Growing simulation knowledge through journal clubs

You’ve likely heard of a book club where people get together to read and discuss literature chosen by the group. But have you ever heard of a journal club?
Journal clubs consist of people who come together and discuss publications relevant to their professional interests. This idea arose in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a way for clinical professionals to keep up with the latest science by sharing in the cost of international journals, regularly gathering to share translations and discussing the latest findings. 
The tradition of journal clubs continues today for many disciplines. In medicine, these groups are important to the professional development of trainees and practicing clinicians. As we advance the Simulation Fellowship at Jump, our enrollees will lead a journal club quarterly as part of the program’s curriculum. 

How the Jump Journal Club will work

The Jump Journal Club will primarily cover a variety of topics within simulation. It is open to anyone within OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria who is interested in simulation or involved in simulation in some way.
Publications will be chosen ahead of time and Journal Clubsparticipants will be able to read the content before the  meeting. The club get-togethers will last about an hour with each session including an introduction, paper summary, paper assessment and discussion points. 
As part of the introduction, the fellow leading the conversation will go over the reasons they chose the paper and give any background necessary to understand the study. They will then summarize the paper’s hypothesis, methodology, key results and figures, the author’s main discussion points and the article’s conclusion.

From there, the fellow will assess the relevance of the paper’s findings, strengths and weaknesses of the article and give an overall critique. The club will end with discussion around related papers or opposing conclusions, personal thoughts and lessons learned and a questions and answer session.


Our Simulation Fellows are required to have a certain amount of didactic curriculum in order to complete their programs. This gives them experience running a journal club and critiquing educational articles.

It will also spark new conversations among our practicing professionals about the practice of simulation. Our Jump Journal Club meetings start in January and will be online, after work hours. Work is underway for attendees to receive an hour of Interprofessional Continuing Education credit.
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