Original Article

Perceived Value of a Women’s Health Journal Club in Rural Hawai‘i

Authors: Nataliya Panova, BS, Connor Goo, BS, Fujiko Matsui, DO, Paris N. Stowers, MD, MSCTR


Objectives: Rural Hawai‘i faces a shortage of physicians specializing in women’s health. Improving clinician collaboration and access to the scientific literature are potential strategies for improving physician retention in this community. In 2021, a monthly women’s health journal club was established for local clinicians and trainees on Hawai‘i Island. Although journal clubs are common in large academic institutions, there are limited data regarding the value of journal clubs in rural and community practices. This study aimed to evaluate the value of a women’s health journal club on Hawai‘i Island.

Methods: We used an anonymous Web-based survey to evaluate the value of the journal club.

Results: Of the 18 eligible clinicians participating in the women’s health journal club, 13 completed a Web-based survey (response rate 72%). The common reasons for attending journal club included wanting to learn about research methods/statistics (100%), seeking opportunities to discuss current best practices (86%), and desiring to practice critical review skills (71%). The majority of respondents (77%) believed that journal club was a valuable activity, and 92% of respondents would recommend this activity to a colleague. This journal club allowed participants to improve their understanding of research methods (85%) and stay up-to-date with medical advancements (85%).

Conclusions: This community-based journal club is a valuable activity for clinicians practicing on Hawai‘i Island. Other rural communities may similarly benefit from engaging in structured scholarly discussion.

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