Beyond content: leadership development through a journal club.Am J Prev Med. 2014 Nov;47(5 Suppl 3):S301-5
Authors: Kattan JA, Apostolou A, Al-Samarrai T, El Bcheraoui C, Kay MK, Khaokham CB, Pillai P, Sapkota S, Jani AA, Koo D, Taylor WC
CDC designed its Health Systems Integration Program to prepare leaders to function at the interface of public health and health care. Specific Health Systems Integration Program competencies in the areas of communication, analysis and assessment, and health systems were developed to nurture evidence-based decision-making and leadership skills crucial for future public health leaders. The program therefore designed an innovative journal club as part of its competency-based curriculum not only to meet the standard goals for a journal club-critical reading, interpretation, and acquiring content knowledge-but also to foster leadership development. This report describes the Health Systems Integration Program journal club format, its implementation, challenges, and key elements of success. Other programs using a journal club model as a learning format might consider using the Health Systems Integration Program's innovative approach that focuses on leadership development.