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The journal club.
  1. R. P. Valentini,
  2. S. R. Daniels
  1. Department of pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor 48109-0297, USA.


    As the body of medical literature continues to expand, physicians must develop the necessary skills to keep up with the vast amount of information available. The journal club provides a forum to allow residents to remain current with the literature while also teaching them the methods to evaluate it critically. Those readers wishing to start a journal club or revive an existing one should begin by designating a leader and defining the conference goals. Emphasizing the importance of this conference in the educational process while allowing it to be structured to optimise resident interest and attendance will help to ensure its success. Periodic evaluation of this conference will allow the organisers to assess the concordance of the resident's goals with those of the faculty. Formal evaluation will also provide an objective assessment of the knowledge gained by the house-staff through participation in journal club.

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