Focus on PEM POCUS

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Cian McDermott and Pete Snelling. Focus on PEM POCUS, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a disruptive technology that has the potential to change the standard way children are evaluated and managed, particularly in the paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) department.  POCUS is a complex skill that needs to be broken down into bite sized components and the aim of this new DFTB series will give you the framework to get started and then go through specific applications as well as the evidence. This introductory post sets the scene.

DFTB go to PEMFest18

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Barnes, K. DFTB go to PEMFest18, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

Maybe you recognise the drill ……. you are tired, your frontline NHS job is tough,  there is a list of jobs as long as your arm at home, you still need to book transport to attend this conference, and you’re not sure if work will provide any study funding. But you decide to go for it. You’re pretty sure there’ll be someone to sit with – but too late now. Within five minutes of arriving you are infected – the space has a buzz, the crowd has a buzz and there is great coffee and little mini muffins (an army marches on its stomach), and it only gets better from there.

Bec Nogajski: Better Supervision at DFTB17

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Team DFTB. Bec Nogajski: Better Supervision at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

This talk was recorded live on the first day at DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops as well as the conference itself at

Norman Swan: Breaking boundaries in medicine at DFTB17

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Team DFTB. Norman Swan: Breaking boundaries in medicine at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

This talk was recorded late on the second day of DFTB17 in Brisbane.

Norman Swan is a multi-award winning broadcaster and producer. He has one three Walkey awards for national journalism and in 1989 he was given the Michael Daly award, Australia’s highest prize for science journalism. In this amazing talk he takes us through his formative years as a junior doctor, on to his role in exposing the scientific fraud of Dr William McBride, and beyond.

DFTB go to South Africa

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Tagg, A. DFTB go to South Africa, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

When Annet Alenyo Ngabirano spoke about Ubuntu at DasSMACC one of things everyone wanted to know was how could they help. There was talking about donating to Supadel or supporting African academics and writers . Another suggestion was for those of us who ware lucky enough to get a study budget to go to Africa and share our knowledge and experience. When Kat Evans came to Brisbane last year to speak at DFTB17 she was very excited about her upcoming secret project.

Medical Parents of Australia and New Zealand Conference – 2018

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Jasmine Antoine. Medical Parents of Australia and New Zealand Conference – 2018, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

The Medical Parents of Australia and New Zealand conference returned for round two over the weekend 3rd & 4th March, holding their event in Melbourne. MPANZ began as an idea on social media and has now expanded to a three-day event including workshops on resuscitation and career development.

Two new wellness resources

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Tessa Davis. Two new wellness resources, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

Wellness and wellbeing are current hot topics. Yes, we know that systems need to be changed, and we are all working hard every day to bring about change. But in the meantime, as junior doctors, we still need to go to work every day.

The reality of dealing with life and death situations, the responsibility of decision-making, the shift work and lack of sleep, the inevitable errors, the time away from our families, can all lead to increased stress, anxiety, burnout, and depression.

It’s not a case of telling junior doctors that they have to toughen up, it’s about supporting ourselves to manage our work-life balance as well. That’s our individual responsibility.

And that’s why I was so pleased to see two fabulous, and different, resources launched this week.

First off the starting block was Australia, with WRaPEM was built by a team of Queensland-based Emergency Physicians with an interest in wellbeing.

WRapEM has a set of ten modules which are fully designed and collated so that you could run them in your department next week. Modules topics include communication, performance optimisation, reflection, and self-care. Each module has a comprehensive lesson plan consisting of pre-reading material, a guide for facilitators, a guide for learners, and some have slides already prepared, and quizzes for the end of the session. The modules allow user participation and can be adapted depending on how you would like to use them.

Example of the facilitator guide from the Communication Module

Next is You Got This, by a UK team of EM healthcare professionals in Bristol Children’s Emergency Department. This is a wellness website and blog specific to those working in Emergency Departments, which also contains links to a range of organisations that can offer support and advice when we need it. It has a promising wellness blog with some great posts to get their library started. And it has a department-specific wellness section which includes bespoke elements focused on support; activities (like an annual Wellness Week); innovations (things like positive incident reporting); resources (to share with your staff what the local wellbeing support is, social events in the department, wellbeing projects).



Both of these resources are excellent and they have something different to offer. Here at DFTB, we cannot wait to watch them grow and develop over the coming months, and I look forward to using them in my own department.

Henry Goldstein: Failing Forwards at DFTB17

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Henry Goldstein. Henry Goldstein: Failing Forwards at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:

At the time we began planning #DFTB17, I was eager to speak on the concept of Failure. I’d just failed yet another college examination and was keen to describe my personal experiences. But along the way, I discovered that failure is for everyone. Here’s what I had to say: