The Journal Club was started by Curtis Taylor, M.D. in November of 2001 as a way to review journal articles that supported the sponsored drug for the evening meal.We met most often at the Vernon Manor Hotel until it closed in 2009. We now meet at favorite restaurants throughout the city.
Some restraints had been placed on detailing by drug reps at the office during office hours at the time. The evening dinner was a way to here about new drugs without the time constraints.
Unlike other journal clubs I wanted input from a multispecialty group of physicians. In the beginning the drug companies supported multiple speakers from the group and that really made it unique because we reaped the benefits of peer group instruction. We, primary care physicians and specialists, began to collaborate more closely and share discussion of our difficult cases. That was 14 years ago. Since our beginning in 2001, we have met twice each week to share an evening meal and educate each other. (We no longer meet that often because of reduced pharmaceutical support but we still try to meet two to three times a month.)
Any physician in the community is invited to attend this renowned weekly lecture. It features local, national and international experts. We are grateful for the support that we have received from the pharmaceutical industry and other sponsors to keep the Journal Club going twice each week, every week for the past 14 years.
I text all of the members who attend regularly on the day of the meeting. This blog will help make communicating with the group much easier. There are no dues and if you come to a meeting or are an invited speaker, you are considered a member.