Problem based learning at medical school

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1642c (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1642
  1. Richard Farrow
  1. Clinical fellow Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences,McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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    EDITOR,--Having survived a traditional medical education in Britain, I have spent the past 14 months working at McMaster University, during which time I tutored a problem based learning group. I am glad to learn from John Bligh's editorial on problem based learning that the attitude of some universities to undergraduate medical study has changed greatly.1 Continued learning should be an integral part of a professional career. Medical students in a traditional programme fill folders with lecture notes giving the currently accepted “facts,” but this method of learning is unavailable after graduation. Doctors must develop …

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