Resident run journal club: a model based on the adult learning theory

Med Teach. 2009 Apr;31(4):e156-61. doi: 10.1080/01421590802516723.


Background: Multiple formats of journal club exist but data is lacking regarding which model is most effective. Many residents are dissatisfied with their current format, which was the case at our institution.

Aim: This article discusses a resident run model, residents' perceptions following its implementation, and recommendations for running a successful journal club. Practice points Journal club formats vary extensively without a clearly superior method. Defining goals is the first step to a successful journal club. Structured review instruments for articles enhance journal club. The presence of subspecialty staff may augment learning. Resident-run models of journal club can be successfully implemented.

Methods: A resident run model of journal club was developed based on Adult Learning Theory. A 30-question survey was created to assess residents' attitudes and satisfaction with the new model.

Results: All respondents preferred the new model compared to the old model. Residents reported the new model increased their medical knowledge (88%) and they were able to apply the methods learned in journal club to actual patients (82%).

Conclusions: A resident run model of journal club may be a viable option for those attempting to start or improve their current club.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires