Teaching Methods

Problem-based learning

Our teaching methods have a focus on Problem-Based Learning (PBL). This 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 medical doctors, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. PBL provides opportunities for working in groups, finding and evaluating research materials, and lifelong learning.

The entire training process of this highly integrated academic programme, from lesson planning to curriculum development, is student-centred. Students begin their professional training at the very start of the programme through continuous contact with patients and colleagues, thus building not only confidence, but also learning to work independently. 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 programmes. Direct access develops their ability to use essential research tools and the selected programmes foster their understanding of appropriate methods for dealing with research issues.