PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) – BSc (Hons) Medicine

The Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) is a mentoring scheme run by students, for students of the BSc (Hons) Medicine Course, to provide peer assisted support within the medical school.

If a student feels they need any extra help regarding study skills, organisation, time management or just general advice relating to anything medical, then PALS can pair them up with a mentor who is usually from second or third year. The idea is that the mentee will be in contact as often as need be with their mentor, either via email or through face-to-face meetings, and the mentor will give as much help or advice as needed. The idea is not for the mentor to teach the mentee but rather to be there as a port of call, giving advice based on their own experiences and able to direct the student for further help if required.

A student can be paired at any time throughout the year, and particularly in the first few weeks of the semester and around exam time, students find having a mentor especially useful.

Contact palsmed@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information, or get in touch with Iona McKenzie (iem2@st-andrews.ac.uk) or In Ae Hwang (iah3@st-andrews.ac.uk).