Imogen is also passionate about the gender inequity in intensive care training and also in consultant intensivist positions. She has felt the frustration of being a woman in intensive care when she has noticed behaviours that in retrospect she has wondered whether men would ever have been subjected to. Imogen also struggled to find the perfect mentor earlier in her career, perhaps because of the scarcity of female intensivists at the time. She now wants to make sure young female medical students and intensivists come to understand that intensive care can be an excellent career for both genders.

Imogen is thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate and considerate. She has been a leader for most of her career, making her the ideal person to give us advice on leadership, communication, decision-making, the training of young doctors, and debriefing to manage stress. In this interview, Imogen starts with how she came to fancy intensive care over her initial desire to be a histopathologist, and ends with some great “life” tips for less experienced clinicians.

This podcast was created to help and inspire intensive care clinicians to improve the care we give to our patients by providing interesting and thought-provoking conversations with highly respected and experienced clinicians. In each episode, Andrew Davies, an intensivist from Frankston Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, speaks with a guest for the purpose of hearing their perspectives on the habits and behaviours that they believe are the most important for improving the outcomes of our patients. Things like bringing our best selves to work each day, optimal communication, coping with stress and preventing burn out, working well in a team, and interacting with patient’s families and the many other health professionals we deal with on a daily basis. The podcast is less about the drugs, devices and procedures that can be administered and more about the habits, behaviours and philosophies that can help intensive care clinicians to master the craft of intensive care.

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Last update: Jul 18, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

Mastering Intensive Care 010 with Imogen Mitchell
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LITFL Review 289

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Welcome to the 289th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chunk of FOAM.

The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week

Nick CumminsOur own Anand Swaminathan explains why the cognitive response to hypotension should not be to reach for a pressor but to treat the underlying condition in his post on occult causes of non-response to vasopressors. [SR] 

The Best of #FOAMed Emergency Medicine

  • Incredible podcast from EMCrit featuring Nadia Awad talking NOAC reversal. A must listen for Emergency providers and resuscitationists. [AS, SR]
  • Fantastic talk from Essentials of EM and Amal Mattu on avoiding the clean kill in wide complex tachycardias. [AS]
  • First10EM offers an excellent review of the recent literature on interventional stroke treatment and asks many of the critical questions in application. [AS]

The Best of #FOAMcc Critical Care

The Best of #FOAMres Resuscitation

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Last update: Jul 17, 2017 @ 10:27 am

LITFL Review 289
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