GAFP Journal Club

The Education and Research Committee has established a virtual, interactive learning opportunity for residents and faculty to present their detailed analysis of clinically relevant journal articles.  The Committee is now accepting abstracts for GAFP’s Virtual Journal Club to be held September – December 2020. The GAFP virtual journal club is an opportunity for residents and faculty researchers to convene and discuss recent publications from peer-reviewed journals. Each one-hour forum will help participants stay abreast of current findings, exercise their critical thinking skills, and engage in scholarly discussions.  During the session, journal articles vetted by the GAFP’s Education & Research Committee will be critically evaluated, exposing the study’s strengths and weaknesses. This critical analysis will provide key take-aways which may be implemented in daily practice. Presenters and participants may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits* for their participation.

Journal Club Schedule

  • September 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • September 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • October 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • October 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • November 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • December 14, 2020 at 7:00pm

Requirements

To apply please submit the following items to Felicia D. Kenan, GAFP Director of Education at fkenan@gafp.org by August 21, 2020. There is no limit to the number of articles that may be submitted, however only 12 articles and presenters will be selected. The presenter must be a current resident member or a faculty member from a Georgia family medicine residency program.

  • Abstract of the clinical article (250 words or less)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (4-6 slides)
    Please use the following presentation checklist in creating your presentation:
  1. Introduction
    • Title slide containing the paper’s title, journal, publication year, and authors
    • Reasons you chose the paper
    • Background information necessary to understand the study
    • Your name and program
  2. Article Summary
    • Author’s hypothesis
    • Summary of methods
    • Key results and figures
    • Author’s main discussion points
    • Author’s conclusion and recommendations
  • Article Assessment
    • Significance or relevance of the findings
    • Strengths of the article
    • Weaknesses of the article
    • Overall critique
  1. Discussion Points
    • Related articles of clinical significance with similar or opposing conclusions
    • Personal thoughts, opinions, or lessons learned
    • Discussion questions for the audience
    • Invitation for questions

Selection Process

Each application will undergo a selection process consisting of members from the Education & Research Committee who will score each application using a rating method.  Only 12 applications will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 4th.

Journal Club Format

Each one-hour session will be delivered virtually using an online meeting platform (Zoom/GoToMeetings).  Bob Addleton, EdD, of Leadership in Practice, LLC, a training and consulting firm in Atlanta will serve as moderator.  Selected facilitators will present using PowerPoint for up to 30 minutes allotting the additional time for open discussion among attendees.  Please use the recommended 16:9 PowerPoint slide ratio for widescreen format when developing presentations.

AV Requirements

Facilitators are expected to have high bandwidth internet connection and laptop/computer with audio and video (webcam) capability.

Compensation

A $200 honoraria per session will be awarded to all facilitators in compensation for their time and research.

Notes:

  • Make presentations concise. Summarize only the key points of the article. Do not include every detail as these can be presented during the discussion period.
  • Use visual representation to simplify complex information.Create simple visual representations of complex ideas or techniques.
  • Make slides easy to read.Avoid having too much text in small fonts or too many figures on one slide. If a figure is too large, you can break it up into a few slides.
  • Initiate discussions within presentation.Include your thoughts and opinions on all aspects of the article to initiate a discussion. What were the article strengths and weaknesses? What questions came to mind when reading the article?

Submit abstract and presentation to Felicia Kenan, fkenan@gafp.org by August 21, 2020.  Accepted applications will be notified by September 4, 2020.

The Virtual Journal Club CME activity is supported by an educational grant from the American Board of Family Medicine.

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending
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