How to Make Journal Club Work

As part of a drive to create asynchronous learning resources for the SMACC Education Workshop, Chris Nickson talked to Simon Carley to find out ‘How to make Journal Club work”. It also ties in nicely with the SMACC EBM Workshop that Simon is running. They cover the objectives, structure and setting, the people involved, content and conduct, tech and resources to help with journal club and what the oucomes should be.
Check out Simon’s St. Emlyn’s post on Journal Clubs for an introduction.

Key Journal Club references

  • BMJ Careers, 2011: Are journal clubs an essential tool for postgraduate education? Yes by Sophie Cook [Free Full text] No by Helen MacDonald [Free Full Text]
  • Deenadayalan Y, Grimmer-Somers K, Prior M, Kumar S. How to run an effective journal club: a systematic review. J Eval Clin Pract. 2008 Oct;14(5):898-911. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01050.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 19018924. [Free Full Text]
  • Patil P. Establishing an Effective Journal Club: A Postgraduate Educational Tool.Education In Medicine Journal, 2013 5(3). doi:10.5959/eimj.v5i3.134 [Free Full Text]
  • Pitner ND, Fox CA, Riess ML. Implementing a successful journal club in an anesthesiology residency program. F1000Res. 2013 Jan 16;2. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-15. PubMed PMID: 24358844; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3752701.

Also, this is the iTeachEM post on NB that was mentioned in the podcast for collaborative document annotation: NB Helps Flip the Classroom

Free websites with journal club archives

Useful critical appraisal resources

Come meet Simon and the iTeachEM team at smaccGOLD.

Vive la FOAM!


The Future of Education at SMACC


All the talks from SMACC are being released on the SMACC podcast and we’ve finally reached the end of the first of the three days. Day One finished with a fascinating plenary session on the ‘Future of Education’. From my point of view, it was awesome to be able to get a bunch of brilliant people together and have them talk about stuff I wanted to hear about.

If you’re into medical education and FOAM, you won’t want to miss out on any of the plenary:

I should also mention that even before the plenary began there was this two hour session on FOAM as it is, including its challenges and pitfalls:

  • SMACC FOAM Q/A — a bunch of hardcore FOAMers got together for a Q&A session on all of its facets — with audience participation, of course. It features Scott Weingart of EMCrit, Joe Lex of Free Emergency Medicine Talks, Simon Carley of StEmlyns, Minh Le Cong of PHARM, Oli Flower of ICN as well as Mike Cadogan and yours truly from LITFL and iTeachEM.

Subscribe to the SMACC Podcast on iTunes. Vive la FOAM!