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Acad Radiol. 2017 Mar;24(3):273-285. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2016.08.030. Epub 2016 Dec 1.

Another Time, Another Space: The Evolution of the Virtual Journal Club.

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Division of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology, Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 30 Hope Drive, Suite 1800, Mail Code EC 008, Hershey, PA 17033-0859. Electronic address:
Department of Radiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
Department of Radiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia.
Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine & Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.
Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.


Virtual journal clubs (VJCs) provide a standardized, easily accessible forum for evidence-based discussion. The new virtual reality setting in which journal clubs and other online education events now take place offers great advantages and new opportunities for radiologists in academic medicine and private practice. VJCs continue to evolve, largely due to many emerging technologies and platforms. VJCs will continue to play an increasingly important role in medical education, interdisciplinary interaction, and multi-institutional collaboration. In this article, we discuss how to conduct and lead a critical review of medical literature in the setting of a virtual or traditional journal club. We discuss the current applications of VJCs in medical and graduate medical education and continued lifelong learning. We also explain the advantages and disadvantages of VJCs over traditional venues. Finally, the reader will be given the tools to successfully implement and run a VJC.


Journal club; education; virtual journal club; virtual learning

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