FOOD FOR THOUGHT

#70 WEEKLY FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MERIU : PEER -TEACHING IN UPM-MD PROGRAM - A PILOT PROJECT


 

In my previous FFT #52, I wrote about project INSPIRE in Singapore General Hospital, in which the junior residents teach their undergraduate students during Internal Medicine posting.

 

AP Dr Syafinaz has also shared in her FFT #53 about her similar experience on peer-education during IUCEL 2017. There are a lot of studies have found the benefits of peer-teaching and therefore, MERIU did a pilot project on peer-teaching in our faculty. 

 
It was done during Early Clinical Experience sessions for Year 2 MD students. We invited the senior students i.e. Year 4 and Year 5 students to be the peer-facilitators to teach their juniors on physical examination procedures.
 
 

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The peer-facilitators enjoyed teaching the students and felt happy to share their knowledge and experience with the students. They also said that they learn while teaching and it builds their confidence too. The students also enjoyed and felt comfortable being taught by their seniors.
 
 
We also recently had a session of Formative OSCE as a preparation for their coming final exams. Since the graduated students are still waiting for their housemanship, they were also invited to become the examiners during the OSCE. 28 graduates and seniors were involved as examiners and simulated patients (SPs). They were briefed on the station checklist, do's and dont's as an OSCE examiner and SP, and were asked to give feedback to the students at the end of the session. 
 
 
The seniors said it was a rewarding experience to become the examiners and SPs. They were able to see how students usually perform during examination from a different angle. It also helped them to refresh their knowledge and clinical skills.  
 
While the examinees (Year 2 students); they think that this formative OSCE is beneficial for them, to receive feedback from their seniors, so that they can perform better during the final examinations.  
 
I hope that we can have more peer-teaching sessions in our curriculum to drive active learning and to encourage the culture of giving and sharing knowledge in our students/alumni. 
 
Thank you for reading. Have a nice weekend!   


DR SITI KHADIJAH ADAM
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN ANATOMY
FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, UPM