Teaching Epidemiology and Biostatistics: A Peer-Led Teaching Module for Postgraduate Psychiatry Student

Authors

  • Nicholas Tze Ping Pang
  • Eugene Koh
  • Sandi James
  • Mohd Amiruddin Mohd Kassim

Keywords:

Biostatistics, postgraduate students, teaching tip, peer-led pedagogical approach

Abstract

Background and Objective:
Biostatistics and epidemiology have been integral subjects in any postgraduate courses,
including medical specialties Master programs. Both are widely accepted as among the
difficult and confusing subjects, which worsen by lack of adequate exposure and often, time
constraints. Hence, peer-led learning approach was proposed as a viable option to the
traditional lecturer-driven learning style.
Method:
The peer-led approach intends to promote targeted learning and conceptual understanding,
instead of widely sweeping learning, which is rather directionless and could cause information
overload.
Discussion:
Students were divided into two groups, namely humanities-inclined group and scienceinclined group. Different pedagogical methods to address the different groups were discussed.
Conclusion:
This approach helps to make the learning more palatable, boosting knowledge retention and
fostering camaraderie spirit among colleagues.

Published

2020-12-22