Medical Jellybeans with @TheTopEnd

Jellybeans. Conversations with Care. The Jellybeans started here and are now also hosted on (The Original) & This is the complete collection. Sometimes containing more controversial offerings.

Jellybean 14 with Tamara Hills.


The amount of hyperbole that SMACC is generating is quite something.
Some people will already be whinging about this.
I can understand that.
The amount of enthusiasm that this phenomenon generates is not normal.

But why? What’s so special?

We can hear Scott Weingart on emcrit
We can read Chris Nickson on LITFL
We can fall in love with ECG’s at HQMedEd

I can tell you why I am so enthusiastic about it…

Because of Tamara Hills.
Just watch “17 minutes”


Do it now. Please. I recommend you do it before you click play on this #jellybean.

Tamara Hills ( has an incredible story to tell and she tells it through her incredible son, Christopher.

I watched it in its entirety just before I spoke to Tamara.
This was a (sort of) mistake because I am a big softy.
I have lived my life with my heart on my sleeve.
It gets dirty there and I bump it into things.

I was actually a little rattled when I recorded this Jellybean

You may be able to tell as I speak a little too much and a little too fast.
But bumping my big soft heart into people like Tamara is the benefit I get.
And she was not the only one who inspired me at SMACC.

All the well known names delivered.

I gave @cliffreid ( a standing ovation and I laughed until I hurt listening to Dr John “Deadpan/Skidpan” Hinds (@DocJohnHinds).
I told @karimBrohi ( that he was a hero of mine and not for the reasons you might think. I was a little (more) disinhibited than usual.

The big thing about SMACC are the “little” people.

Every time I spoke to someone in the halls and corridors they were bloody interesting.
The paramedic students, kilt wearing horse breeders, the Medicins sans Frontieres veterans, the social workers, the company reps (yes I just said that), the country GP’s, the ENT surgeons, crazy scottish muso’s, flying paediatricians …. I could go on.
The number of people that I wanted to Beanboozle with a Jellybean was somewhere near 1200.

I was a little overwhelmed. I’m not saying it was perfect. I have compared SMACC 2013 to Woodstock. SMACC GOLD was not the same. It was a different beast. I don’t agree with loads of stuff that was said on stage. Of course not. Thats a good thing. I went and chewed someones ear off about it afterwards and late into the night.

Nickson, Brazil, Flower, May, Bowles, Macken, Le Cong, McPartlin, Leo, and Harris are not the FOAMed Messiahs, they are very naughty boys AND girls.

I missed SMACC Chicago but @RollCageMedic recorded some #Jellybeans there for me. (Thanks.)

I’m off to SMACC Dublin. I’m aiming for a marathon of #Jellybeans. I hope you can be part of it.



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