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PPC II, PPC V & PEBM Journal Club Assignment Guide: Assignment Instructions

This guide is focused on the journal club presentation assignment in the EBM I and II courses.

HSC IV Journal Club Announcements

  • Because it is a Zoom session, we will not require students to wear white coats and ID badges, Students are required to wear semi-professional attire.The rubric has been modified because of this change. See the modified rubric on the rubric page of this guide.

Assignment Dates:

  • HSC IV - Journal Club Article selection due on Monday, January 13, 2021 at 5 pm. Email your choice to Prof. McEwen
  • HSC IV Journal Club Session - Friday, January 22, 2021 from 1-3 pm
  • PPC II Journal Club Session - Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 8-10 am


Help Session Information

  • HSC IV Journal Club Help Session:
    • TBA
    • Zoom information  in AIMS
  • PPC II Journal Club Help Session:
    • Tuesday, April 13th 12-1 pm
    • Informal session. Come with your questions about your article or about the article in general.
    • Zoom information  in AIMS

PPC II Small Group Journal Club Presentation Instructions

  • Small group information, article information, small group leader contact information, and Zoom information can be found in the PPC II course AIMS sites.
  • For PPC II, your small group leader will choose your journal club article. All articles will focus on obesity.
  • Everyone must participate in the oral presentation. You can divide the oral presentation however your group would like.  
  • Groups are not permitted to use PowerPoint/Prezi slides for their presentation.
  • You can work on your presentation and discuss the article with your group using a journal club AIMS collaboration site.
  • You will want to practice your presentation with your group prior to the journal club session.
  • Bring your journal article to the session. You may have notes. Handouts are optional. If a group provides a handout, your small group leader(s) will provide the group formative (ungraded) feedback on the quality of the handout. There is an example of a handout in the assignment folder in AIMS. 

How is the HSC IV Journal Club Assignment Different from the HSC I Presentation?

  • Your group must choose article for this presentation. Article requirements are:
    • The article is a randomized control trial on humans
    • The article was published in the last 5 years
    • The article was published in the United States, Canada, or Europe
    • The article is the not listed in the articles to avoid list on AIMS (resources folder --> assignments folder --> journal club folder)
      • **First come, first served for article choice. Email your article information to Professor McEwen by January 13th at 5 pm. You will be asked to provide a second choice if your first choice article has already been selected by another group or was used in HSC I.
      • Read the article prior to submitting your choice. Article selection is an important skill.
      • See Professor McEwen's short lecture video for more assignment details.
      • Course directors and small group leaders give final approval for articles submitted.
  • The expectation is that your group's performance will improve.
  • Group members are expected to choose another section to present from what they presented in the HSC I journal club presentation. If you presented the introduction section in HSC I, choose another section (the methods, results, etc.) for the HSC IV presentation.
  • Expectations of student performance compared to the HSC I Journal Club Presentation:
    • You will be expected to provide greater detail in your presentation to the statistics in the article.
    • You will be expected to apply your knowledge gained from your basic science courses and POMS I.
    • You will be expected to better apply the research to clinical practice.