How to run a successful 'Journal club'
Journal clubs are a great way to bring trainees/undergraduates with an interest in research together and to practise the skills of paper criticism and presentation.
Decide the following logistics:
- Who will take responsibility for the Journal club – will this be on a rolling basis?
- Who will be invited to attend – just trainees/undergraduates or consultants too?
- Where will you meet – who will book the venue? Will food be provided?
- How often and when will you meet?
- Will you provide certificates?
- How will you collect feedback so that you can improve?
- Choose a paper. You may choose something current/topical, a paper which considers a specific technique or a specific topic.
- Read the paper including the supplementary material.
- Check the impact factor of the journal and the background of the research group.
Create a presentation which outlines and critically appraises the:
- Introduction: purpose of the research
- Methods: be able to explain these (look up anything you’re not familiar with)
- Results: go through each figure in turn
- Discussion: do you agree with the conclusions? what are the clinical/research implications?
- Email the paper in advance to the group.
- Allow time for questions, discussion and debate.
Don’t forget to record your involvement on your CV.