Peer Education Services

UICOMP Peer Education Services (PES) utilizes a three tiered peer-assisted model to enhance student academic performance in the Phase 1 curriculum. 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.

PES is comprised of General Peer Support, who focus on Block review materials, and Lab Tutors, who provide support in the Anatomy, Pathology and Histology Labs. 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 habits. The overall goal is to further explain and reinforce what was taught in lectures and lab.

M1-M2 Peer Support

Peer Support hosts large group review sessions, small group support, and individual 1:1 support to present high-yield content and aid in preparation for exams.

Tier 1: Large Group Review Sessions

  • Open to all M1 & M2 students
  • Subjects: Block Content Review, DoCS Preparation, Step 1 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 and Study Skills Strategies
  • Referral by Academic Advisor or Self-Referral
  • Scheduled by Academic Skills Specialist

Tier 3: One on One Support

  • Referral by Academic Advisor after utilization of tier 1 and 2
  • Self-Referral after utilization of tier 1 and 2
  • Subjects: Block Content, Step 1 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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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 29Sept 19Sept 27
Block 2 – PathogenesisA100-17-9 PMOct 31Nov 28Dec 6

M2 High Yield Review Schedule

Course or EventLocationTimeMid ReviewEnd ReviewExam
Block 6 – Brain & BehaviorA100-17-9 PMSept 19Oct 17Oct 25
Block 7 – Regulation & ReproductionA100-17-9 PMNov 21Dec 5Dec 13

Contacts

Peer Support: tamplin2@uic.edu
Lab Tutors: jkzapf@uic.edu