About

Welcome to website of the UCL MB PhD journal club.

The journal club meets every other Monday morning in the second floor seminar room of the Rayne Building at 8am. One of us presents a clinical research paper, ideally published in the preceding 2-4 weeks, from a leading journal (e.g. NEJM, The Lancet, JAMA, etc.).

Presentations typically last about 20-30 minutes (with interruptions) and are followed by a further 10-15 minutes of discussion. The paper (and accompanying editorial or comment pieces, where applicable) are distributed by the Friday preceding the meeting. It is expected that those taking part attend the majority of the sessions and that they send their apologies in advance of any absences. Those presenting should summarise what was discussed (half a side of A4 is fine) and email it to the meeting organiser to post to the blog.

Meetings are supervised by Dr Christian Hasford and Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi, consultant physicians at UCLH. Breakfast is funded by the MB PhD programme organised by Prof Gordon Stewart and Sue Beesley.

For more information about the MBPhD programme at University College London (the UK variant of the popular American MD-PhD scheme), visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mbphd or check out this review by Prof Stewart.

Why should I come?

The MB PhD journal club provides those within the Bloomsbury area the once in a lifetime opportunity to:

  • keep up with the latest medical literature,
  • sharpen their analytical skills,
  • broaden their areas of interest,
  • and gain some vital experience presenting scientific data in a friendly environment.
  • (and you get a free coffee & croissant if you fill in the coffee form)

Background picture was taken from a Google Image search (“medical journals”) – Image by Time LIFE link to image

Also, the tagline “post hoc ergo propter hoc” is actually supposed to be ironic. Funnily, we actually get quite a bit of traffic from people googling the phrase to find out what it means. The Latin phrase roughly translates as “Afterwards, therefore, because of…”, and it describes the logical fallacy that temporal precedence = causation. For example, the doctor gave me pills and the next day I felt better, therefore, the pills made me feel better. While this interpretation is tempting, it doesn’t control for a situation whereby I never went to the doctor at all.