Letters

Students validate problem based learning

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.365 (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:365
  1. J Burke, senior university teacher in medical education,
  2. R G Matthew, professor of teaching, learning, and assessment,
  3. M Field, reader in rheumatology and medical education ([email protected]),
  4. D Lloyd, evaluation service manager
  1. Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
  2. Business School, Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

    EDITOR—In 1993 the General Medical Council recommended that medical schools should develop student centred curriculums to discourage memorising detail in favour of information gathering and problem solving.1 In response, most UK schools 2 have adopted a form of problem based learning, which, compared with traditional courses, at best produces graduates with only marginally better diagnostic acumen.3 This has recently raised concerns about the cost effectiveness of introducing new …

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