Andrew Tagg. Looking back, Looking forward, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
One of the nice things about living in Australia is being amongst the first to welcome in the new year. As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 creeps out from under duvet, it is time to take a look back at the last year on DFTB.
Since the beginning of the year we have published 126 posts by 19 different authors. Here are some of our highlights of the year.
“This year has been a great one at DFTB as I finally got to meet someone else on the team in the flesh. People seem to think that Tessa, Ben, Henry and myself knew each other before the website and hang out all the time but it wasn’t until I went to SMACCDub that I finally got to meet another quarter of the team. It’s been a great year for making new friends in the FOAMed community and strengthening relationships with old ones. On a more personal level little Rosie was born and spluttered into my world bringing a helpless little human into the house.” Andy
“Andy has touched on a really lovely thing about DFTB & FOAMed in general – something that’s certainly been a highlight for me this year – the matching of warm faces and handshakes to kindred names and voices from across the globe. This year I’ve relished coordinating the Sweet Spot interview series; the opportunity to seek explicit, practical advice from a group of professional superiors is one of the great strengths of our community. More personally, I’ve been afforded the chance to work part-time for half of 2016 and appreciate the (family) benefits and (professional) challenges this brings. Finally, I’m coming to the end of a posting in Adolescent Psychiatry, which has certainly given me some fresh perspectives on Medicine, Paediatrics and Psychiatry, the latter of which I hope to share into the new year.” Henry
“2016 has afforded me the opportunity to talk with several people whose work I really admire including Adam Cheng, Walter Eppich, Nate Kuppermann and of course, Tessa Davis (who I met for the first time in April). What struck me about all these, in my mind incomprehensibly productive, people is that they seem to very much enjoy what they do. Reflecting on my own practice the things that I tend to get better feedback about tend to be the things that I enjoy the most. Therefore in the spirit of making the world a better place I am going to spend 2017 trying to do as much of what I enjoy as possible. I am really looking forward to meeting more inspirational people at DFTB17, first up will be a coffee with Andy Tagg who I have still yet to meet IRL”. Ben
“2016 has been fabulous for DFTB. In this, our third year as a blog, we have broadened our collaboration – this includes with EMA Journal (we are section editors), APLS (distributing their conference videos), PERUKI (our new series Bubbling Up) and others. I hope that over the coming year DFTB continues to involve and collaborate. And of course our conference (DFTB17) is coming up in 2017 which is a new adventure for all of us. Working with the DFTB team is an absolute joy – even though we have not all met in person, it really doesn’t matter. We communicate constantly and work together so well. Over the years, the most successful projects I have been involved with are the ones with the best teams. Andy, Ben, and Henry – you are an awesome team to work with.”. Tessa
We all hope you continue to join us as we forge new ground with the inaugural Don’t Forget the Bubbles conference in Brisbane (August 28th -30th) as well as producing our usual quality material.