Journal clubs are a great way to stay current with the medical literature without having to read all the journals yourself. Most faculty at UF participate in a journal club as do many private practitioners. For a journal club to be effective several people need to participate. We require 3-4 students to participate so if this interests you, recruit a few classmates and Kathy will help find a time and faculty .leader for Gainesville. Dr. Landa coordinates a journal club in Jacksonville.
- Pick a question related to a patient. (Use PICO format.)
- Select a relevant article.
- Read the article and use the “Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature” to guide your analysis as needed.
- Prepare ~ 10 minute discussion of the article that includes your clinical question, description of the type of study, general methods, main results, strengths/weaknesses, and how you will use this information in patient care.
- If you plan to refer to any figures or tables, make copies for everyone.
- Be prepared to address PPV, NPV, NNT, NNH as applicable.
- Be prepared to answer questions.
The advantage of participating in a journal club is that you leave familiar with multiple articles rather than only one.
Please include your question and the reference for the article you selected.