Problem based learning (PBL) involves a small group of approximately 10-12 students and one faculty member serving as a facilitator.
The group discusses a case and students develop a Differential Diagnosis (DDx) -- hypotheses to explain the nature of the patient's problems -- and make decisions about diagnostic testing and therapeutic management. Learning issues emerge as the group tries to understand the basic science principles involved.
Information about each case is presented in stages.
Between small group sessions, students independently investigate learning issues utilizing textbooks, scientific literature, consultants, and other resources. When students return to the case in the small group, learning issues are discussed. Additional information about the patient is presented, the DDx is modified as needed and new learning issues are generated. The case is completed during the third session.
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