Irish Thoracic Society Online Journal Club

Dear ITS Members,

We are delighted to announce the winners of the first Irish Thoracic Society Online Journal Club, they are:

Dr Niamh Boyle with her review of “Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report The Recovery Collaborative Group

and the runner up is:

Dr Donal O’Malley with his review of the study “Elexacaftor–Tezacaftor–Ivacaftor for Cystic Fibrosis with a Single Phe508del Allele“.


Submissions are now welcome from ITS members for the second round.

This is a wonderful opportunity to review practice-changing respiratory articles.
We encourage submissions from a diverse range of respiratory subspecialties, as this will facilitate ongoing education and training during the pandemic.

The top three submissions will be chosen by a dedicated ITS panel and posted on the ITS website as an educational resource. The highest scoring submission in each semester will be awarded a prize of €100.

Submission deadlines:
Sept 2020- December 2020: 18th December
January 2021- April 2021: 30th April

Submission format:
1. Pick an interesting article related to any respiratory subspecialty of your choice to review.
2. The word count for this review is 500 words. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the recommended word count.
3. Marks will be allocated for the article summary (10), critical appraisal (20) and a reflective paragraph, considering the implications on current practice, guidelines and future studies (20).

Please email your submissions or any queries regarding this online Journal club to:

We look forward to reading your entries and thank you in advance for your contribution,

S. Cullivan
ITS Educational Officer