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Creating a Peer-tutoring Program: Benefits and Lessons Learned

Peer-tutoring is a common resource and has well-documented advantages for both the students and the institution. Less well documented is the fact that such a program also greatly benefits tutors—this was demonstrated in a recent article in the Journal of Dental Education (JDE).

Join Drs. Zsuzsa Horvath and Christine Wankiiri-Hale in this free webinar to review how the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM) created and assessed a credit-bearing, peer-tutoring program to provide support to struggling students. They will also review updated outcomes since the JDE article was published.

Insights from the perspective of a participating Pitt SDM student will also be included. In addition, Dr. Susanne Benedict will share how the Indiana University School of Dentistry collaborated with Pitt SDM to update their program.

Attendees will leave this webinar with ideas on how peer-tutoring programs can be adapted to other dental programs and with lessons learned from administering peer-tutoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify ways to design a student peer-tutoring program.
  2. List benefits of a student peer-tutoring program to the institution, tutees and tutors.
  3. Identify steps to create a new student peer-tutoring program or update your existing one. 

CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Feb. 2, 2024. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.