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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.

Workshop Agenda

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)

Interactive Component

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;


Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, UME, Independent Study, Team-Based Learning,

General Information

Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Independent Study,Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Celeste Royce, MD

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