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Peer Facilitators for Pathology Curricula

Nicholas P. Ziats, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cynthia Arvizo, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Margret S. Magid, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Our session intends to present and discuss novel ideas on the implementation and evaluation of a peer-teaching program.  We will begin our session with a discussion about peer teaching and the experiences we have had at our institutions regarding teaching of histopathology including data presentation that we have gathered from peer teachers/students and the literature.

Implementation of a peer teacher program is a multi-fold process, which includes adjusting the presentation of the material, recruiting and retaining peer facilitators, and organizing the small groups.

Because peer teachers may not remember the course material and/or have little to no experience teaching, the incorporation of these aspects of teaching must be considered when developing a peer teacher development program.  We will discuss a variety of methods and things to consider when developing a curriculum to train peer teachers including content, small group dynamic, and peer teaching background. We will show a video of a role-play session that illustrates the different types of students and challenges that a peer teacher may encounter.  Participants will then be instructed to gather in small groups to discuss strategies for problem–solving and enhancement for facilitation followed by reassembly and discussion of what occurred in the small groups.

Evaluation of a peer-teaching program (by students, peer teachers and faculty) forms an integral part of the process because it allows for improvement and successful expansion.  We will address student and peer teacher evaluation methods that will provide some insight into aspects of our programs and ways to improve.  

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