Why a (Virtual) Medical Journal Club is for you and how to make it work (I)

Are you a medical school applicant? A medical student? A doctor? (A well-run) Journal clubs benefit everyone. That is the fact. (If you are interested in medical education: look here, here, and here.)

As Meleger, Fraser, and Dunstan point out the impossibility of being expert: “To keep up to date, the cardiac imaging specialist needs to read 30 papers a week on echocardiography or 43 a week on multimodality imaging One can easily infer how much “extra reading,” in addition to keeping abreast within one's own field of expertise, would be required to maintain some semblance of clinical well-roundedness while stoking the fire of professional burnout."

That said, here is why a virtual medical journal club is for you. In this website, we seek to maintain 'clinical well-roundedness' whilst preferably not 'stoking the fire of professional burnout'.

A virtual journal club allows you in your own time to browse through a selection of posts covering a broad area of interests, presented in an approachable and concise manner. Through this you can:

  • improve critique skills

  • keep up-to-date with published work

  • maintain reading habits thus broadening your perspectives which might even inspire your next project (or impress your consultant)

  • guide clinical practice

  • improve presentation and communication skills (very important in any field)

If you have been inspired by our virtual medical journal club and would like to have a go, continue to our next post (coming soon!) to find out how.


Xiong, L., Giese, A., Pasi, M., Charidimou, A., van Veluw, S., & Viswanathan, A. (2018). How to Organize a Journal Club for Fellows and Residents.Stroke,49(9). doi: 10.1161/strokeaha.118.021728

Meleger, A., Co, J., & Zafonte, R. (2020). Rethinking Medical Journal Club.The American Journal Of Medicine,133(5), 534-535. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.10.033

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