Study groups

Usually groups of 5 to 10 participants study a PEP book together. This is preferable to studying alone. The group elects a leader who orders the books and arranges a study meeting about every 2 weeks. The time and venue is decided by the group and permission for the meeting is obtained from the local health care authorities. The meetings are usually held during working hours and the group leader is not paid for the additional responsibility. The material from one chapter at a time is studied by each participant at home. At the meeting the contents of the chapter are discussed and clinical skills practiced thus introducing the concept of peer tuition. Members assist and encourage one another in a spirit of co-operative learning. Local mentors can add value to the study group meetings.