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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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July 11, 2019
Host: Sam Brondfield
August 8, 2019
Host: Lekshmi Santhosh
September 12, 2019
Host: Leslie Floren
October 10, 2019
Host: Lynnea Mills
November 14, 2019
Host: Justin Sewell
December 12, 2019
Host: Jody Steinauer

Past Journal Club Sessions


May 10, 2018


Please consider attending the AOA/GHC lecture by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

Date/Time: May 10, 12-1pm
Location: 513 Parnassus Ave Nursing Building, N-217

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Yale and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center. Her research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations.  She is an senior author on the 2017 JAMA article Racial disparities in medical student membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. This lecture will be open to the campus community, Alumni, and GHC Society members and friends.

June 14, 2018 - Educational Environment

Host: Per J. Palmgren, PhD

  1. Per J. Palmgren, Ingrid Lindquist, Tobias Sundberg, Gunnar H. Nilsson, Klara B. Laksov (2014). Exploring perceptions of the educational environment among undergraduate physiotherapy students. International Journal of Medical Education. 2014;5:135-146
  2. Per J. Palmgren, Matilda Liljedahl, Ingrid Lindquist, Klara Bolander Laksov (2017). A qualitative exploration of chiropractic and physiotherapy teachers’ experiences and conceptualizations of the educational environment. J Chiropr Educ. 2017 Mar;32(1):10-22
July 12, 2018 - Consequential Validity

Host: Molly Fyfe - Senior Research Manager at Cambridge Assessment, London, UK

Molly Fyfe will lead the conversation on the social consequences of assessment. The discussion will be around the consequences of assessment, and whether/how these should be considered in validity arguments (consequential validity).

‘No-one disagrees that the social consequences of test uses (and misuses) are important. The dispute is whether to call it “validity” or not.’ (Shea and Fortna, 2010 in International Handbook of Research in Medical Education)

There are two short readings, from different sides of the debate around consequential validity:

1.- The consequences of biomedical admissions testing on individuals, institutions and society (McElwee et al, 2017, p 181-194) is an example of how the consequences of the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) have been conceptualised as part of a validity argument

2.- Sources of Validity Evidence for Educational and Psychological Tests: A Follow-Up Study (Cizek et al, 2010) examines and refutes the idea of consequential validity. See pfd file here.

Note that the discussion will focus on the first part of the chapter by McElwee, pages 181-194

August 9, 2018 - Inclusive Learning Environments

Host: Amber Fitzsimmons PT, MS, DPTSc

  1. Levett-Jones, Tracy, and Judith Lathlean. “Belongingness: A prerequisite for nursing students’ clinical learning.” Nurse Education in Practice (2008), 8, 103–111.
  2. Gale, Trevor, Carmen Mills, and Russell Cross. “Socially Inclusive Teaching: Belief, Design, Action as Pedagogic Work.” Journal of Teacher Education (2017), Vol. 68(3) 345–356.

September 13, 2018 - Emotions and Cognitive Load during Critical Care Simulation Training

Host: Sam Brondfield, MD

  1. Pawar, Swapnil, Theresa Jacques, Kush Deshpande, Raju Pusapati, Michael J Meguerdichian. "Evaluation of cognitive load and emotional states during multidisciplinary critical care simulation sessions." BMJ Stel 2018;4:87–91.
  2. Fraser, Kristin, and Kevin McLaughlin. "Temporal pattern of emotions and cognitive load during simulation training and debriefing." Medical Teacher, DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1459531
October 11, 2018 - Diagnostic Reasoning

Host: Lekshmi Santhosh

  1. Wijesekera, Thilan et al. Education and Reporting of Diagnostic Errors Among Physicians in Internal Medicine Training ProgramsJAMA Intern Med. 2018 Sep 4. DOI:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4184

2. Chopra, Vineet et al. Focused Ethnography of Diagnosis in Academic Medical Centers. J Hosp Med. 2018 Apr 25. DOI: 10.12788/jhm.2966. See pdf file here.

3. Dumas, D et al. Using Relational Reasoning Strategies to Help Improve Clinical Reasoning Practice. Acad Med. 2018 May;93(5):709-714. DOI:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002114

November 8, 2018 - Cognition

Host: Jillian Mongelluzo

  1. White, MR et al. Getting Inside the Expert’s Head: An Analysis of Physician Cognitive Processes During Trauma Resuscitations. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2018 Sep;72(3):289-298. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.03.005. Epub 2018 Apr 23.
December 13, 2018 - Transition of Health Professions Students to Clinical Clerkships

Host: Katherine Gruenberg

  1. Elisabeth A van Hell, Jan B M Kuks, Johanna Schonrock-Adema, Mirjam T van Lohuizen, and Janke Cohen-Schotanus. Transition to clinical training: influence of pre-clinical knowledge and skills, and consequences for clinical performance. Medical Education 2008: 42: 830–837. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2008.03106.x
  2. Juliet Thomas, Annette Jinks, and Barbara Jack. Finessing incivility: The professional socialisation experiences of student nurses' first clinical placement, a grounded theory. Nurse Education Today 35 (2015) e4–e9.


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. el 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.
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