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Journal club: old tricks and fresh approaches
  1. Sinead Mary McGlacken-Byrne1,
  2. Mark O'Rahelly1,
  3. Peter Cantillon2,
  4. Nicholas M Allen1
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  2. 2 Department of General Practice, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Nicholas M Allen, Department of Paediatrics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, H91 YR71; nicholas.m.allen{at}nuigalway.ie

Abstract

Journal club is a long-standing pedagogy within clinical practice and education. While journal clubs throughout the world traditionally follow an established format, new approaches have emerged in recent times, including learner-centred and digital approaches. Key factors to journal club success include an awareness of the learning goals of the target audience, judicious article selection and emphasis on promoting the engagement of participant learners. This article reviews the role that journal club plays in modern clinical education and considers how to optimise its benefit for contemporary learners.

  • journal club
  • evidence-based medicine
  • critical appraisal
  • twitter journal club
  • learner-centred
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  • SMM-B and MO are joint first authors.

  • Contributors SMB and MOR acquired, analysed and interpreted data for this study (literature review), drafted the article, co-wrote the article and wrote and revised subsequent drafts of the article. PC contributed to the content of the article, critically reviewed the article for important intellectual content and edited the article. NA conceptualised the study, supervised the study, contributed to the article, critically reviewed the article for important intellectual content and edited the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Hospital ethics approval was not requested due to study design.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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