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Oedipus to Jack the Ripper: The Alternative Journal Club

  • Gillian Combe (a1), Sara Cunningham (a2) and Anne Read (a3)
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Since the first journal clubs were started this educational tool has been used by the medical profession with varying degrees of success (Linzer, 1987). Journal clubs allow trainees to review a piece of published research and discuss it with senior colleagues. They are frequently plagued by poor attendance and perceived as less than exciting, and at worst frankly boring. The enormous choice of journals compared with 100 years ago and the diversity of the media available mean that journal clubs should look towards developing in their format. Various methods have been tried to improve attendance, perceived relevance and enjoyment, such as evidence-based medicine reviews (Gilbody, 1996), teaching critical appraisal skills, and using structured review methods (Burstein et al, 1996). Sidorov (1995) surveyed 131 postgraduate programmes in the eastern USA and found the following features were associated with high attendance and continuous existence of journal clubs: smaller residency programmes, making attendance mandatory, providing food and promoting original research articles.

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Burstein, J. L., Hollander, J. E. & Barlas, D. (1996) Enhancing the value of Journal club: use of a structured review instrument. American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14, 561 563.
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Linzer, M. (1987) The journal club and medical education: Over one hundred years of unrecorded history. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 63, 475 478.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (1996) Statement on Approval of Training Schemes for General Professional Training for the MRCPsych (Court of Electors/General Professional Training Committee). London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Sidorov, J. (1995) How are internal medicine residency journal clubs organised, and what makes them successful? Archives of Internal Medicine, 155, 1193 1197.
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Oedipus to Jack the Ripper: The Alternative Journal Club

  • Gillian Combe (a1), Sara Cunningham (a2) and Anne Read (a3)
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