The SOTL Journal Club at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (MN-COP)

Staying current with the SOTL literature can be challenging! This is especially true when SOTL enthusiasts are balancing other professional commitments as full-time faculty members and residents or students in graduate programs.

Enter the
SOTL Journal Club, led by Kristin Janke, PhD and Director of The Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education (W-CISPE).


During the school year 2015-2016, our journal club membership included:

  • one seasoned SOTL pharmacy faculty member,
  • 3 SAPH graduate students, and
  • 2 pharmacy residents.


We held 27, one-hour sessions in which we discussed 61 articles in 7 topic categories (Introduction to SOTL, Article Types, Publishing, Readings from Education and Psychological Science, Issues/Techniques in Pharmacy Education, “SOTL Toolbox,” Teaching Topics) and invited 7 guest speakers from 3 universities to share their work and expertise with the group.

success of our group is largely due to our flexible (yet regular) scheduling and the mentoring nature of our learning community.


Members of the SOTL Journal Club and W-CISPE at the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Meeting in Anaheim, Calif (Left to right: Lara Kerwin, Kristin Janke, Robert Bechtol).

Our numbers are growing!

Since the start of school year 2016, the SOTL Journal Club has…

  • convened 12 times;
  • discussed 34 articles (or reports), 2 infographics, and 1 video;
  • added one new discussion topic category (Peer Review);
  • hosted one guest speaker;
  • and added new faculty and pharmacy residents to our group.

Check out the SOTL Journal Club WordPress blog to see details of previous readings and discussion topics, such our discussion of Lyman Award-winning articles in September or when we invited Shannon Reidt, PharmD, to discuss her work on a recently published review article in November.

Join our SOTL learning community!
When: Fridays from 9:00-10:00 AM CST
Where: MN-COP, Weaver-Densford Hall, Room 7-173.

Unable to attend in-person?
Access our journal club remotely by contacting Kristin Janke ( prior to Friday each week for a call-in phone number or to set up a video chat via WebEx, Google hangout, or other compatible format.

SOTL Journal Club WordPress blog also serves as a calendar to guide upcoming sessions. Our readings for this week and next week are posted. We hope to see you there!


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