MD4 peer teaching placement
Following significant curriculum changes to the Doctor of Medicine course resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, an innovative clinical teaching program was created for final-year medical students through the Department of Paediatrics.
MD4 students supervised by Dr Paola Villaneuva teaching MD1 students on clinical placement at the Royal Children's Hospital.
It is well known that clinicians are often required to teach in some capacity during their careers, however they are often not provided with the skills to do so during their education. To respond to this, a supervised clinical teaching placement was developed to provide MD4 students with the opportunity to develop their teaching skills.
MD4 peer tutors were selected to complete a four-week teaching rotation during which they were responsible for teaching first-year and third-year peers across a variety of settings.
Peer teachers were able to enhance their own clinical knowledge and skills through teaching peers at the bedside, in simulation sessions and tutorials, with direct feedback from supervising clinicians. We look forward to further developing and growing this exciting clinical teaching experience for MD students.