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HMS Teaching how to Teach: The Growing Expansion of “student-as-teacher” Programs

March 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Taylor Freret, BA, Med (HMS 2017) & Jasmine Rana, BA (HMS 2017)


Residents are responsible for a large portion of medical student and peer teaching, but competing clinical demands make it difficult for teaching skills to be learned only during residency. As such, there is a growing interest in teaching medical students how to teach in “student-as-teacher” (SaT) programs.

What topics and competencies should be included in SaT programs? How should they be structured? Do SaT programs have learning benefits for student teachers (and the student learners)? What SaT opportunities exist at HMS? What future research needs to be done to optimize SaT programs?

Drawing on our experience organizing SaT initiatives at HMS, our respective masters programs in medical education, and the literature of “near-peer teaching,” we will discuss these questions and others. In this session we will share innovative classroom and clinical-based SaT offerings here at HMS and the learning benefits for “near-peer teachers.”
Goals: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Consider the goals and diversity of “student-as-teacher” programs in medical schools across the country;
  2. Identify ongoing and emerging SaT initiatives at HMS

Reflect on the merits of a longitudinal SaT elective and what the core competencies might be

Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


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Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) Rm.227
260 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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