Students as teachers

Joanna H-M Tai, Sumudu P Cooray and Jonathan K Kam
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11058
Published online: 16 December 2013

To the Editor: Silbert and colleagues highlight the benefits of peer-assisted learning (PAL).1 They allude to the number of overseas medical schools that provide tutor training programs, and to the possibility that Australian medical students are missing out on this opportunity. We agree that PAL is useful, but not all Australian medical students have been deprived. Since 2008, Monash University has been running VESPA (Vertical Study Program), an optional PAL program.2 Initiated by a group of medical undergraduate students, it continues to be largely student-driven, with faculty support. Further, our program has had international impact.3

  • Joanna H-M Tai
  • Sumudu P Cooray
  • Jonathan K Kam

  • HealthPEER, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.



Thanks to Rob Mitchell, Sheila Vance and Elaine Halley for being instrumental in developing the VESPA case night, and to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, for its ongoing support.

Competing interests:

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