Virtual Journal Club?

I have had many requests for a virtual journal club. I am happy to host one. We tried to do one via Twitter several years ago with *very* limited participation, so I am hesitant to jump back in again. That being said, if folks want to try it out, I would be game to give it a go. Only this time using a different medium.

FHO readers have historically been very shy about public engagement. You all are far more likely to contact me offline than comment On Here. So we can do this one of two ways, I think–either use the site to host a series of ongoing questions about a particular article (that I can then digest for everyone at the end of the series so it’s all in one place) OR if people are feeling more reserved about putting themselves out there, have folks submit written responses about a chosen article and compile the responses for readers afterward. I would prefer the 1st option since it feels more akin to actual journal club, but I am open to the 2nd (or another) option.

So what say you, dear FHO readers? Shall we try journal club again? And if so, how should we make it happen? Because I have the perfect article to start us off if we do…


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  1. September 18, 2019 | 9:47 am

    Joan Pyle

    I think a journal club would be great. Maybe a closed Facebook group would work?


  2. September 18, 2019 | 3:26 pm

    Kriesha Britton

    A journal club would inspire professional reading. I agree with Joan. A closed Facebook group seems like a good idea. Thank you!

    • September 19, 2019 | 7:37 am


      I appreciate the suggestion for a closed Facebook page, but many FHO readers are not on Facebook, which means they would either have to sign up for an account or simply not participate. So for that reason, I probably won’t go the Facebook route. But please keep the suggestions coming…

  3. September 19, 2019 | 8:16 am

    Jordana F Popovich

    Sounds great. I’d be game for either option.

  4. September 19, 2019 | 8:25 am

    Rachelle VanAken

    I think a journal club would be great and I am open to either way to make it happen!!

  5. September 19, 2019 | 8:35 am


    I really like the idea of a closed facebook also. I am not as confortable on twitter but would be willing to try! At the end of the day I would like to be able to ask stupid questions and get an answers without alot of negative feedback. Have you ever had to defend a posting on the stand before? Been questioned about one?

    • September 19, 2019 | 8:43 am


      I don’t think I would use Twitter again. I am still inclined to try and figure out a way to use this site if possible. Unconstructive feedback wouldn’t be tolerated (we would establish some ground rules for participation in advance).

  6. September 19, 2019 | 8:38 am


    Fabulous idea for a journal club. Option one is my vote 😊


  7. September 19, 2019 | 8:47 am

    Leslie Doerfler

    I can go with majority would love to get in Journal club

  8. September 19, 2019 | 9:10 am


    Journal club sounds great! I like option one😊

  9. September 19, 2019 | 9:16 am

    Hope Miller

    I think it’s a great idea and I vote for option 1

  10. September 19, 2019 | 9:23 am

    Ashley Smith

    I agree, option 1!

  11. September 19, 2019 | 12:09 pm

    Susan Short

    I’m in and am agreeable to whatever method works best.
    Thank you Jennifer for offering this opportunity again.

  12. September 19, 2019 | 1:17 pm

    Beth Roach

    I love this idea and I prefer option #1

  13. September 19, 2019 | 1:29 pm

    Patti Kenyon

    I love this idea and will be happy to use whatever site works best.

  14. September 19, 2019 | 2:53 pm

    Michelle M

    I agree wholeheartedly. Love the idea of journal club/open forum. I also do not use Facebook. Not sure of alternatives

  15. September 19, 2019 | 3:27 pm

    Mary Ramirez

    I would love to participate in book club, either way works for me. Thanks for taking this on.

  16. September 19, 2019 | 3:46 pm

    Elizabeth Marlowe

    I would love to join in on this! I like option 1.

  17. September 19, 2019 | 3:51 pm

    Kathy Wilkerson

    I am interested. Either way works for me.

  18. September 19, 2019 | 5:53 pm

    Ellen Johnson

    I would like to participate, prefer option 1. I am one of those with a very limited Facebook presence so prefer NOT to use it. Thanks

  19. September 19, 2019 | 7:38 pm

    Mindy Goorchenko

    Yes, count me in. Option one is preferable.

  20. September 20, 2019 | 1:00 pm

    Betty McPherson Slack

    Yes please. Option 1 for me.
    Thank you

  21. September 22, 2019 | 5:47 pm

    Elizabeth Wolf

    I’d participate in Option one!

  22. September 23, 2019 | 8:12 am

    Heather Smith

    I would participate and like option one!


  23. September 23, 2019 | 8:58 am

    Janet chappell

    Though I am about 10 days late in responding, I would love to be involved in a journal club not only for good knowledge from readings but also hearing about other programs.