Establishing the First Eoe Deanery-Wide Trainee Led Virtual Journal Club: Keeping Up Morale by Encouraging Trainee Interaction and Continuous Professional Development During the Hiatus to Teaching Activities Enforced by Coronavirus
Over the initial COVID months and with the cancellation of several teaching programs / courses/ conferences; we identified a NEED for trainee interaction and continuous professional development, despite staff redeployments. We since established a deanery-wide trainee led VIRTUAL journal club, run by the Surgical Trainees of East of England Research collaborative (STEER) group. Method Following decision in May2020, the STEER group collated curriculum topics and related landmark papers, drafting a programmed-schedule for sessions (45mins – 1hour). CPD accreditation was sought and received from RCSEd prior to some sessions. Sessions were delivered using the Microsoft Teams app (via desktop/tablet/phone). Targeted audience included FYs, CTs, STs, JCFs, SCFs (candidates preparing for MRCS/FRCS or interested in academia). Live polling / feedback forms and attendance certificates were distributed. Results Six journal club sessions have been run to-date. A minimum of 15-20 participants attended each session with spread of junior/senior trainees. Sessions were video recorded for repeat playback for those unable to attend. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with good engagement from participants. Conclusions A deanery wide virtual journal club was positively received by trainees and benefits included: critique and dissemination of evidence (especially recently with COVID-related literature), trainee interaction and keeping up-to-date and understanding and analysing information.