The University of Cincinnati has a well-established and utilized Peer Tutoring Program where second-, third- and fourth-year medical students along with MD/PhD students tutor their peers in basic science coursework. Nearly all first-year medical students and two-thirds of second-year medical students sign up for and receive group tutoring free of charge
Student tutoring is typically provided in small groups, but individual tutoring is available upon request. Students sign up for tutoring on the MedOneStop Portal and the Executive Staff Assistant (ESA) in Academic Support assigns students to tutors on a daily basis. Once assigned, the tutor contacts the student and arranges a tutoring session.
Peer teaching materials are available on Blackboard and/or in the Office of Academic Support. Students are invited to visit the ESA in the Office of Student Affairs to discuss preferences for tutoring, pick up peer handouts or to peruse the Academic Resource Library where donated medical school textbooks and USMLE Board Review materials are available for students to borrow.
Student-Led Board Review Course for USMLE Step I
Since 2006, the University of Cincinnati has provided second-year medical students with an internal board review course for USMLE Step I for which the ADAS serves as course director and MD/PhD students who have taken Step 1 and are established peer teachers serve as the instructors.
The course consists of weekly two-hour class sessions with First Aid for USMLE Step I as the text. It is offered free of charge during Spring Quarter of the second year and continues until the week after Spring Quarter exams finish.
Class lectures and their audio recordings are available on Blackboard for students to refer to during intensive board review time.
UC College of Medicine
Academic Support & Counseling
Medical Sciences Building
PO Box 670552
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Laura Malosh, PhD
Assistant Dean of Academic Support