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Does being a PAL help you pass your finals?

Sturrock, A; Gardner, M; Parker, C; Dacre, J; (2008) Does being a PAL help you pass your finals? UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Poster presentation at International Medical Education Conference (Ozzowa, March 2008. Peer assisted learning (PAL) is a special study module (SSM) at Royal Free and University College Medical School in which final year medical students teach clinical method to junior medical students and postgraduate nursing students. Previous studies have shown this method of tutoring benefits both tutor and tutee. Our students report that being a PAL helps them pass their final examinations. Clinical finals involve a knowledge test, a short station OSCE which tests practical readiness and a long station OSCE (LSO) which examines basic clinical method. As PAL’s teach clinical method, any advantage from being a PAL should be evident in LSO marks. . Methodology Using regression analysis we compared knowledge test marks and LSO marks between PAL tutors and those who were not. We then tested for differences according to the timing of their SSM. Finally we looked only at students whose knowledge test marks were in the bottom quartile. Results Independent sample t-tests showed no statistical significance between PALS and non-PALS LSO marks (p=0.961). ANOVA tests showed no difference in LSO marks between students who took the PALS SSM at different times of year (p=0.2). There was also no difference between PALS and non-PALS whose knowledge marks were in the bottom quartile. (p=0.99). Conclusions Our study shows that final year medical students who take part in the PAL SSM do not perform any better in their final examinations than their peers, however performance in high stakes examinations is multifactorial and it is difficult to isolate individual contributory factors.

Type: Other
Title: Does being a PAL help you pass your finals?
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/178467
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