FOOD FOR THOUGHT

#52 WEEKLY FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MERIU : NEAR PEER TEACHING


 

Assalamualaikum and dear all,

 
Last week I participated in the 3rd SingHealth Duke-NUS Education Conference in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) campus. In one of the sessions, Dr Kennedy Ng, a year 2 Internal Medicine (IM) resident in SingHealth shared his experience on their project INSPIRE, an initiative made by the IM Residency Program.
 
 
In this program, the junior IM residents (near-peer tutors) teach their undergraduate medical students rotating through IM in SGH. They find that this program enhances effective learning and helps students to pass their exams. Moreover, it also benefits the near-peer tutors by improving their clinical competencies and building their confidence. 
 
 
The term "near-peer teaching" was actually introduced by Whitman NA since 1988 and is becoming increasingly popular as a learning methodology. 
Numerous medical and allied health schools have a form of peer or near-peer teaching integrated into their curriculum. I am sharing an article written by Jasmine Rana from Harvard Medical School, on her experience of near-peer teaching to the first year medical and dental students. 
 
 
Although the near-peer tutors are perceived as not being as knowledgeable as the academics, but no studies have shown any harm to the students and peer-tutors. In fact, a lot of studies have found positive outcomes of this learning method eg: it drives learning, builds confidence, opportunities of personal and professional development and building a culture of giving and mentoring.
 
 
I am currently looking into the feasibility and acceptance of near-peer teaching in the faculty and perhaps, in my future FFT, I will share more about it. :)
 
Have a nice weekend everyone! Thank you. 
 
 
"When one teaches, two learn" - Robert A. Heinlein


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