Journal clubs have been used in medical based teaching for a number of years (Ahmadi et al., 2012). The effects of Journal Club within a teaching setting are used to allow us to critically appraise papers (Swift, 2016) and to gain awareness of different calibre of papers (Schwartz et al., 2007).
Working together on a project such as Journal Club has allowed peer teaching to occur, which Boud et al., (2014) have documented students learn by sharing ideas and working collaboratively on activities: peer learning also promotes student autonomy (Freeman, 2010). During the preparation of the presentation I feel I learnt through peer discussions and that I learnt more about my peers strengths and weaknesses. We discussed our strengths which allowed us to prepare the presentation in an in depth and professional way. Team work is essential in achieving common educational goals (Sancho-Thomas et al., 2009) and allows soft transferable skills to be developed (Schulz, 2008).
Having to present the information was a good method to allow people to build their skills in communicating (Stowle et al., 2012). Effective communication with my clients will increase compliance and lead to better outcomes for the animal (Massop and Grey, 2013) which will increase business profitability (Gadd, 2011).
In conclusion the journal club has helped me to develop my critical analysis when reading journals, the impact factor of the journal along with team work and communication. All of which are going to prove vital during my journey on becoming a Veterinary Physiotherapist.
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