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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 361-363

Peer-assisted learning: Our experience with undergraduate medical students

Department of Biochemistry, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Ashok Vanagamudi
Department of Biochemistry, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_162_21

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Peer-assisted learning (PAL) is an innovative approach of learning where people from similar social groupings who are not professional teachers help each other to learn. This study was an experimental interventional comparative analysis conducted in the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Pediatrics, Karpagam faculty of medical sciences and research, Coimbatore. One hundred students were recruited in the study after getting informed consent. This study compared the effects of two educational methods: PAL and teaching by regular faculty members on 1st-year undergraduate medical students. Students' posttest marks in the PAL group were higher than the lecture group (12 ± 2.9 vs. 9.8 ± 3.5, P < 0.02). The majority (70%) of the students agreed that PAL is a better method of learning and develops teaching attitude. Most of the students strongly agreed that PAL provides friendly environment for learning (80%). PAL provides a relaxed environment for students to study and learn skills including leadership, presentation, and communication, all of which are very essential to practice modern medicine.

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