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Voluntary peer-led exam preparation course for international first year students: Tutees’ perceptions

Huhn, Daniel ; Eckart, Wolfgang ; Karimian-Jazi, Kianush ; Amr, Ali ; Herzog, Wolfgang ; Nikendei, Christoph

In: BMC medical education, 15 (2015), Nr. 106. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1472-6920

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Abstract

Background: While the number of international students has increased over the last decade, such students face diverse challenges due to language and cultural barriers. International medical students suffer from personal distress and a lack of support. Their performance is significantly lower than non-international peers in clinical examinations. We investigated whether international students benefit from a peer-led exam preparation course. Methods: An exam preparation course was designed, and relevant learning objectives were defined. Two evaluations were undertaken: Using a qualitative approach, tutees (N = 10) were asked for their thoughts and comments in a semi-structured interview at the end of the semester. From a quantitative perspective, all participants (N = 22) were asked to complete questionnaires at the end of each course session. Results: International students reported a range of significant benefits from the course as they prepared for upcoming exams. They benefited from technical and didactic, as well as social learning experiences. They also considered aspects of the tutorial’s framework helpful. Conclusion: Social and cognitive congruence seem to be the key factors to success within international medical students’ education. If tutors have a migration background, they can operate as authentic role models. Furthermore, because they are still students themselves, they can offer support using relevant and understandable language.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: BMC medical education
Volume: 15
Number: 106
Publisher: BioMed Central
Place of Publication: London
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 14:31
Date: 2015
ISSN: 1472-6920
Page Range: pp. 1-9
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik und Poliklinik
Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Psychosomatische Universitätsklinik
Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
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