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September 6, 2006

Group Writing of Letters to the Editor as the Goal of Journal Club

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1049-1054. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1053

To the Editor: A traditional journal club consisting of reiterating study results or generating lists of criticisms may enhance exposure to the medical literature, but its effectiveness in advancing critical appraisal skills has been questioned.1 Because fellows and faculty had found the journal club experience unfocused, unproductive, and difficult to sustain, we altered it to add a concrete goal: composing, editing, and submitting a letter to the editor, with the intention of improving skills in critical analysis and scientific writing.