The Evolution of the Journal Club: From Osler to Twitter

Joel M. Topf, Matthew A. Sparks, Paul J. Phelan, Nikhil Shah, Edgar V. Lerma, Matthew P M Graham-Brown, Hector Madariaga, Francesco Iannuzzella, Michelle N. Rheault, Thomas Oates, Kenar D. Jhaveri, Swapnil Hiremath

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Journal clubs have typically been held within the walls of academic institutions and in medicine have served the dual purpose of fostering critical appraisal of literature and disseminating new findings. In the last decade and especially the last few years, online and virtual journal clubs have been started and are flourishing, especially those harnessing the advantages of social media tools and customs. This article reviews the history and recent innovations of journal clubs. In addition, the authors describe their experience developing and implementing NephJC, an online nephrology journal club conducted on Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Aug 15 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Continuing education
  • Discussion forum
  • Journal club
  • Literature appraisal
  • Medical education
  • Microblogging
  • NephJC
  • Nephrology
  • Nephrology training
  • New media
  • Online tools
  • Postpublication peer review
  • Professional development
  • Social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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