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Surgical support team: Lessons learned after piloting a near peer support program for medical students during their core surgery clerkship

Published:October 10, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.10.010
      Clinical rotations represent a significant shift in the undergraduate medical curriculum: from absorptive, classroom-based learning during the preclinical period to active patient care during senior medical student clerkships and sub-internships. The clinical years of medical school provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on skills and practical knowledge in various specialties. Students’ experiences during these rotations can influence career path selection and professional identity formation.
      • Goldie J.
      The formation of professional identity in medical students: considerations for educators.
      This transition to clinical-based learning can be simultaneously exciting and stressful given the abrupt shift in focus from student-oriented teaching to being thrust into direct patient care whilst navigating rapidly evolving clinical team dynamics and culture.

      Abbreviations:

      (MS3) (Third-year medical student), (MS4) (Fourth-year medical student), (SST) (Surgical Support Team)
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