A student-led clerkship primer: a near-peer orientation to clerkship


  • Mars Zhao University of Saskatchewan
  • Shayan Shirazi University of Saskatchewan https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0031-5355
  • Krista Trinder University of Saskatchewan
  • Tamara Hominuke University of Saskatchewan
  • Ruddy Ginger University of Saskatchewan
  • Greg Malin University of Saskatchewan https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5650-4353
  • Meredith McKague University of Saskatchewan




Implication Statement

The transition between pre-clerkship and clerkship can be difficult for medical students. Near-peer teaching may fill knowledge gaps within curricular clerkship orientation, leveraging recent, relatable, and up-to-date experiences from near-peers. These benefits have not been formally evaluated in the context of a clerkship orientation. We therefore created the Clerkship Primer, a near-peer teaching initiative that aimed to introduce incoming clerks to clerkship through a curricular session facilitated exclusively by senior clerkship students. Sessions had high satisfaction among students. This pilot project suggests that curricular near-peer teaching is a valuable component of clerkship orientation.


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Author Biographies

Shayan Shirazi, University of Saskatchewan

Fourth-year medical student. 

Meredith McKague, University of Saskatchewan

Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education 


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How to Cite

Zhao M, Shirazi S, Trinder K, Hominuke T, Ginger R, Malin G, McKague M. A student-led clerkship primer: a near-peer orientation to clerkship . Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2023 Nov. 14 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];15(2):83-5. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/76866



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