Journal Club & Workshops

Journal Club

Originally set up in 2009, the (formerly GEMS) journal club was founded to increase student interest in academic medicine by providing students an opportunity to work with academic foundation doctors and GATE trainees to analyse, present and discuss recently published clinical journal articles. All medical students of all years are welcome to attend, and this year we are also offering the chance to be part of a team presenting at the journal club. Each team will consist of one GATE trainee, two AFY doctors and ideally two medical students. This is a brilliant opportunity and you don’t need extensive knowledge of evidence based medicine to participate.

For those who have applied or are considering applying to the Academic Foundation Programme in the next few years, this will give you the chance to speak to current trainees and find out what it’s really like, as well as demonstrating your interest in academic medicine.

Attached are some documents explaining how the journal club will run, as well as a presentation example and the timetable for the year:

INSPIRE Journal Club Guide

INSPIRE Journal Club Example Slide Set (EL)




In addition to our monthly journal club, UGMRS will also host regular workshops on subjects such as statistical analysis, critical appraisal and how to gain meaningful research and audit experience. All our sessions are intended to supplement any learning you may have within the medical school undergraduate curriculum. 80% attendance over the course of the year will earn you a certificate of attendance for your CV.


More information on the journal club and workshops planned for the 2017-18 academic year will be available soon. For any further information, please feel free to email us at or

And for those curious, you can find out more information about the AFP here:

And GATE here: