Join Medicine's first-ever Journal Club, which kicked off in the new year!

Jan 8, 2020 | News

The first attendees of St. Paul's Medicine's Journal Club! The first attendees of St. Paul's Medicine's Journal Club!

2020 marks the year of St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) Medicine's first-ever journal club meeting. On Thursday, January 2nd, frontline staff gathered in the 7CD conference room to read and discuss research - research conducted by Medicine's own Beena Parappilly.

The first journal club meeting was focused on stroke, which is seen a lot on St. Paul's Medicine units, and explored Beena Parappilly's research article, "Determinants Influencing the Prestroke Health Behaviors and Cardiovascular Disease Risk of Stroke Patients: A Cross-Sectional Study." The beauty of SPH Medicine is that it's so diverse you get to see everything when it comes to patients, illnesses, skills, and situations; this diversity is perfect grounds for a journal club, where different topics can be explored and discussed every meeting.

Frontline staff on Medicine (Kathy Le, RN, and Lisa Perrett, RN) run the journal club, with the goal of providing an informal learning environment to openly discuss difficult topics, address clinical issues, and promote evidence based practice. The club has monthly one hour meetings on Thursdays; there are light refreshments provided in addition to reading and analyzing journal articles each meeting.

The activities for each meeting will vary; there may be guest speakers, presentations, case studies, and critical appraisals. The topics with guest speakers confirmed for 2020 are the following: 

  • intravenous therapy
  • ethics of substitute decision making
  • wound care
  • pain
  • trauma informed practice
  • palliative care
  • infection control
  • and more!

The journal club welcomes everyone to join. For more information please email


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