Problem based learning, pleasant patients, and pub crawls
German medical student Alexander Quass decided to spend his clinical years in Manchester. Here he explains why he came over, and some of the good things about studying medicine in the United Kingdom that we might take for granted
Having spent a year in France at boarding school, a year in Italy for national service, and a year at a Harvard lab for research, I thought that the clinical year in Manchester could hardly impress me. Three years later, I'm still here and about to take on a house job at Manchester Royal Infirmary provided I don't fail miserably in my finals. How did it come to that?
Having done preclinical years in Berlin, I had a head full of basic medical knowledge waiting to be applied to actual patients. We had had some optional groups for problem based learning (PBL) in Germany, but they were organised by keen students and weren't part of the actual curriculum. In these, however, I realised how much easier it was to remember information if it was related to a case. Being a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation, which has good