In an on-going attempt to make the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine even better the SGEM Journal Club (SGEM JC) was launched in Season #2.

The first SGEM JC done in the home of Dr. William Osler. Dr. Osler was credited for starting the first formal journal club at McGill University in 1875. The original purpose of his journal club was “for the purchase and distribution of periodicals to which he could ill afford to subscribe.” Now 138 years later the SGEM is going to use social media to take that concept further.

The SGEM addresses the problem of distribution and cost associated with medical education. It uses the disruptive technology of social media to disseminate the high quality, clinically relevant, evidence based, medical information around the world for no cost. This is all part of the FOAM movement and the SGEM’s goal of cutting the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year.

Five Rules of SGEM Journal Club

Five Rules of SGEM JC

SGEM Journal Club Episodes:

  • SGEM#176: Somebody’s Watching Me – Cardiac Monitoring for Chest Pain
  • SGEM#163: Shuffle off to Buffalo to Talk Thrombolysis for Acute Pulmonary Embolism
  • SGEM#140: CT Scans to Rule Out Subarachnoid Hemorrhages In A Non-Academic Setting
  • SGEM#96: Machine Head – NIPPV for Out of Hospital Respiratory Distress
  • SGEM#90: Hunting High and Low (Best MAP for Sepsis Patients)
  • SGEM#55: Drugs in My Pocket (Opioids in the Emergency Department)
  • SGEM#50: Under Pressure Journal Club (Vasopressin, Steroids and Epinephrine in Cardiac Arrest)

If you would like to have an episode of the SGEM Journal Club done at your University Residency Program please contact us at

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.