UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development offers three online journal clubs:
- Specialist Online Journal Club for Internal Medicine
- Rural Emergency Medicine Journal Club
- Sexual Health Forum (Online Journal Club & Practice-Based Dialogue)
What is an online journal club?
An online journal club is like a traditional journal club, with the added advantage to you of being able to participate at any time, from anywhere. A weblink to the chosen article will be available ahead of time. At your leisure, you can go to the site from any computer (no login required) and submit your comments, participating in the general discussion.
Once you are registered, you will be sent a URL (weblink) of the journal club. Even though no username and password is required, the journal club will be a secured website only visible to journal club members that have been provided the URL; the site cannot be found through search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo Search, etc. Therefore your discussion will be private and will not be seen by anyone outside of the journal club group.
To obtain study credits, you are required to submit two posts/comments per discussion cycle. Each discussion topic and selected article will be available for discussion for a five week period. There will be a short orientation at the beginning where journal club members will have the opportunity to choose the journal articles that will be included in the journal club sessions. There will be a cycle of five or six discussion topics over the year.
What will be covered in this course?
The Specialists Online Journal Club in Internal Medicine could cover all aspects of internal medicine, including acute and chronic care, and both office and hospital topics. The participants are internists, both urban and rural from across the province. The moderators are internists in rural practice.
The Rural Emergency Medicine Journal Club is aimed at physicians who provide emergency medicine care in rural BC and in small urban areas and will cover five new and relevant emergency medicine articles. The participants are both urban and rural from across the province. The moderators are emergency physicians or specialists in rural practice.
The Sexual Health Forum is a journal club in sexual health medicine. It is aimed at the general family physician (also relevant for Nurse Practitioners), and could cover all aspects of sexual health. The participants are both urban and rural from across the province. The moderators are physicians in rural and urban practice.
To learn more about these online journal clubs (costs, systems requirements for your computer, accreditation, etc.), visit the UBC Rural CPD web pages for the Specialists Online Journal Club in Internal Medicine, the Rural Emergency Medicine Journal Club, and the Sexual Health Forum.