Problem-based learning

Teaching is carried out through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). This teaching method uses complex real-world problems as the vehicle to stimulate student learning of theoretical concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. Students develop a host of core skills essential for physicians, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. PBL provides opportunities for working in groups, finding and evaluating research materials, and life-long learning.

The entire training process of this highly integrated academic program, starting with lesson planning and curriculum development is student-centered. Students begin their professional training at the very start of the program through continuous contact with patients and colleagues, hence not only building confidence but also learning to work autonomously. Students are provided with strong foundations in scientific methodology, statistical analysis and the practice of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). Students are given direct access to online resources through appropriately selected computer programs. Direct access develops their ability to use essential research tools and the selected programs foster their understanding of appropriate methods for addressing research issues.