Students as teachers

Stephen A Tobin, David J Hillis and Julian A Smith
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja3.11129
Published online: 16 December 2013

To the Editor: The articles by Hu and colleagues1 and Silbert and colleagues2 highlight the imperatives for medical educators. The future requires the ability to teach as a distinct set of skills that need to be identified early and then encouraged throughout one’s career. Silbert et al advocate a comprehensive, vertically integrated student teaching program using peer-assisted learning (PAL).2 The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) strongly supports this approach to teaching theoretical information as well as clinical examination and procedural skills.

  • Stephen A Tobin1,2
  • David J Hillis1
  • Julian A Smith1

  • 1 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Ballarat, VIC.


Competing interests:

We are all members of the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators.


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