The effect of a medical journal club on residents' knowledge of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics

Fam Med. Sep-Oct 1992;24(7):528-30.


Background: We performed a prospective controlled trial of a monthly journal club to determine if it would increase pediatric residents' knowledge of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Methods: Intervention residents received two didactic sessions before the journal club started. Eight monthly journal club sessions followed. Pediatric residents at another institution served as controls. Intervention and control residents completed a pre- and post-test on clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Results: Neither the intervention nor the control group showed a significant change in test scores over the 9-month period.

Conclusion: A more intensive and more structured approach is needed to effectively teach clinical epidemiology and biostatistics to residents.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Biometry
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods
  • Epidemiology / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Prospective Studies