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PRACTICAL ADVICE PAPER
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 148-151

Implementing a centralized institutional peer tutoring program


University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Correspondence Address:
Penni Smith Foster
UMMC Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.188773

Background: Peer tutoring has been found to be beneficial to both students and peer tutors in health sciences education programs. This article describes the implementation of a centralized, institutional peer tutoring program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, an academic health science center in the U.S. The Program: This multispecialty peer tutoring program paired students experiencing academic difficulties with peer tutors who showed prior academic success, professionalism and effective communication skills. The program allowed students and peer tutors to coordinate their own tutoring services. Program Evaluation: Evaluations by both students and peer tutors showed satisfaction with the program. Recommendations: Recommendations for developing and implementing an effective peer tutoring program are presented, including utilization of an online system, consistent program policy with high professionalism expectations, funding, program evaluation and data tracking.


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