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Within the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Development of Medical Education” TNMU Teachers are Facilitators of Peer Groups

From October 12 to December 27, 2020, within the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Development of Medical Education” a distance training course for facilitators of peer groups took place. The teachers of Ternopil National Medical University Oksana Sydorenko, Sofia Husak, Iryna Borovyk and Natalia Haliiash took part in it.

Peer groups in institutions of higher medical education are the centers for teachers who strive for higher quality medical education and are constantly developing their teaching skills. These centres provide opportunities for professional progress and skills development. They are an example of horizontal learning, where participants without any strict rules in a safe atmosphere can discuss urgent issues, share their experience, learn new teaching approaches, motivational and pedagogical techniques.

At the beginning of the course, the participants the lectures on the goals and format of peergroups were delivered by Professor Renato Galeazzi, a project expert

Meetings within the course took place once a week for 2.5 hours. During these meetings the participants discussed horizontal learning and its benefits, the meaning, principles and techniques of facilitation, how to work with a group and its dynamics, the importance of feedback in teacher’s work, features of online facilitation, etc.

In the last part of the course, provided by Anastasia Leukhina, a teacher at Kyiv School of Economics, an independent facilitator, each participant had the opportunity to try themselves as a facilitator of a group of equals and practice their skills.

Participants of the distance training course for facilitators of peer groups

We appreciate a high level of facilitation of meetings of the peer groups, “cold shower” and “warm bath”, a sincere desire to share professional and personal experience by the coaches of the group “Other Education” Natalia Trambovetska, Anna Myhal, Daryna Pirogova and Anastasia Leukhina, as well as a high quality organization of the course and timely provision of all necessary information by Olena Ihnashchuk and Daryna Bohdan.

Such peer groups will work at our university starting from the New Year. The participants will discuss urgent problems that teachers face in their teaching activities, and the challenges of today. These groups bring together motivated, responsible teachers who strive for continuous improvement. All peer groups will consider issues the issues of practical training and will follow a problem-oriented approach. Two of them with facilitators Oksana Sydorenko, Sofia Husak and Iryna Borovyk will focus on general issues of pedagogical work, and facilitator of the third group Natalia Haliiash will expand on the problems of simulation training.

If you want to discuss work problems freely and relaxed, find the best ways to solve them with colleagues, share ideas, personal experience and at the same time get points for continuous professional development, you should certainly join! Since peer groups are one of the types of pedagogical training, you can include the Peer Group work into your individual plan of pedagogical skills development for 2021.

In January, a seminar “Peer groups – a new format of continuous professional development of teachers” takes place in our university; all organizational information about peer groups will be provided during it, you can ask questions the facilitators.

If you are interested in this information and you decide to participate in Peer Groups, contact the facilitators and join one of the three groups, as the number of participants is limited. Remember, as in a group, you can achieve more than on your own!

We invite teachers of our university to join the peer groups within the continuous professional development of teachers and improve their pedagogical skills in a modern, open, effective and friendly format.

Information was prepared by Natalia Haliiash and Oksana Sydorenko