Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 538–541 | Cite as

Beyond journal clubs

Moving toward an integrated evidence-based medicine curriculum
  • Rose HatalaEmail author
  • Sheri A. Keitz
  • Mark C. Wilson
  • Gordon Guyatt


Incorporating evidence-based medicine (EBM) into clinical practice is an important competency that residency training must address. Residency program directors, and the clinical educators who work with them, should develop curricula to enhance residents’ capacity for independent evidence-based practice. In this article, the authors argue that residency programs must move beyond journal club formats to promote the practice of EBM by trainees. The authors highlight the limitations of journal club, and suggest additional curricular approaches for an integrated EBM curriculum. Helping residents become effective evidence users will require a sustained effort on the part of residents, faculty, and their educational institutions.

Key words

evidence-based medicine medical education curriculum internship and residency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose Hatala
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sheri A. Keitz
    • 2
  • Mark C. Wilson
    • 3
  • Gordon Guyatt
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Education Service, Durham Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and Department of MedicineDuke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa cityUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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