, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 294-297
Date: 04 Jan 2014

Trainees as Teachers in Team-Based Learning

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Abstract

Objective

Team-based learning is an active learning modality that is gaining popularity in medical education. The authors studied the effect of using trainees as facilitators of team-based learning sessions.

Methods

Team-based learning modules were developed and implemented by faculty members and trainees for the third-year medical student clerkship in psychiatry in the 2007–2008 academic year. Evaluation forms were used to elicit student opinions about the team-based learning sessions. Scores for trainee and faculty facilitators were compared using Student’s t tests.

Results

Overall scores were positive, reflecting acceptability of this form of instruction. Eight of nine comparisons showed no difference in students’ ratings of faculty versus trainee facilitators. The other comparison showed a modest preference for faculty facilitators.

Conclusion

Team-based learning modules can be led as effectively by trainees as by faculty members to teach medical students in the classroom setting.