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Tip of the week: Use journal club to evaluate residents' evidence-based skills

Residency Program Insider, April 22, 2008

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A journal club is an excellent opportunity to evaluate your residents’ evidence-based skills—one component of the ACGME’s practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI) core competency.

The term “evidence-based skills” refers to your residents’ ability to locate, appraise, and understand information from medical literature. To assess their proficiency, ask your residents to create an oral presentation using PowerPoint for one of your journal club meetings. Then evaluate their presentation and include that form in the resident’s file.

Assess residents’ summary of the article using the following criteria:
• Research objective
• Previous studies on this topic
• Study design
• Inclusion and exclusion criteria
• Definition of exposure categories
• Definition of outcome measure
• Potential confounding variables
• Statistical methods
• Data collection
• Results
• Interpretation of results
• Strengths and weaknesses of the article
• Applicability to current practice patterns

This week’s tip is from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD.



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