Besides, the weather's been good and I've been enjoying cycling (only fell off once in the last fortnight...), and as such I'm gonna go cycle a few miles now for fun!
While I'm away-ish this weekend, I have a challenge for you.
As you know, I do a PBL (problem based learning) medical course. I'm inviting email submissions of people's personal takes on the PBL system of training health professions. But first I will give you some background knowledge.
- splits the academic year into smaller groups of people who work through questions together
- allows the individual group to define their own learning objectives (based around a scenario) and define their own education
- often means that students get to meet patients earlier in a general practice setting
- often means less lectures and more focussed group time
- essentially produces doctors who have largely taught themselves medicine.
What I want to know is how you feel about that?
I'm comparing my medical school to the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and ?St Andrew's, whereby the students do a couple of years of pure science before they learn any clinical skills or meet patients.
And calling all nurses, paramedics, other health professionals....do you notice a difference?
Emails requested to firstname.lastname@example.org please ASAP, and I will publish (with credit if requested) on here over the next few weeks.