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Finding Tomorrow’s Sunshine: Developing the next generation of medical educators
Near-peer teaching (NPT) is commonly used in medical education for pre-clinical didactics, large
and small group sessions and clinical skills. Junior learners consistently report NPT contributes
to a supportive learning environment, better quality feedback and mentoring. Traditional NPT
programs assume natural teaching ability, and limit tutor involvement to direct teaching roles
with little instruction as educators via formal instruction in educational theory, teaching
techniques, or other aspects of pedagogy. Teaching experiences are usually short-term and may
not contribute to students’ development as educators.
Providing students with a longitudinal course in medical education may help to develop future
medical educators. Additionally, observed teaching experiences with a longitudinal preceptor
may help students to hone their teaching skills.
Participants will engage in exercises to develop longitudinal near-peer teaching programs for
their home institutions. We will explore opportunities and challenges from the perspective of
junior learners, near-peer tutors, and faculty. Participants will be able to identify and discuss
the needs of NPT’s for pedagogical development.
Icebreaker (5 min)
Share Best/Worst Peer teaching experiences
Review of Literature (7 min)
Activity 1: Design a NPT experience (12 min)
Participants will design a NPT for one of several types of learning scenarios: procedures, case based learning, ambulatory and clinical learning
Report out (7 min)
Activity 2: Curricula for NPT (12 min)
Participants will discuss what elements of education theory, curriculum development and other
aspects of medical education are most valuable to NPTs
Report out (5 min)
Activity 3: Pitfalls (12 min)
Participants will troubleshoot potential difficulties inexperienced teachers face and how to
prepare new teachers for difficult situations.
Report out (7 min)
Discussion of Toolbox Resources (10 min)
Small group discussions of challenges and opportunities of NPT.
Take home Product
Participants will receive a curriculum outline for a longitudinal medical education course
for their home institution.
Keywords: Near-peer teaching; longitudinal medical education; curriculum development;
Faculty Development Seminar, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, UME, Independent Study, Team-Based Learning,