The scientific and medical literature is growing very rapidly. However, a critical evaluation and appraisal of the available information is needed. No physician is able “to digest” in a timely manner, the huge amount of knowledge being generated every day.
There is also a need to expand and balance each physician’s scope of what is happening in the world of clinical research while informing patients’ care and research directions. Scientific and medical collaboration which is crucial for good clinical practice and state of the art patient care. But what does “collaboration” really mean? (e.g. doctors sitting, talking, and exchanging ideas that push toward the goal of creating better health care, optimizing therapies, etc.) One way is through a JOURNAL CLUB!
The IACH journal club is a regular gathering of physicians and scientists to discuss a recent research paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. The goal is to present a summary of the chosen paper as proposed by the steering committee within the most recent hematology literature. Then, the discussion begins between the moderator, the panelist(s) and the audience. The goal is to initiate more discussion about a given topic, and how the results relate to the current knowledge, and at the end generate a healthy debate on the impact of the results on clinical practice.