Journal clubs can play an integral part in graduate medical education.
They promote critical thinking, dissemination of information, and research and impact clinical practice.
Little has been written, however, about how to organize a journal club or improve its efficacy.
Although numerous articles discuss how journal clubs can be used to evaluate medical literature, only a few have examined what physicians are actually doing.
We surveyed all accredited PM & R program chief residents to ascertain the prevalence, format, and efficacy of PM & R residency journal clubs.
All programs that responded (89%) reported having a journal club, with most stating its purpose was to disseminate information from the current literature.
Review of classic articles and specialty topics was fairly uncommon.
Eighty-four percent of journal clubs were department-sponsored, and most met monthly for 1 hr during the workday.
Typically, four or more articles were presented under the guidance of the chief or other resident.
Impacting clinical practice and teaching critical analysis were other important goals of the journal clubs, yet most (76%) lacked an organized method for critical review.
Although most felt their journal clubs were successful, improving faculty participation, strengthening critical analysis skills, identifying and incorporating classic articles, improving clinical relevance, and providing a mechanism for feedback may further improve journal club efficacy and participant satisfaction.
Mots-clés Pascal : Physiothérapie, Réhabilitation, Revue bibliographique, Service hospitalier, Information biomédicale, Programme enseignement, Education, Journal, Support information, Formation permanente
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Bibliographic review, Hospital ward, Biomedical information, Educational program, Education, Newspaper, Storage media, Continuing education
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0403857
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 01/03/1996.