Journal Study Clubs
Evaluation of scientific literature, promoting the delivery of evidence-based care, became the focus of a group of dental hygiene colleagues. The “Journal Study Club” (JSC) was established from this concept. JSC members discuss and evaluate professional issues utilizing research-based literature. Topics include patient care, public health/access to care, technology, modalities of treatment, and professional issues. For each topic, one member serves as a program facilitator researching the scientific literature on an agreed upon topic, chooses appropriate articles, and disseminates the articles to the members to read prior to meeting.
Discussion at the study club event follows the format of examining literature content, relevance, significance, evidence accuracy, and application to clinical practice. This process supports dental hygienists’ commitment to life-long learning and the practice of evidence-based care, while providing a valuable venue for continuing dental hygiene competence and professional development.
Check out this article for tips and information:
How to run an effective journal club: a systematic review by Y. Deenadayalan, K. Grimmer-Somers, M. Prior, S. Kumar.
(J Eval Clin Pract. 2008 Oct; 14(5):898-911. Review. PubMed PMID: 19018924.)
Please register all study groups with the CCP Coordinator. The CDHM encourages group learning and study clubs. However, the CCR is a self-directed learning process which means your personal learning experience must be in your own words.
The DVD Quarterly of Dental Hygiene
The DVD Quarterly of Dental Hygiene in partnership with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association provides quality education to be studied on your own schedule. Combining science, evidence-based research and communication techniques, the DVD Quarterly assists you in your daily practice.
- Maintain currency in your rapidly changing profession
- Learn at home at your convenience
- Receive 12 hours of CE annually
- View specialists demonstrating their expertise
- Test your knowledge through interactive Q & A
Their website is www.dvdquarterly.com.
The CDHA now offers, in addition to several online courses, professional development webinars and discussion forums online. A webinar is a 1-hour live and interactive, or on-demand, online professional development session which typically includes a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by a 15-minute Q & A session with the speaker. Participants may submit their questions before or during the live session. The on-demand session is the recorded version of the live session, available to dental hygienists, members and non-members, 24/7 for a predetermined period of time. Dental hygienists attend and participate in the webinars from the comfort of their home, and must successfully complete a final examination to receive their certificate of completion. A discussion forum is a 1-hour interactive discussion with a content expert on a predetermined topic. Dental hygienists can submit their questions prior to or during the live forum and may attend the on-demand forum afterwards.
Keep a practice log to record events/issues that are interesting or out of the ordinary.