Thursday, March 13, 2014

Journal club for faculty or residents: a model for lifelong learning and maintenance of certification.

The journal club offers a model for lifelong learning and maintenance of certification (MOC) for residents and faculty staff.
  • First, it sharpens participants' critical appraisal skills by providing a space to discuss relevant medical literature. 
  • Second, it motivates participants to seek new medical literature on their own using technology. 
Our model sets forth a four-year journal club curriculum that could be used as one continuous curriculum or in bits and pieces:
  • In the first year, the focus is teaching residents how to read an article. 
  • The second year focuses on what is of interests to the reader. 
  • The third year applies the resident's appraisal skills to assigned articles to test whether they can determine which have reliable and valid findings and which are flawed. 
  • In the fourth year residents are asked to distinguish whether articles are well researched and referenced. 
Our model also motivates participants to read articles in faculty journal clubs throughout their career. In most academic settings category 1 continuing medical education (CME) credits can be awarded so journal club can have the added benefit of satisfying maintenance of certification CME credits. From journal club both residents and faculty can learn what is new and learn to apply this new information in their practice. Finally, because technology creates an overabundance of relevant medical literature, participants using our model can develop strong critical appraisal skills and methods for organizing the information they find that make this information readily available for future use and retrieval.

Int Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;25(3):276-83

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