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Open Access Research article

A near-peer teaching program designed, developed and delivered exclusively by recent medical graduates for final year medical students sitting the final objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

Mustafa S Rashid1*, Oluwaseun Sobowale2 and David Gore3

Author Affiliations

1 Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Poplar Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, UK

2 Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK

3 University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster, UK

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BMC Medical Education 2011, 11:11  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-11

Published: 17 March 2011

Abstract

Background

The General Medical Council states that teaching doctors and students is important for the care of patients. Our aim was to deliver a structured teaching program to final year medical students, evaluate the efficacy of teaching given by junior doctors and review the pertinent literature.

Methods

We developed a revision package for final year medical students sitting the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The package was created and delivered exclusively by recent medical graduates and consisted of lectures and small group seminars covering the core areas of medicine and surgery, with a focus on specific OSCE station examples. Students were asked to complete a feedback questionnaire during and immediately after the program.

Results

One hundred and eighteen completed feedback questionnaires were analysed. All participants stated that the content covered was relevant to their revision. 73.2% stated that junior doctors delivered teaching that is comparable to that of consultant - led teaching. 97.9% stated the revision course had a positive influence on their learning.

Conclusions

Our study showed that recent medical graduates are able to create and deliver a structured, formal revision program and provide a unique perspective to exam preparation that was very well received by our student cohort. The role of junior doctors teaching medical students in a formal structured environment is very valuable and should be encouraged.