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 66 with Claire & Saskia

What is it like to be a student volunteer at SMACC? Claire and Saskia (@ClaireYelmorb and @saskia_port) talk about how they ended up working at #dasSMACC. It’s a story of humour, verve, enthusiasm and a little bit of teasing of the Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Emlyn’s.

There will be a load of well written post-SMACC articles out already. They’re written by people that write.

I am more of a talker. I spent the entire conference talking to people behind the scenes, in front of the scenes and causing the scenes.

As ever they are conversations in the fast lane and will be coming to LITFL

And what better way to start than two young women from St. Emlyn’s who applied for some of the volunteer scholarship type things that SMACC does. (This year there were 23 Volunteers and 3 Volunteer Co-ordinators.)

Meet Claire from Bolton and Saskia from Leeds. This was no War of the Roses. They were hard working and hard worked. They talk us through how they got involved and what sort of stuff they were doing.

The SMACC Junior volunteers are an interesting bunch. #FOAMed is about education and while SMACC has grown into its own very big and very successful thing the idea of free open access to medical education is still at the core of the endeavor. Thus it will always be about learning. I, for one, will always need to learn just to keep up with the guys that have barely started. These are those guys. There is something exciting about the early days of our various paths. Are you still feeling that?

One might think that the inspiration comes from the stage at events like SMACC or EM Essentials. I think there is inspiration in the young paramedics and EMTs, the students nurses and trainee midwives, the medical students and junior doctors. I know I feel it.

It’s not all about lights and cameras. The action is everywhere.

There will always be a need for #FOAMed or its equivalent. If you’ve learned something from #FOAMed then share it. It is much more than a blog, a podcast or an event.

If you have long since qualified then do you remember what it was like when, as a student, some one took an interest in you and taught you something? I hope you do. Be that person. Reach out to the students you meet and treat them with respect, share your hard earned knowledge with them, inspire them a bit. That inspiration works both ways.

We are all students. We all need teachers. We all can teach. You don’t have to be on the stage or on the web.

“Bedside” teaching/learning is an essential part of the nursing/paramedic/medicine experience. It’s good for the learner. It’s good for the teacher. Shake off a little cynicism and go out there and inspire and be inspired. It is a “win win”.

Volunteer. Put yourself forward. Reach out. Encourage. Nurture. Throw off your shackles and go be a relative “expert”. Help teach a student. It’s not as hard as you think. It is as inspirational now as it ever was. Have a listen and see if you don’t get a little bit infected.

Tune in next week for a very different story; learning medicine under siege in Aleppo.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on September 13, 2017 by in Pure Jellybeans and tagged , , , , , , .

Follow me on Twitter

Follow Medical Jellybeans with @TheTopEnd on

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,742 other followers


Music helps. Try it.


#PatrickTracey #house #adelaide #8ftwide #tinyhouse from 1880
#Adelaide #backstreets #meltedbin
#greatoceanroad ..... this is the busy part. Best parts are still all but #abandoned Worth getting out to the #extreme #western end and over into the #southaustralian side to the #limestone of the #limestonecoast
#lochardgorge One of those places that you really don’t expect to be real. This is movie set shit! #australia #victoria #roadtrip
#Victoria #12apostles #winter
#ferry #Sorrento #queenscliff #victoria #winter #RoadTrip
@wanderingsootball I used to travel with Sluggy all the time. He still comes on many trips but he is less of an exhibitionist these days. Or maybe he just didn’t want to steal all the limelight. I don’t know. He doesn’t talk much. But somehow I feel that Kuro and Sluggy might get on. He’s made of slugginess and slime. He’s not made of soot but he is a big fan of Spirited Away. Am I right in assuming that Kuro is in fact one of the very talented soot ball actors from the scenes in the boiler room with Kamaji, the Boilerman?
Bringing my daughter walking
#walk #beach #wind #rain
You could sleep on the couch? But why would you when you can sleep on the roof? Another #urban #rooftop #winter #hammockcamping in #Brunswick #melbourne #victoria #australia Hammock @ddhammocks Tarp @hammockgear pimped with @dutchwaregear Quilts @hammockgear Cans @marshallamps_uk @marshallamps_us
My mate Gerry. A winemaker and wine thief #extraordinaire Here clambering among French oak at @willowcreekvineyard in ninja like fashion ( the equally agile @mammoth_wine might be concerned about her bringing a knife to a gun-fight! ) thanks to @mpplunge for a great day.
A rather different sort of trip today. @mpplunge
#hammockcamping where #hammocks don’t make sense. I’m always out on the trail with my #hammock but I’m often out there with people that sleep on the ground or in a hut. Funnily enough that’s not always the easiest place to find a good #hang ... maybe I’m hanging out with the wrong people? #frenchmanscap #tasmania #australia #incessantrain #underquilt @hammockgear & @dutchwaregear
New Post on the website. #hammockcamping with people who do not do #hammocks It’s a complex matter!
Sleeping up at about 1000 metres on the side of #FrenchmansCap in #Tasmania in the #rain and #cloud and in my #dutchware #hammock under my old @hammockgear #tarp at #Tahune outside the very nice new #TahuneHut Everyone was stuck in the hut, except the idiot in a hammock! That was me! I wanted to see how much rain and wind I could manage and I was beside the hut if it failed. I don’t know how much rain fell but my @hennessyhammock water collector caught 2000 mls in 6 hours and that was collecting from the highpoint of the #caternary cut on one side. It was around freezing and the rain and spray was actually going upwards as the wind funnelled up the valley below #LakeTahune There is one reasonable hammock spot on a tent platform outside the amazing new hut. The trees are small so you really get bounced around when the winds hit #galeforce but I stayed dry and warm. In four days I never saw the #Cap despite taking a very wet walk up to the #summit the day after the worst weather. Despite it all this has to be close to the #mostbeautifulplaceonearth even in the #incessantrain It was so dark I had to put the camera down for a 1/30 second exposure and it blew over twice.
Walked up #FrenchmansCap in #Tasmania in the #rain and #cloud and slept in my #hammock at #Tahune outside the very nice new #TahuneHut in four days I never saw the #Cap despite taking a very wet walk up to the #summit This has to be close to the #mostbeautifulplaceonearth even in the #incessantrain
#rooftop #urban #hammockcamping in #Melbourne This time we see a bit of #classy @hammockgear action with my old #cuben 4D4S tarp just about squeezing into a wee space and my new 0 degree econ #underquilt Off to #frenchmanscap in #Tasmania with this set up next week. It will rain and rain and rain!
%d bloggers like this: