Not just an essential tool for lifelong learning
- By: Charlotte Hellmich, Luc Bugeja
Are you worried about writing reports for your student selected component, passing exams, and the growing pressure to publish? Are you scared at the thought of reading a journal? Does the application of research in clinical medicine make no sense to you at all? Look no further—journal clubs could be the answer.
A journal club is a group of individuals who meet on a regular basis to discuss and explore publications. The traditional aims of a journal club are to achieve greater understanding of scientific concepts or to keep up with new findings. They may focus on historical articles or concentrate on more recent advances in research; alternatively, the two approaches can be combined.1 For students, journal clubs can help you to become familiar with the formats of publications and the concepts of critical appraisal—skills that can help you while you are at medical school whenever you might need to