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

Trainees as Teachers in Team-Based Learning

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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.


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.


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.


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