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Small Animal Internal Medicine Journal Club

Flesner's Guidelines for Internal Medicine Journal Club: 2019 - 2020

  1. Journal Club will start from 0820 – 0900. Please calibrate your discussion to end at 0900, as some residents have other 0900 commitments.
  2. This year, we will be dividing Journal Club into two categories:
    1. House Officer Presentations-
      1. The presenter for each service present evidence-based articles. These can be physiologic or pathologic in nature. For example, an oncology resident could pick tyrosine kinase signaling and distribute the recently published Phosphorylated KIT as predictor of outcome in canine MCT treated with toceranib or vinblastine.
      2. One article will be discussed; it should a boards-relevant, clinical article within the past 10 years.
        1. Your articles do not need to pertain to your Monday CPC topic.
        2. Summarize each portion of your article (intro, M&M, results, discussion), but please do not read the article to the group.
        3. Use to guide your discussion; you can use rubrics for your presentation.
        4. Emphasize the “take home points”, things you liked, and specific concerns.
      3. Presenter should write 3-5 boards relevant questions per article to pass out and use as discussion points. This will benefit you in two ways: gearing your brain towards board prep and a head start on writing questions for the exam.
    2. Faculty (Expert) Presentations-
      1. These presentations will be centered on a faculty’s expertise. The faculty member is welcome to discuss any topic, but a high level of evidence article will accompany the discussion. For example, an oncologist could discuss classifying canine lymphoma and distribute the recently published Prognostic significance of morphocytes in canine lymphomas: A systematic review of literature.
      2. This article is meant to be supplemental. The discussion does not have to follow EBVM rules/outline.
  3. Articles should be sent out no later than the Wednesday prior to your discussion.
  4. Practice EBVM!
    1. There are five key steps to follow in Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM).*
      1. Asking an answerable clinical question
      2. Finding the best available evidence to answer the question
      3. Critically appraising the evidence for validity
      4. Applying the results to clinical practice
      5. Evaluate performance
  5. Know where to get help:
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    3. Check out this checklist:
  6. Will this paper change your clinical practice?

If you have questions about articles, please ask me no later than the Monday prior to your presentation. I’m happy to help find articles or develop your discussion. My goal is for this to be a boards-relevant, system based, critical analysis of veterinary internal medicine literature. Thanks!

*Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Knowledge, London UK