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Journal Club for Medical Physics Residents

A Cetnar*, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institut, Columbus, OH


(Sunday, 7/29/2018) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: One of the components found in almost every medical residency is a journal club, but this model has not been well defined or modeled for medical physics. This submission is the first in the field to model journal clubs as a valuable space for analyzing scientific literature, promoting analytical reading skills, and providing a setting for intellectual discourse specifically for the medical physics community.

Methods: We initiated a medical physics journal club which allows the resident to gain scientific literacy by selecting a manuscript to read, digest, interact with, and present to a group. In order to help residents gain the literacy skills, the residents complete four different projects over the course of the residency.

Results: The four phase model provides a framework for progression as a learner with mentorship during each phase. Discourse is deemed to be important in the literature for journal clubs, but there is little data and only a few vague references at this point in the literature. In our journal club sessions, the residents learn how to implement active learning strategies that convey their ideas in a way that initiates learning opportunities for colleagues during the session.

Conclusion: This journal club model has been adopted by our residency program and educational materials have been developed such that it would be simple to expand the educational curriculum to other institutions. After a year of implementation, we have received positive feedback from the residents for the guided approach in learning these valuable skills and feedback from the physicists in the increased quality of resident presentations using learner-centered approaches. This four stage model can be expanded to many different audiences in the medical community as a format for not only physicists and physicians, but all health professions as a prototype for interacting with and presenting academic literature.


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