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Keywords:

  • peer-assisted learning;
  • near-peer role modeling;
  • peer teaching, gross anatomy;
  • basic sciences education;
  • mentoring

Abstract

Peer-assisted learning as de rigueur is reverberating in medical institutions around the world. Anatomy classroom activities are challenging and different, and the stressful environment of dissection rooms poses a greater challenge than what can be addressed through peer-assisted learning. It is here that “near-peer role modeling” is not only likely to be more useful, both to the students as well as their near-peer teachers, but also holds the answer to the worsening faculty shortage in anatomy education. Anat Sci Educ 3:50–51, 2010. © 2010 American Association of Anatomists.