Peer Education Services

UICOMP Peer Education Services (PES) utilizes a three tiered peer-assisted model designed to enhance student academic performance in Phase 1, M3 Core Clerkships, and on USMLE Board Examinations.

PES Peer Support and Lab Tutors are M2, M3 and M4 students who were selected through an application process by faculty based on their academic performance and have expressed interest in teaching. Each area of support is skilled at helping students identify key concepts and high yield material, as well as helping students improve study skills and test-taking strategies.

Peer Support

Peer Support hosts large group review sessions, small group academic support, and individual 1:1 tutoring.

Tier 1: Large Group Review Sessions

  • Open to all M1 & M2 students
  • Subjects: Block Content Review, DoCS Preparation, Step 1 and 2 CK Preparation
  • Scheduled by Academic Skills Specialist

Tier 2: Small Group Support Sessions

  • Based on student’s past and present academic performance
  • Subjects: Block Content Review, Study Skills and Test-taking Strategies
  • Referral by Academic Advisor or Self-Referral
  • Scheduled by Academic Skills Specialist

Tier 3: One on One Support

  • M1-M2 Referral by Academic Advisor after utilization of tier 1 and 2
  • M1-M2 Self-referral after utilization of tier 1 and 2
  • M3-M4 referral by Academic Advisors
  • M3-M4 Self-referral
  • Subjects: Block Content, NBME review, Step 1 and Step 2 Preparation
  • Scheduled by Academic Skills Specialist
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Lab Tutors

Lab Tutors participate in the anatomy, histology or pathology labs scheduled within each block to assist and support students in as they accomplish the lab objectives.

Objectives may include:

  • Identifying organ and system structures
  • Recognizing normal and abnormal
  • Demonstrating techniques
  • Guiding students in the use of models or technology.
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Longitudinal Step 1 Prep is open to all M2 students

Longitudinal Step 1 Prep sessions are facilitated by M3 and M4 Peer Support and Lab Tutors. The objective of these sessions is to provide you with repeat exposure to basic science material with a focus on preparation for the USMLE Step 1.

The topics that will be covered in each session are as follows:

  1. General Path/Immuno
  2. Cardio/Pulm
  3. Micro and Antibiotics
  4. Renal/GI
  5. Neuro/Psych
  6. Endo/Repro
  7. MSK/Rheum and Biostats
  8. Genetics/Biochem

Large Group Review

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change. Email reminders will be sent to the entire class when this occurs. Academic calendars are updated to reflect the change in time or location.

M1 High Yield Review Schedule

Course or EventLocationTimeMid ReviewEnd ReviewExam
Block 1 – Body Systems & Homeostasis 1A100-17-9 PMAug 28Sept 18Sept 27
Block 2 – PathogenesisA100-17-9 PMOct 30Nov 20Dec 6

M2 High Yield Review Schedule

Course or EventLocationTimeMid ReviewEnd ReviewExam
Block 6 – Brain & BehaviorA200-17-9 PMSept 18Oct 16Oct 25
Block 6 – Anatomy/NeuroanatomyA100-11:45-3:45 PMSept 23
Block 6 – Anatomy/NeuroanatomyA200-A1-3 PMOct 17
Block 7 – Regulation & ReproductionA100-17-9 PMNov 21Dec 5Dec 13