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GI and Hepatology Journal Club

An often spirited and collegial review of the most current clinical and basic research literature in the fields of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.  Our goal in this venue is to keep up to date with current research in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the purposes of not only facilitating education, but to also stimulate potential ideas for future clinical and translational research. Two to three times a month, on a rotating schedule, two major clinical/basic science articles from a major area of Gastroenterology and Hepatology are selected and presented for review by fellows. The fellow is responsible for inviting key GI and Pediatric GI faculty with a specific interest in that particular area of study to participate in discussion.

For clinical articles, each fellow will adhere to a format of presentation for the article selected as follows:

  • Title
  • Journal and issue date
  • Principal Author, Last Author and Institution
  • The null hypothesis; the point of the article; the idea being explored.
  • Very Brief Background of motivation of author to explore this topic/area.
  • Methods
  • Randomization
  • Prospective, Retrospective, Case Control
  • Specific drugs, doses, brand equipment used.
  • Time course of interventions
  • Results
  • Critique
  • Strength of conclusions based on study design
  • Strong points of study
  • Weak points of study
  • Applications to practice or further research

GI and Hepatology Journal Club Competencies

Patient Care

Principal Educational Goals

  • To identify the limits and parameters of current knowledge in a variety of Gastrointestinal and Hepatic disorders, in order to make informed recommendations about prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic options to patients based on available scientific evidence.
  • To make informed recommendations about prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic options to patients based on available scientific evidence.
  • To learn how to access and use the medical literature in order to develop management plans.

Medical Knowledge

Principal Educational Goals

  • To identify the current direction and interest within the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in order to stimulate and formulate original research studies to advance the field.
  • To broaden their current knowledge base
  • To understand how the knowledge base in basic and clinical science is advanced.
  • To appreciate methodology in critical thinking, clinical problem-solving, and derivation of evidence-based population studies.
  • To learn to critically evaluate the sources of medical information.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Principal Educational Goals

  • To consider how recommendations in the medical literature can be applied to implement strategies for continuous improvement in patient care practices.

Interpersonal Skills and Communication

Principal Educational Goals

  • To interact with colleagues in a respectful and appropriate environment that fosters analytical and critical review and modification of the existing base of medical knowledge.
  • To foster interpersonal relationships which build team effort and participation.


Principal Educational Goals

  • Be cognizant of standards of academic and scientific integrity.
  • Develop habits of literature review that foster a commitment to continuous professional medical education and development.

Systems-Based Practice

Principal Educational Goals

  • Seek evidence-based conclusions, and learn to consider how to apply these conclusions to the practice of medicine.
  • Learn to consider how clinical practice management guidelines based on medical literature can be applied effectively in different systems of healthcare.