Biomechanics courses often attract students from diverse academic backgrounds including a mix of engineers and scientists. A Journal Club, in which students read and discuss articles from scientific literature, is a collaborative learning activity that is accessible to students from these diverse scientific backgrounds. Journal Clubs originated as way to cost-share periodicals  and have evolved as educational tools. Journal Clubs in medical education [2–4] are cited for both increasing medical knowledge in 88% of medical residents  and bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.  In an extensive literature review, 80% of 101 studies reported that Journal Club discussions improved knowledge and critical appraisal skills.  Journal Club format is flexible and no strong preference in method has emerged in the literature.  The present work describes a structured Journal Club that has been implemented in a biomechanics course for three years and presents results from student surveys.
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Engaging Students in Bioengineering: A Basic Structure for Collaborative Learning Journal Clubs
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Kuxhaus, L, & Corbiere, NC. "Engaging Students in Bioengineering: A Basic Structure for Collaborative Learning Journal Clubs." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA. June 20–23, 2012. pp. 613-614. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2012-80093
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