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Research in Medical Education – Chances and Challenges International Conference

20.05. - 22.05.2009, Heidelberg

Understanding problem-based learning (PBL) using a paper-case about PBL

Meeting Abstract

  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Marco Roos - University of Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Moritz Scholten - University of Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ruben Kuon - University of Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg, Germany
  • author Thomas Ledig - University of Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg, Germany
  • author Katja Götz - University of Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg, Germany

Research in Medical Education - Chances and Challenges 2009. Heidelberg, 20.-22.05.2009. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc09rmeH6

DOI: 10.3205/09rme48, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-09rme484

Published: May 5, 2009

© 2009 Roos et al.
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Outline

Poster

Background: Problem-based learning (PBL) is an essential part of the medical curriculum at the University of Heidelberg. Students have to face a lot of PBL sessions during their academic studies. The Department of General Practice and Health Services Research meet the challenge to introduce PBL to all first-year medical students.

Why the idea was necessary: Even because students normally do not have any experiences in PBL at the beginning of the medical curriculum, we thought about a possibility to give students both, a theoretical and a methodological experience to get in contact with PBL.

What was done: We designed a paper case about methodological aspects of PBL that supply possible procedural and explanatory lines of discussion. The case was intended to provide a motivating and amusing subject for first PBL session. We accompanied the sessions with a pre-post questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of 5 items. Every item is rated at a 1 to 5 likert-scale. Our aim was to measure if this approach is helpful for students doing their first steps in PBL.

Discussion: We will present you the feasibility of our approach introducing PBL to first-year students. We will use our results as basis for discussion, about the usage of a paper case about PBL to give students a first experience of problem-based learning.