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Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes. 2017 Jul 28. pii: S1865-9217(17)30139-3. doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2017.05.029. [Epub ahead of print]

Bericht aus der Praxis/Practice Report: How to establish PAL successfully in Medical Education. Ten tips for successful courses in a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) -Format in undergraduate Medical Education (UGME).

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Deanary of Medical Education, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Department for Cardiology und Pneumonology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Institute for Neuropathology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Düsseldorf, Germany.


This article aims to provide useful suggestions for the implementation of new courses in a PAL-format in undergraduate medical education (UGME). It presents 10 key tips on: needs assessment, clarification of goals and objectives for internal marketing, the choice of teaching formats, fund raising, recruiting of educators, qualification of peer tutors, the fun factor, how to establish a structured and longitudinal curriculum, assessment methods and motivation, collecting feedback and the use of its results. These 10 tips are linked to scientific evidence in the educational literature and elucidated by specific examples, based upon a major PAL-project on diagnostic imaging, which can be transferred to other teaching topics as well. In conclusion, the described tips contribute a helpful tool to avoid common pitfalls in the planning, implementation, evaluation and quality-assurance of PAL-based educational projects.

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