How to Develop and Lead a Journal Club Activity at Your APPE Site

How to Develop and Lead a Journal Club Activity at Your APPE Site

Journal clubs have long been used to teach critical evaluation of the literature, keep practitioners up-to-date, and improve clinical practice. However, journal clubs can suffer from a lack of focus and poorly defined goals, failure to discuss the clinical application of the articles, and lengthy presentations and discussions. While journal clubs are often a required activity, it can be difficult to make a journal club presentation meaningful if only one student and preceptor are at a rotation site. This course provides tips on how to make journal clubs more meaningful in any setting, from defining goals to selecting impactful articles to applying adult learning principles. Hear strategies on how to standardize presentations and use literature evaluation checklists to make this exercise more effective in your APPE!

Upon successful completion of this application-based CPE course, pharmacy preceptors should be able to:
1. Identify at least 3 common goals of journal clubs
2. Explain how journal club goals relate to the principles of adult learning
3. Given a goal for journal club, discuss appropriate criteria for selecting journal article(s)
4. Choose an appropriate template/checklist to assist with critical evaluation of different types of journal articles
5. Identify ways to incorporate journal clubs into Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Sherrill Brown, DVM, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor
University of Montana

Sherrill Brown has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Course fee includes course, course materials, and CPE credit submission to CPE Monitor.
Course is non-refundable.
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2023
Planned Expiration Date: February 28, 2026

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Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-23-117-H99-P
Application-based CPE Activity

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