The MD5 students, Mr Sreeraj Suresh and Ms Lincy Thomas facilitated learning sessions for the MD4 students in Pharmacology during the Spring 18 semester. They facilitated topics in CNS Pharmacology under the guidance of Dr Shankar, Professor of Pharmacology. Dr Shankar shared with the students and the student facilitators, the slides of the sessions and the assigned readings from the textbooks. He also prepared case scenarios and clinical decisions from the topics. He discussed with Mr Sreeraj and Ms Lincy about the topics, the approach to the problems and the allotment of students to small groups. Students came prepared to the classes with the topics and worked on the case scenarios in small groups under the guidance of the near-peer facilitators. The students in small groups presented and discussed their findings with the student body and the near-peer facilitators added to the presentations. Student participation in the sessions was graded using a structured rubric.
Ms Lincy and Mr Sreeraj were presented with a letter of appreciation of their role in facilitating the sessions in the university media room by Dr Richard Margoles, President of AIMU on 18th April 2018. The MD5 students enjoyed their role as near-peer facilitators and found it to be an interesting learning experience.