Student study finds trained medical students can teach peers technical skills at levels comparable to a senior instructor
UA COM-T second-year medical students Cody Smith, Raj Shah, Carlos Garcia and Chris Gay received the “Best Poster Research” award for the student section at the 2017 Regional Conference for the AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs in Salt Lake City.
The poster, titled Students Teaching Students: A Possible Answer to the Decline in Technical Skills Training in Medical School presents the results of a pilot program, Students Teaching Students. In this program, Dr. William Adamas-Rappaport trained first-year medical students in technical procedures to teach other first-year students. The study compared teaching evaluations of a senior instructor with evaluations of the trained medical students, finding no statistically significant differences in evaluation scores between trained students and the senior instructor.
“The data from our pilot study … demonstrated that trained medical students can teach peers at a comparable level to a senior instructor, thus increasing the student to teacher ratio to a 2:1,” said Garcia. “We believe these results are very promising as students can potentially be a valuable asset to aid professors when it comes to teaching.”
UA COM-T students, faculty, staff and administrators took part in numerous facets of the WGEA conference:
- One by One: Decreasing Failure of the Professionalism Competency, Part II
- The Business Model Canvas for Medical Educators: A Tool for Making the Pitch for Resources Needed to Preserve and Innovate the Educational Mission
Small group presentations:
- Intersecting Medical Humanities and Health Care Disparities Teaching: the power of reflective writing
- Let’s Talk About it: Facilitating Discussions with Medical Students on Implicit Bias
- Providing Formative Feedback to Residents and Directors regarding Trainees' Performance of non-Medical Knowledge Competencies through a Shadow-shift/Evaluation by Non-Clinician Education Specialists
- The GME program conundrum: A grounded theory of valued characteristics Multicenter Evaluation
- Clinical Skills Temporal Degradation Assessment in Undergraduate Medical Education
- Students teaching students: a possible answer to the decline in technical skills training in medical school