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Peer Education Program

UICOMP utilizes a tiered Peer Education model designed to enhance student academic performance in Phase 1, Phase 2 Core Clerkships, and on USMLE Board Examinations.

Peer Education consist of Peer Support and Lab Tutors. Peer Tutors are selected on academic performance, previous tutoring experience, and their 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. Our Peer Tutors work alongside to support the curriculum while working alongside the faculty.

Peer Support conducts large group review sessions, small group support, and individual tutoring.

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Tier 1: Large Group Review

Open to all M1 & M2 students

Subjects: Block Content Review, DoCS Preparation

Tier 2: Longitudinal Step Prep Review

Open to all M2 students.  Repeat exposure to basic medical science in preparation to take the USMLE Step 1 exam during Block 8 and Step 1 Dedicated

Tier 3: Small Group Support

Smaller group sessions for improved engagement, particularly helpful with study groups.  Subjects: Block Content, Basic Medical Science, and Shelf Exam Preparation.  Students can request a small group session through Dr. Ulrich, Director of Academic Programs.

Tiers 4: 1:1 Support

Student along with their Academic Support Team discuss the need for individualized tutoring with the curriculums.  Subjects: Block Content, NBME review, Shelf Exam Preparation, along with Step 1 and Step 2CK Preparation.  A referral from the Academic Support Team is required for 1:1 Support.

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

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