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JOURNAL CLUB

Critical Appraisal of Relevant Evidence

The Oxford Vascular Collaterals Journal Club will cover the 20 seminal papers published as recommended reading as part of the Vascular Surgical Curriculum, as well as additional topics of interest.

Journal Club is presented by surgical and interventional radiology trainees but also features discussions with consultant vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists.

Journal Club aims to help you learn and practice the critical appraisal of medical literature and review the evidence base behind common vascular practices. 

Find the Journal Club programme below. Videos for each of the completed Journal Club sessions can be found at the bottom of this page. Register using your NHS email to access our free password protected video content.

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JOURNAL CLUB SESSIONS

 

J17: THE BASIL-1 TRIAL

Bypass versus Angioplasty in Severe Ischaemia of the Leg (BASIL) trial

Mr Andrew Nickinson, Vascular Specialist Registrar

Mr Andrew Nickson gives an excellent presentation and critically appraisal of this landmark paper and the only current RCT in this area. 

 

Mr Dan Rodriguez, Vascular Consultant with an interest in lower limb adds commentary and discussion.

 

J16: SIMVASTATIN TRIAL

MRC/BHF HEART PROTECTION STUDY

Dr Katy Boncey, Elderly Medicine & Peri-operative Specialist Registrar

Dr Katy Boncey gives another excellent Journal Club session covering the Lancet 2002 "MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study of cholesterol lowering with simvastatin in 20,536 high risk individuals: a randomised placebo-controlled trial ". This is one of the 20 seminal papers from the UK Vascular Surgical Curriculum.

Dr David Lewis, Peri-operative Consultant physician gives a commentary and summary of current guidelines.

 

J15: THE COMPASS TRIAL

Dr Katy Boncey, Elderly Medicine & Peri-operative Specialist Registrar

Dr Katy Boncey gives this excellent Journal Club session covering The COMPASS Trial - one of the 20 seminal papers from the UK Vascular Surgical Curriculum. Dr David Lewis, Peri-operative physician and Mr Ed Sideso, Consultant Vascular Surgeon contribute to discussion.

 

J14: THE INSTEAD TRIAL

Ms Mei Nortley, Vascular Specialist Registrar

Mei Nortley presents another of the 20 seminal papers on the UK Vascular Curriculum. The INSTEAD Trial which examines the management of uncomplicated type B aortic dissection, is summarised and critically appraised.

 

J13: THE EVAR-2 TRIAL

Mr Keaton Jones, Academic Clinical Lecturer

In this Journal Club session, Keaton Jones, a non-vascular academic was asked to objectively appraise the EVAR-2 Trial before being briefed on the recent controversy and discussions that have occurred worldwide within the Vascular Community. This helps to give fresh insight and perspective on an important trial which, rightly or wrongly, continues to shape vascular practice today.

 

Ms. Frances Dixon, Vascular Specialist Registrar

J12: THE GALA TRIAL: CAROTID ENDARTERECTOMY - GENERAL OR LOCAL ANAESTHESIA?

Frances Dixon takes us systematically through the GALA Trial and prompts valuable discussion with several  Consultant Vascular Surgeons (Mr Chris Darby, Mr Andrew Northeast, Mr Jeremy Perkins) who perform carotid endarterectomies under both local and general anaesthesia.

 

Mr Daniel Urriza Rodriguez, Vascular Specialist Registrar

J11: EXCESS MORTALITY IN PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL PACLITAXEL DEVICES

This important session presented by Dan Urriza Rodriguez takes a thorough look at the evidence available on peripheral arterial Paclitaxel devices. Attended also by Consultant Surgeons Mr Chris Darby, Mr Ed Sideso and Mr Jeremy Perkins, this essential session also prompts discussion regarding regulation within medical specialties and our duty of care to patients

 

Mr Dominic Howard

J10. THE EVIDENCE BASE TO CAROTID PRACTICE - PART 2

Mr Dominic Howard, Consultant Academic Vascular Surgeon, continues Part 2 of this Carotid Intervention series and answers questions we often find ourselves asking in our daily carotid practice.

 

Miss Kasia Bera, General Surgery Specialist Registrar

J9: THE IMPROVE TRIAL - OPEN VS. EVAR FOR RUPTURED AAA

Kasia Bera, who has a special interest in trials within an emergency setting, takes us through the IMPROVE Trial. Methodology is discussed in detail with Mr Chris Darby and Mr Jeremy Perkins, Consultant Vascular Surgeons also contributing.

 

Mr Daniel Urriza Rodriguez, Vascular Specialist Registrar

J8: AAA SCREENING & SURVEILLANCE - THE MASS STUDY AND THE UK SMALL ANEURYSM TRIAL

Featuring discussions with
Mr Chris Darby, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Mr Ian Nordon, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Wessex and Thames Valley Vascular Training Programme Director &
Mr Jeremy Perkins, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Clinical Lead Thames Valley AAA Screening & Surveillance Programme

 

Mr Keaton Jones, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, General Surgery Specialist Registrar

J7: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THE EVAR-1 TRIAL

This session includes a critical appraisal of the EVAR-1 trial and includes discussion with Mr Chris Darby, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and
Dr Raman Uberoi, Past-President of the British Society of Interventional Radiology.

 

Mr Keaton Jones, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, General Surgery Specialist Registrar

J6: CARDIOPULMONARY EXERCISE TESTING PRIOR TO AAA REPAIR

This session not only informs on the use of CPET in the assessment if AAA patients but in particular shows how to critically appraise literature using a clear and logical process.

 

Ms Mary Weisters, Vascular Specialist Registrar & Dr Luke Lintin, Interventional Radiology Specialist Registrar

J5: MESENTERIC INTERVENTIONS

Mary Weisters and Luke Lintin lead discussions with our Consultant Surgeons on several papers examining mesenteric interventions.

 

Mr Dominic Howard,
Consultant Academic Vascular Surgeon

J2: THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR CAROTID PRACTICE - PART 1

Mr Dominic Howard examines key clinical questions for carotid practice and the current evidence available.

 

Mr Daniel Urriza Rodriguez, Vascular Specialist Registrar

J1: THE EVIDENCE FOR ANTI-THROMBOTIC AGENTS IN PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE

A run though of the ATTC, CAPRIE and VOYAGER Trials examining practices of old and new in best medical anti-thrombotic therapy.