Building near-peer teaching into the anatomy curriculum – a national perspective from anatomy educators and students

Hall, S, Stephens, J, Smith, C F and Border, S (2016) Building near-peer teaching into the anatomy curriculum – a national perspective from anatomy educators and students. In: Anatomical Society Winter 2016 Meeting, 19-21 December 2016, King's College, London.

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Near-peer teaching (NPT) is a highly valuable resource in medical education, with a long estab-lished history in anatomy. In the past its application has often been informal and unregulated, how-ever, it is now becoming increasingly common for Faculties to work in partnership with students and deliver it as part of a formal curriculum.

Implementing an effective and sustainable NPT programme takes considerable planning and or-ganisation, but if applied appropriately it can significantly enhance the student learning experience, improve knowledge and build a spirit of engagement amongst learners. Designing the ‘most effec-tive’ NPT session is dependent on many factors and remains open to the individual educator’s choice and experience.

As invited speakers at The Anatomical Society Summer Meeting, 2016, the authors delivered a workshop exploring how to imbed an effective and sustainable NPT programme into their anatomy teaching. Attendees had the opportunity to blueprint a working model of NPT into a hypothetical anatomy curriculum. Discussions focused on evaluating key criteria cited from the literature as a basis for determining best practice.

Seventy-eight participants took part in the workshop. Overall, the most popular design of the NPT programme was a combination of frontline and revision teaching (62%). Participants felt the teach-ers must attend formal training sessions (50%) with their experiences counting towards a fully ac-credited award/ qualifications (38%).

The consideration that proved most controversial was the educational distance between the learner and the teacher. The most popular educational distance (41%) was +2-years, a finding consistent with recently published data. Applying NPT in musculoskeletal anatomy attracted the greatest ma-jority of votes (66%), with participants reporting the ‘functional’ nature of this body system lending itself well to this approach.

Benefits of NPT have been well documented within anatomical education. However, the exact format these sessions should take remains open to individual judgment and experience. It is en-couraging to see the majority of anatomy educators are open to the idea of incorporating NPT into curriculums, although reservations do persist in some areas, particularly with maintaining quality control.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Elizabeth Morris
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 08:53
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