FS: Medical Students as Educators: Engaging Students in Peer Teaching and Educational Scholarship
Date & Time
Monday, June 14, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The purpose of this focus session is to educate participants on best practices for involving medical students in session-level curriculum delivery and educational scholarship. Ownership of learning is a growing theme in medical education. Modern medical students are expected to be agentic learners in order to maintain educational development throughout their career. A growing trend in medical education is the empowerment of this philosophy by directly involving students in curricular design and delivery. Peer teaching is an educational concept in which one student teaches one or more fellow students, while they themselves continue to learn. Engagement of medical students in medical education incorporates a collaborative approach with mutual benefits for the students and their institutions. It has long been understood that through teaching a content area, the teacher develops a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught. In addition, medical students are more adept at understanding the needs of their peers and near-peers. They possess first-hand knowledge of the curriculum and bring a unique perspective to curriculum design and improvement. Peer-led sessions aim to enhance collaboration, independent thinking, and interactions amongst colleagues. In this focus session, participants will share ideas and apply methodology to create a plan for engaging medical students in curriculum delivery and educational scholarship.

By the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of peer teaching as an explicit element in the medical curriculum.
  2. Identify opportunities for engaging medical students in the design and delivery of educational sessions.
  3. Apply Kern's Six-Step Approach to the design of a student-led educational session. 
Kyle Bauckman Amanda Chase Piero Carletti