Case-Based Learning (CBL) is at the core of the MB ChB curriculum and is integrated across all four years of the programme. CBL is a leaner-centred method of teaching and learning that we regard as ‘directed discovery’. It identifies what is essential to know about a patient case while encouraging students, individually and in small groups, to take an active role in identifying what they need to learn and how they can learn it. CBL also acknowledges that students have existing knowledge and experience which they can draw upon, including in contributions to group work.
We have adopted CBL to support students in
- Integrating learning across the biomedical, social and clinical sciences
- Applying this learning to medical practice, including in the development of clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
- Developing team working, communication and professional skills
- Incorporating and building upon prior knowledge and experience
- Developing skills for self-directed learning.
The cases used in CBL are realistic, typically based on common conditions and reflect current clinical practice. CBL sessions will be supported be interactive lectures, other small group sessions, clinical skills sessions, e-learning and experiences in the community, primary and secondary care.