Evidence Based Medicine & #twitjc

Two weeks ago saw one of the busiest but most incredible weeks of my life. On the Monday I presented at the Society for General Microbiology Spring Meeting in Dublin. In one of the most nerve wracking moments of my life I stood up, with no slides, and talked for half an hour about the journal club. The feedback was just incredible and I would like to thank everyone who sat and listened to me witter on and I would also like to thank @PaulHoskisson for inviting me to talk.

Then on the Thursday I spoke at the BMJ editorial meeting, again about the journal club. If I thought I was nervous in Dublin then I had no idea what was ahead. Stood in one of the rooms at BMA House with a microphone I have no idea how my voice didn’t waver as I spoke. Yet again I was completely overwhelmed by the support for the journal club and the enthusiasm for this project.

And this is a project, this is very much a work in progress. I have recently had time to sit down and start to think about how the journal club and this website could develop. Several weeks ago a clinician tweeted from a conference he went to and wrote a blog post that caught my attention and gave me an idea – what about asking clinicians to write evidence based medicine summaries of different clinical topics?

Tonight I am very pleased to publish the first such summary. Written by Dr Mark Garside, a registrar in elderly care and stroke medicine this is a summary of thrombopropylaxis and AF – a very important clinical topic. Mark has written a fanastic summary including the latest evidence and I would like to thank him for the time and effort he put into this.

The aim is to publish a new summary on alternate weeks to those that the journal club runs. Suggestions of topics are welcome and any doctors I know on twitter please beware that I may well be asking you to contribute soon….

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