Pilot Project: A Peer-Led BLS Training Program for UBC Medical Students

  • Hannah Kapur UBC Medical School
  • Sarah Douglas University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
  • Kevin Shi, Dr University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Abstract

Basic Life Support (BLS) training is mandatory for all medical students. Typically, students receive certifications through private organizations, providing challenges with cost and availability. Peer-led BLS training is established in the literature as effective and beneficial to increase engagement and relevance. A Peer-Led BLS Training Program was established at UBC, with the goal to decrease course costs, increase exposure to simulation labs, and provide a teaching opportunity for medical students. Two UBC medical students were certified as BLS instructors and taught courses for first- and second-year medical students at University-affiliated simulation centres. Both peer-instructors and participants benefitted from the program.

Published
2020-08-24
Section
Commentaries