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Question #27472 posted on 09/07/2002 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you tell me ALL of the US medical schools that use a problem-based learning (PBL) method of teaching?

-Nala Eprud

A: Dear Nala,

Problem-based learning began at McMaster University Medical School over 25 years ago, under the definition that "the curriculum consists of carefully selected and designed problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies, and team participation skills. The process replicates the commonly used systemic approach to resolving problems or meeting challenges that are encountered in life and career."

US medical schools that have adopted this method of teaching are Southern Illinois University, University of Mississippi (pharmacy), Mississippi State (vet school), Ohio State, and University of Nevada-Reno. Other US colleges now use PBL for their undergraduates, and PBL is also used in several Canadian and European medical schools.