I sought to determine howjournal clubs in postgraduate programs in internal medicine are organized and to identify the features associated with high attendance and continuous existence.
Mailed cross-sectional survey of the 208 accredited residency programs in internal medicine in the eastern United States.
The surveys were mailed to the chief resident in internal medicine in August 1992.
Data from 131 residency programs were available (response rate, 64.5%). Mean estimated attendance at the 124 programs with an active journal club was 58.5% (range, 7% to 100%) ; 86 (65.6%) of the clubs were in continuous existence for 2 years or longer.
Fifty-two journal clubs (41.9%) were described as independent of any faculty clubs, and 62 (50.0%) emphasized original research.
The number of articles reviewed per session ranged from one to six, but the majority reviewed two articles, usually during a 1-hour period, most often during the lunch hour.
Seventy-two programs (58.1%) described club attendance as mandatory.
The provision of food was a regular feature of 83 (66.9%) of the journal clubs, and the majority of clubs with food regularly rely on funding support for the food from pharmaceutical companies.
Participation of faculty in the scheduling of the club, assigning articles, and overall coordination varied, but in 29 (22.1%) of the clubs, faculty provided formal teaching of critical appraisal skills, clinical epidemiology, and biostatistics.
Mots-clés Pascal : Journal, Médecine, Etudiant, Enseignement, Etats Unis, Organisation, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Newspaper, Medicine, Student, Teaching, United States, Organization, Human, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0362732
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.