Refreshing a Resident-Run Journal Club: A Focus on Article Selection

  • Jacqueline A. ClaussEmail author
  • Philip B. Cawkwell
  • Scott R. Beach
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Residency journal clubs frequently suffer from low attendance, limited reading of the primary article, and poor resident engagement. At the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital (MGH/McLean) adult psychiatry residency program, journal club has been a required component of the curriculum for many years; however, attendance and interest have historically been poor. We have undertaken a critical review of our current journal club and altered the article selection process to rekindle interest.

The authors (J.C. and P.C.) were tasked with facilitating the residency journal club for the MGH/McLean residency for the years 2018–2019. The MGH/McLean residency has 64 residents (16 per year) and about 1000 faculty (approximately 450 part-time and 550 full time) across two campuses. Prior to the 2018–2019 academic year, each journal club consisted of two post-graduate year two (PGY-2) residents presenting any article of their choosing. Each PGY-2 pair was asked to identify...



The authors would like to thank all of the residents and faculty members who participated in the residency journal club, provided feedback, and engaged in a lively discussion.

Funding Information

Dr. Clauss and Dr. Cawkwell were supported by the MGH/McLean Research Concentration Program (NIMH R25-MH094612).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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© Academic Psychiatry 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.McLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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