Online based. Social media enhanced. Still a Journal club in essence.

Sceptical Medic is a modern take on the journal club as a traditional learning tool for healthcare professionals. It combines best of both worlds of medicine and internet. Delivered by UK Internal Medicine Trainees via social media platform Twitter. Critically appraising interesting papers once monthly.

Who

Our journal club is mainly delivered by UK Internal Medicine Trainees in order to improve their critical thinking skills when reading ever emerging evidence in medical journals.

Where

Papers are critically appraised with standardised tool and discussion is published on the journal club’s website. Medics then engage in live discussion via Twitter using hashtag #scepticalmedic

When

Posts on the website are published once monthly seven days prior the discussion on Twitter. Live Twitter feed starts every first Thursday in the month.


Recently appraised

  • Anticonvulsants in benzodiazepine-refractory status epilepticus
    Status epilepticus is recognised neurological emergency. The Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) was a multi-centre, double-blinded three-arm trial that investigated use of anticonvulsive medications (levetiracetam, fosphenytoin, valproate) in benzodiazepine-resistant status epilepticus among patients older than 2 years.
  • Wells’ score adjusted D-dimer in diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism
    Combination of clinical prediction tool and D-dimer should be used in diagnostic algorithm for most cases of suspected pulmonary embolism. Current practice use cut-off of 500 ng/ml for negative in low probability cases. Pulmonary Embolism Graduated D-Dimer (PEGeD) Study looked … Read more

Discussed next

What: Anticonvulsants in benzodiazepine-refractory status epilepticus

When: 20 February 2020 at 8pm (GMT)