Students as partners in an Australian medical program: Impact on student partners and teachers


  • Jarett Vanz-Brian Pereira The University of New South Wales
  • John Christopher Vassil The University of New South Wales
  • Rachel Elizabeth Thompson The University of New South Wales



students as partners, student-faculty partnership, curriculum reform, medical education, medical student


In this article, we will discuss and analyse the implementation of a Students-as-Partners (SaP) initiative in a formal medical curriculum. Effective student-staff collaboration led to the development of student-centred lessons that were relevant and engaging, while improving student-staff relationships. In addition, student partners developed leadership and management skills, gained knowledge about educational pedagogies, and acquired metacognitive strategies to improve personal learning. Our experience highlights the important role that medical students can play in driving educational innovation and the immense potential for SaP initiatives to benefit students and staff.


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How to Cite

Pereira, J. V.-B., Vassil, J. C., & Thompson, R. E. (2020). Students as partners in an Australian medical program: Impact on student partners and teachers. International Journal for Students As Partners, 4(2), 110–121.



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