Effects of students' peer teaching in a new pharmacokinetics teaching format.

TitreEffects of students' peer teaching in a new pharmacokinetics teaching format.
Type de publicationArticle
Année de publication2022
Titre de la revueAnnales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
Auteur(s)Samuel, L., Hélène R., Anne-Sophie O., Charlène L. et Matthieu E.
Mots-clésactive learning, peer tutoring, pharmacokinetics, team-based learning

Introduction: The aim of this work was to evaluate the impact of a teaching method in pharmacokinetics (PK) in terms of satisfaction and performance in the final test of students.

Material and methods: This method consisted of the development of a practical problem and a peer-tutored solution by small groups of three or four students. Students enrolled in the second year of pharmaceutical studies had to generate a PK practical problem, to propose a solution and to conduct a peer-tutored solution of the practical problem completed by another student group in a learning-connected classroom. Student's performance was assessed by individual semi-structured interviews and by comparing the scores obtained in the final test with those obtained in previous years.

Results: More than 70% of the students were highly satisfied with the new format of the PK course, especially concerning the development and the design of a practical problem. More than 94% of the students considered that the content of the lecture-based teaching was at least adapted and in accordance with the objectives of the PK course. Students reported very constructive discussions and interactions with peers and the teacher. In addition, students significantly increased their score at the final PK test compared to previous years (53.27±19.10% in 2015-2017 vs. 71.30±13.47% in 2018-2019, P<.0001).

Conclusion: This new method including peer teaching was applied in PK and allowed to significantly increase the performance and the satisfaction of the students in PK.