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Upcoming Journal Club Topics and Articles

The Medical Education Journal Club is every 2nd Thursday of the month, noon-1pm. If you would like to host a journal club session, contact Maria Pappas (

As a reminder, one article must be from medical education (an annotated bibliography of journals can be found here). The other article should be from outside medical education.  The articles outside medical education generally come from education, psychology, organizational management and sociology.

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To access most articles, you must be logged into the UCSF domain, either on campus or via VPN. Second Thursdays, noon - 1pm:

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November 14, 2019 - Reviewing the Academic Medicine RIME papers as a group

Host: Arianne Teherani


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The Patient Experience Debrief Interview How Conversations With Hospitalized Families Influence Medical Student Learning and Reflection

Chua, I. S., et al. Acad Med. 2019 Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002914.



A Continuum of Innovation Curricular Renewal Strategies in Undergraduate Medical Education, 2010-2018

Novak, D. A., et al. Acad Med. 2019 Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002909.



Can Professionalism Mini-Evaluation Exercise Scores Predict Medical Residency Performance? Validity Evidence Across Five Longitudinal Cohorts

Bajwa, N. M., et al. Acad Med. 2019 Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002895.



Exploring the Construct of Psychological Safety in Medical Education

Tsuei, S. H., et al. Acad Med. 2019 Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002897.



December 12, 2019
Host: Jody Steinauer


January 9, 2020

Host: Courtney Green

February 13, 2020

Host: Virginie Muller-Juge

March 12, 2020

Host: Lekshmi Santhosh

April 9, 2020

Host: Mindy Ju

April 23, 2020

Host: Katherine Gruenberg

June 11, 2020

Host: Brian Gin

July 9, 2020

Host: Daphne Lo


January 10, 2019 - Peer-Assisted Learning

Host: Jennifer Perkins

  1. Tamachi et al. “’You understand that whole big situation they’re in’: interpretative phenomenological analysis of per-assisted learning.” BMC Medical Education (2018) 18:197
  2. Burgess et al. “Facilitating the development of professional identity through peer assisted learning in medical education.” Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2014:5 403–406

    Note - In preparation for this Journal Club session, you are encouraged to skim through this paper:
  3. Topping, K.J. “The effectiveness of peer tutoring in further and higher education: A typology and review of the literature.” Higher Education 32: 321-345, 1996

February 14, 2019 - Feedback Culture

Host: Lynnea Mills

  1. Dahling, J., et al. Correlates and Consequences of Feedback Orientation in Organizations.  Journal of Management. 2012 Mar;38(2):531-546. DOI: 10.1177/0149206310375467
  2. Ramani, S., et al. About Politeness, Face, and Feedback: Exploring Resident and Faculty Perceptions of How Institutional Feedback Culture Influences Feedback Practices. Acad Med. 2018 Sep;93(9):1348-1358.  doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002193.
March 14, 2019 - What do milestones really measure?

Host: Gustavo Valbuena

  1. Peabody, MR et al. Examining the functioning and reliability of the family medicine milestones. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Feb;9(1):46-53. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-16-00172.1.
  2. Wilson, M. and Gochyyev, P.  Psychometrics. T. Teo (Ed.) Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Educational Research, 3–30, 2013, Sense Publishers.

April 11, 2019 - Are Teachers Teaching and Modelling Self-Regulated Learning: Why or Why Not?

Host: Bridget O'Brien

  1.  Regehr, G., et al. (2008).  Maintaining competence in the field: learning about practice, through practice, in practice.  J Contin Educ Health Prof., 28 Suppl 1:S19-23. doi: 10.1002/chp.203.
  2. Lawson, M., et al. (2019).  Teachers’ and Students’ Belief Systems About the Self-Regulation of Learning.  Educational Psychology Review., March 2019, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 223–

May 9, 2019 - Feedback is Interaction

Host: Marieke van der Schaaf

  1. Winstone, N. E., et al. (2017). Supporting learners' agentic engagement with feedback: A systematic review and a taxonomy of recipience processes. Educational Psychologist52(1), 17-37.  doi: 10.1080/00461520.2016.1207538
  2. Noble C., et al. (2019) Enhancing Feedback Literacy in the Workplace: A Learner-Centred Approach. In: Billett S., et al. (eds) Augmenting Health and Social Care Students’ Clinical Learning Experiences. Professional and Practice-based Learning, vol 25.  Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019 283.
June 13, 2019 - Uncertainty in Medical Education

Host: Naike Bochatay

  1. Fox, R. (1957). Training for uncertainty. In Merton, R.K., Reader, G.G. and Kendall, P.L. (eds) The Student-Physician. Introductory Studies in the Sociology of Medical Education. Cambridge: Harvard. Pp. 207-241.
  2. Tonelli, M.R., et al. (2019). A Philosophical Approach to Addressing Uncertainty in Medical Education. Academic Medicine, 94(4):507-511. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002512.
July 11, 2019 - Burnout and Personality

Host: Sam Brondfield

  1. Ghorpade, J., et al. (2007). Burnout and Personality: Evidence From Academia. Journal of Career Assessment, 15(2):240-256. doi: 10.1177/1069072706298156.
  2. Prins, D., et al.  (2019) The relationship between burnout, personality traits, and medical specialty. A national study among Dutch residents. Medical Teacher, 41:5, 584-590, DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1514459.

August 8, 2019 - Management Reasoning – Past Findings & A Call to Action

Host: Emily Abdoler

  1. Cook, D., et al. (2019). Management reasoning: implications for health professions educators and a research agenda [published online ahead of print April 23, 2019]. Acad Med. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002768.

  2. Denig, P., et al. (1993) Towards understanding treatment preferences of hospital physicians. Soc Sci Med 1993;36:915-924. doi: 10.1016/0277-9536(93)90083-g.

  3. Supplement:  Goldszmidt, M., et al. (2013) Developing a unified list of physicians’ reasoning tasks during clinical encounters. Acad Med 2013;88:390-397. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31827fc58d.

September 12, 2019 - Exploring Barriers to Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Host: Leslie Floren

  1. Harris, T. M., et al. (2019). Advocate-mentoring: a communicative response to diversity in higher education. Communication Education, 68(1), 103-113. DOI: 10.1080/03634523.2018.1536272.
  2. Khan, M. S., et al. (2019). More talk than action: gender and ethnic diversity in leading public health universities. The Lancet, 393(10171), 594-600.

  3. Youmans, Q., et al. (2018). Finding Focus: Recruiting and Supporting Underrepresented Minority Trainees Starts With Faculty. Academic Medicine, 93(4), 523. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002134.

    Optional Background Reading:

    Hakkola, L., and Ropers-Huilman, R. (2018). A critical exploration of diversity discourses in higher education: A focus on diversity in student affairs and admissions. In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (pp. 417-468). Springer, Cham.

October 10, 2019 - How (Actually) to Teach Professionalism

Host: Lynnea Mills

  1.  Berger AS, et al. (2019).  Teaching Professionalism in Postgraduate Medical Education: A Systematic Review. Acad Med. 2019 Sep.  DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002987
  2.  Wilensky, BH. Assignments with Intrinsic Lessons on Professionalism (Or, Teaching Students to Act Like Adults Without Sounding Like a Parent). J. Legal Educ. 65, no. 3 (2016): 622-36.

ARCHIVE - Past Medical Education Journal Club articles

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