• Journal club;
  • evidence-based medicine;
  • research design;
  • publications;
  • review literature


Objective The present report is the eighth in a series of sequential tutorials entitled “Tutorials in Clinical Research.” The objective of the report is to provide the reader with information to create or refine a journal club.

Study Design Tutorial.

Methods The authors met weekly for 3 months and discussed the features of a journal club that would be of interest to otolaryngologists. A Medline search provided a number of relevant articles for review.

Results The report is organized into the following sections: Introduction, History of Journal Club, Goals of Journal Club, Basic Organization, Factors Associated With Successful Journal Clubs, Design of Journal Club, Selecting Literature, Evaluation of Journal Club, and Summary.

Conclusions There is a paucity of information within the otolaryngology literature regarding the journal club and the significant role it can play in physician education. The flexible nature of the journal club gives it the potential to address many educational needs. Its relevance has never been greater.