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Journal club: Aging and disaster recovery in New Orleans

Posted by on September 8th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Aging and disaster recovery in New Orleans

For our discussion in journal club this week, Brian Tyler has selected a recent paper based on an ethnographic study of post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans:

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Adams, V., Kaufman, S. R., van Hattum, T., & Moody, S. (2011). Aging Disaster: Mortality, Vulnerability, and Long-Term Recovery among Katrina Survivors. Medical Anthropology, 30(3), 247–270. doi:10.1080/01459740.2011.560777

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Please join us on Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the Medical Anthropology Lab (B103).

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Why is it called journal club?

Posted by on September 1st, 2011 in Journal club | 5 Comments »

Medical anthropology journal club with Visiting Eddy Professor Ted Green, Spring 2011

Tomorrow we ring in a new academic year of the medical anthropology journal club. New years of any sort are an opportunity to clear the air, so I thought it might be time to address a question that lots of people have asked me since our first meeting in 2007: Why is it called journal club?

The short answer is that I didn’t make it up.

Journal clubs are an established institution in many other disciplines, with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. According to Linzer (1987), the first documented journal club was established in 1875 at McGill University. The phrase “journal club” itself may date to a group of students who organized themselves into a reading group at St. Bartholemew’s Hospital in London during 1835-1854. The first journal club in the United States, according to Linzer, began at Johns Hopkins University in 1889 and soon proliferated into separate departmental journal clubs.

Today, journal clubs are a standard part of medical education (Alguire 1998), and they have spread to engineering and the natural sciences (Newswander & Borrego 2009). Many leading journals in medicine and the sciences, including Nature and JAMA, publish regular journal club features. There is also a surprisingly large literature about the effectiveness of the journal club format for adult learning and for creating communities of practice (e.g., Akhund & Masood Kadir 2006, Ebbert et al. 2001, Lee et al. 2005).

This tried-and-true model is what inspired the medical anthropology journal club at UF beginning in Fall 2007. Many cultural anthropologists wrinkle their nose at the name (Really? A club?), but keeping the name acknowledges its roots. At any rate, journal clubs in anthropology may be here to stay: our department now has three of them on the course schedule!

Don’t worry, though: we won’t elect officers or hold a bake sale.

Journal club: Culture, gender norms, and health interventions

Posted by on September 1st, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Culture, gender norms, and health interventions

Welcome back! The second week of the fall semester is already wrapping up, so it’s time to kick start journal club. Join us this week to discuss a new paper about incorporating culture into health interventions:

Kostick, K. M., Schensul, S. L., Singh, R., Pelto, P., & Saggurti, N. (2011). A methodology for building culture and gender norms into intervention: An example from Mumbai, India. Social Science & Medicine, 72(10), 1630–1638. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.03.029

We’ll meet, as usual, on Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the Medical Anthropology Lab (TUR B103).

Now’s the time to submit articles you’d like to discuss this semester. Please send me a PDF and the date you’d prefer to lead the discussion.

Journal club: Stress and racial inequalities in birth outcomes

Posted by on April 14th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Stress and racial inequalities in birth outcomes

June Carrington selected our article for journal club this week. Please join us for the discussion on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103).

Rosenthal, L., & Lobel, M. (2011). Explaining racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes: Unique sources of stress for Black American women Social Science & Medicine, 72(6), 977-983.

Journal club: Obesity and public policy

Posted by on April 7th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Obesity and public policy

This week in journal club, Jessica Jean Casler will moderate our discussion of a new article about how people perceive the causes of — and potential policy solutions to — growing obesity in the United States:

Niederdeppe, J., Robert, S. A., & Kindig, D. A. (2011). Qualitative Research About Attributions, Narratives, and Support for Obesity Policy, 2008. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(2), 1-7.

Join us for the discussion on Friday, April 8, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103)

Journal club: Social status, culture, and health

Posted by on March 24th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Social status, culture, and health

This week’s journal club article is one we’ve mentioned a few times in reference to other papers, so I thought we’d better focus on it:

Sweet, E. (2010). “If your shoes are raggedy you get talked about”: Symbolic and material dimensions of adolescent social status and health. Social Science & Medicine, 70(12), 2029-2035.

I’ll be moderating the discussion beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 25, in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103). Please join us.

Journal club: Race, trust, and cancer care

Posted by on March 17th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Race, trust, and cancer care

Yasemin Akdas has selected the following recent paper to discuss in tomorrow’s journal club:

Do, Y. K., Carpenter, W. R., Spain, P., et al. (2010). Race, healthcare access and physician trust among prostate cancer patients. Cancer Causes Control, 21(1), 31-40.

Please join us in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103) on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Journal club: Youth migrants, environmental risks, and health

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Youth migrants, environmental risks, and health

Our discussion in journal club will be led this week by José Antonio Tovar, who selected the following article to present:

Peoples, J. D., Bishop, J., Barrera, B., Lamas, O., Dunlap, J. L., Gonzalez, P. A. et al. (2010). Health, occupational and environmental risks of emancipated migrant farmworker youth. J Health Care Poor Underserved, 21(4), 1215-1226.

Please join us on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35. p.m., in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103).

Journal club: Lifetime financial strain and health

Posted by on February 17th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Lifetime financial strain and health

Thanks for Marcus Monroe for selecting this week’s article for journal club:

Szanton, S. L., Thorpe, R. J., & Whitfield, K. (2010). Life-course financial strain and health in African-Americans. Soc Sci Med, 71(2), 259-265.

Join us on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103).

Journal club: Local responses to malaria

Posted by on February 10th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Local responses to malaria

Join us in journal club on Friday, February 11, to discuss the following brand new paper, selected and presented by Noelle Sullivan:

Granado, S., Manderson, L., Obrist, B., & Tanner, M. (2011). Appropriating “Malaria”: Local Responses to Malaria Treatment and Prevention in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Medical Anthropology, 30(1), 102-121.

We’ll begin, as usual, at 11:45 a.m. in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103).