Dr. Nisha. S. R. Manuel, Dr. S. Manisha Raaj


BACK-GROUND : Peer learning is a potentially powerful way of sharing knowledge and is not a single undifferentiated
educational strategy. The term “Peer learning' suggests a two-way reciprocal learning activity. In a simple way it can be
described as a way of moving beyond independence to interdependence or mutual learning. As a part of Medical Education , peer learning was
introduced to a group of I MBBS students (2018-2019) at Government Medical College, Omandurar Government Estate,Chennai-2 for a period
of four weeks in the month of June 2019.
AIM OF THE STUDY: To introduce peer learning among I MBBS students and also to evaluate the usefulness of peer-learning and to identify
it`s barrier.
METHODS: Quasi-experimental study design.
Students of dissection Tables I and III of I MBBS 2018-2019 batch.
Those who consent to participate in the study.
The peer leaders were given instructions to read a concerned topic through whatsapp message, subsequently, were asked to discuss the instructed
topic with the peer team members, twice a week . The task of peer-learning was continued for 4 weeks. A post-interventional assessment test was
conducted. In the end , students were requested to fill feed- back.
RESULTS : The marks of the study and control group were evaluated and results were interpreted.
CONCLUSIONS: Interaction and participation among peers also improved. Peer students got a wide vision of medical facts. Better clarity and
understanding of subject was achieved. Peer students had an opportunity to analyze and perceive knowledge at their wavelength.


peer learning, peer leader, peer team members.

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