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Local author published

A systematic review of the literature describing the outcomes of near-peer mentoring programs for first year medical students


Transition into higher education has been identified as one of the most stressful periods for learners. Interventions targeting the transition phase such as near- peer mentoring might help address some of these challenges. We were however unable to identify a published systematic review of the literature describing outcomes of near-peer mentoring of medical students during the transition phase into medical school. The aim of this paper is to review the literature and describe the outcomes of near-peer mentoring schemes for first-year medical students in the transition phase.


A search of different electronic databases was carried out, using the search terms peer, buddy, mentor*, counsel*, advise*, tutor*, student, medical, school. 1861 articles were identified, however only 5 studies met the inclusion criteria- primary mentees should be first-years, and mentors must be inclusive of second-years but not limited to them. In reporting this paper, the PRISMA guidelines were followed.


Published material on near-peer mentoring for medical students is scarce. Three outcomes for peer mentoring were identified- professional and personal development, stress reduction, and ease of transitioning. Incidentally, peer-mentoring was also found to have facilitated the development of personal and professional attitudes in the mentors. The quality of the evaluation methods in the studies was however low to moderate.


Near-peer-mentoring is a way of promoting professional and personal development. It is also promising to aid transition and maintain well-being of first-year medical students. However, larger, better quality longitudinal studies, are needed to ascertain its true value for these students.

New books

The Library & Knowledge Service purchases new books and e-books throughout the year to replace old editions, to fill in gaps in subject areas and in response to staff requests.

The following subject areas have had a number of new books added to them in recent months:
CardiologyEmergency MedicineExamsLeadership and ManagementNursing.

How do I borrow a book?
Join the library (2nd floor, New Alderley House) and you can borrow up to 8 books at a time for 3 weeks.  Want to find out what books the library holds?

Search the library catalogue  (from a Trust computer)

We want to purchase the books that you need! Why not suggest a book that you think we should have in the library?
Can’t get to the library?  We purchase e-books to make it easier for our remote workers and community staff to borrow a book. You will need an East Cheshire NHS Athens account to open the full-text of our e-books.
​​For more information or to reserve a book please email the Library or call 01625 661362.