Here in Virchester we have run a journal club for many, many years. In fact we consider ourselves to be one of the founding truly evidence based journal clubs with a history dating back to 1997. The JC at Virchester ED has taught hundreds of docs about critical appraisal and BestBets and we like to think that we have changed the way that EM physicians practice and question their own practice in this part of the world.
Back in 1997 we ran a weekly journal club in the department with great attendance and great involvement, but times change. Our ED got busier and busier with more out of hours work and with a greater senior presence outside of normal working hours, it became increasingly difficult to get everyone together at the same time and the same place so we looked to move from synchronous education to asynchronous methods. We had to develop other ways to teach and learn, primarily through the use of Moodle based classrooms which were (and still are) fantastic, but they are hardly in the spirit of #FOAM, trapped behind passwords and firewalls they are exclusive and restrictive which has led to complaints from colleagues who want to join the party.
We have seen what can be done by others using the Internet and in particular Twitter to spread journal clubs beyond the normal boundaries of departments and hospitals and we have decided to follow a similar path with the St.Emlyn’s journal club. The credit to this has to go to Janos Baombe one of our new consultants and Twitter afficionado, he exemplifies the spirit of international FOAM by joining our journal club from Cameroon (and crashing his car in the process).
So what’s it about?
- 1. Journal club runs on it’s own channel so get onto your Twitter account and follow @JC_StE now.
- 2. We will post a paper for discussion towards the beginning of the week.
- 3. Download and read the paper, review it and see what you think.
- 4. Join us on Fridays live at 1300-1400 GMT for a live feed or drop in later with comments.
- 5. We will use these together with a summary of the paper published on the St.Emlyn’s blog later in the week. For example have a look at Rick’s Prezi from last week here.
So come on folks, join the #FOAM party at St.Emlyn’s and join us for JC, you know you want to 🙂