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5. Journal Clubs and Rounds


  • Urology grand rounds occur every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m in room G348 at the McMaster Institute of Urology Theatre in St. Joseph's Hospital. They alternate between subject-based rounds and case-based rounds and are attended by faculty, residents, and urologists from the surrounding community and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
  • Dr.Sowery is in charge of organizing the rounds. Visiting professors and speakers are integrated into the rounds. Typically, there are 3-4 visiting professors and speakers over the course of each academic year. The visiting professors speak on a Tuesday evening, give rounds on the next Wednesday morning, and then review case presentations from residents on Wednesdays after rounds.
  • Journal club occurs once a month and is arranged by Dr. Tim Davies . The journal club is held in the evening and over dinner. The residents have expanded the journals covered to include not only the Journal of Urology, but important articles in the NEJM and JAMA. Once or twice a year, a speaker with training in the critical analysis of journal articles is invited to provide critical appraisal and teach the group proper analysis of an article.
  • In addition, a combined Pathology/Radiology/Urology is held once a month at St. Joseph's Hospital.
  • Chief resident rounds are held every Friday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital. During these rounds, a junior resident presents a case that is new to the chief, and questions the chief on how s/he would handle the case. At least one faculty member is always present at these rounds. The goal is to prepare chiefs for their final oral exams and to improve their examinship.

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