Journal Clubs are Online

Our Journal Club sessions run throughout the academic year according to relevant system blocks of the medical school curriculum.

Take this opportunity to learn how to dissect a journal article, present your findings, and receive valuable feedback from an expert in the field.

Medical students from all years are welcome to any of the sessions. Follow us for the latest updates on upcoming Journal Clubs!

Note: For information on our upcoming events please visit the Events page.

What is a Journal Club?

DRAMS Journal Clubs are lunchtime discussions led by a clinician where we critically review relevant research articles and converse about the objectives of the paper. These sessions are aimed to give students a platform to learn how to critically appraise articles and give an oral presentation on it. Even if you’re not presenting, there is still room for learning through friendly group-discussions on the issues raised by the paper. Understanding how to critically appraise articles is an important skill that will be required in our medical career.

At DRAMS, we aim to build your interest in medical research and equip you with tools that will help you take part in research. Attending Journal Club sessions is also a great way to enhance your knowledge about the latest research in different medical specialties! 

How to join? Before each Journal Club, we will send out emails regarding the topic of the Journal Club and an online form for you to register your interest if you want to present.

We will also provide you with resources that will give you more information on how to critically appraise different types of studies! If you are not presenting, you are still very welcome to join and take part in discussions. These journal clubs are clinician-led who will be able to give you a greater insight on the latest research in their medical specialty or research in general!  


Journal Club sessions are held parallel with relevant system blocks of the medical school curriculum.


Our Journal Clubs are for everyone! Medical students of all years are welcome to join any session.


Journal Club sessions are supervised by clinicians or senior lecturers from various fields of expertise.

Journal Clubs are Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Journal Clubs are now conducted virtually.

Watch our Journal Club sessions online.
Video playback is available for completed sessions.

Surgical Journal Club

09th Dec 2020, 5:00-6:00pm

Dermatology Journal Club

14th Oct 2020, 1:00-2:00pm BST

COVID-19 Respiratory Journal Club

15th Sep 2020, 5:00-6:00pm BST

Research Resources

First timer in research? Don't worry, we have just the right resources for you to get started.

Past Journal Clubs

Supervised by Prof Charlotte Proby.

Speakers: Jacqueline Yu, Ross Wilson

Far-UVC light (222nm) efficiently and safely inactivates airborne human coronaviruses
View article

Narrowband UVB treatment is highly effective and causes a strong reduction in the use of steroid and other creams in psoriasis patients in clinical practice
View article

Supervised by Dr Tom Fardon.

Speakers: Rathna Veerni, Soumya Tangirala

Remdesivir in adults with severe COVID-19: a randomised,
double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial
View article

Compassionate Use of Remdesivir for Patients with Severe Covid-19
View article 

Further Recommendations by Dr Tom Fardon: 

Here’s an interesting BMJ editorial that discusses whether convalescent plasma should have been authorised for use before proper randomised controlled trials had been done, as we were discussing about Remdesevir.

View article

Example of how the title of a paper can be very misleading, the data full of confounders, no placebo arm, observational data being over-interpreted, and being misleadingly advertised.

View article


A joint collaboration with UoD Psychiatry Society.
Chaired by Dr Laura Sutherland, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS Tayside.

Chaired by Prof. John Dillon, Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology.​

Past Journal Club Presentations

Signing Up
for Journal Club

Journal Club sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams. Check your student email closer to the Journal Club session date for an invitation to sign up to present in the upcoming session.

You can still join our Journal Club sessions even if you have not signed up to present. A link to attend the session will be made available closer to the event date.