26 Feb 2016

Medical student mentoring at Central Clinical School/Alfred Health

by Robert Gillies, Year 5D MBBS student

The Academic Mentor Program is a student-run initiative that was established long before I started studying at Monash. It involves final year medical students volunteering an hour of their time per week to tutor and mentor an assigned group of third year students.

The tutes are unique in that they can be exam-focused, and are peer-driven; so they are less formal and can be more flexible, which facilitates a different kind of learning. Though the tutorials aren't compulsory for third year medical students, I remember them being a great networking opportunity.

 There's so much more than medicine that you can learn from older students - you can learn how to cope with difficult patient interactions, how to balance study and life commitments, about research or extracurricular activities, and everything in between. 


The program is going as strong as ever this year! We have an over-supply of 5th year volunteers, which is really encouraging. What that means is that our third years had such a positive experience with the program, that they are now lining up to give back and sustain the program when they get their chance.

Central Clinical School continues to expand on the relationship of Year 5D and 3B students with A/Prof Laila Rotstein training the Year 5D students on how to conduct formative Mini Case Record sessions with Year 3B students during their placement at Alfred Health.

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