Developing medical students as teachers: An anatomy-based student-as-teacher program with emphasis on core teaching competencies

Erie Andrew Jay, Sidney J. Starkman, Wojciech Pawlina, Nirusha Lachman

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Abstract

Teaching is an increasingly recognized responsibility of the resident physician. Residents, however, often assume teaching responsibilities without adequate preparation. Consequently, many medical schools have implemented student-as-teacher (SAT) programs that provide near-peer teaching opportunities to senior medical students. Near-peer teaching is widely regarded as an effective teaching modality; however, whether near-peer teaching experiences in medical school prepare students for the teaching demands of residency is less understood. We explored whether the anatomy-based SAT program through the Human Structure didactic block at Mayo Medical School addressed the core teaching competencies of a medical educator and prepared its participants for further teaching roles in their medical careers. A web-based survey was sent to all teaching assistants in the anatomy-based SAT program over the past five years (2007-2011). Survey questions were constructed based on previously published competencies in seven teaching domains - course development, course organization, teaching execution, student coaching, student assessment, teacher evaluation, and scholarship. Results of the survey indicate that participants in the anatomy-based SAT program achieved core competencies of a medical educator and felt prepared for the teaching demands of residency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-392
Number of pages8
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Anatomy
Teaching
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Physicians

Keywords

  • Gross anatomy education
  • Medical education
  • Near-peer teaching
  • Peer-learning
  • Peer-teaching
  • Residency preparation
  • Students-as-teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Teaching competencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Embryology

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Developing medical students as teachers : An anatomy-based student-as-teacher program with emphasis on core teaching competencies. / Andrew Jay, Erie; Starkman, Sidney J.; Pawlina, Wojciech; Lachman, Nirusha.

In: Anatomical Sciences Education, Vol. 6, No. 6, 11.2013, p. 385-392.

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Andrew Jay, Erie ; Starkman, Sidney J. ; Pawlina, Wojciech ; Lachman, Nirusha. / Developing medical students as teachers : An anatomy-based student-as-teacher program with emphasis on core teaching competencies. In: Anatomical Sciences Education. 2013 ; Vol. 6, No. 6. pp. 385-392.
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