Problem based learning: look to Manchester
Editor - I wish to respond to last month's article about problem based learning.1 I graduated from Manchester Medical School in 2001. My medical degree was purely problem based learning, and, as a new university student fresh from A levels, I did not know about or have any other experience of any other way of university teaching.
I agree fully that students who undertake problem based learning feel better prepared for their hospital duties once qualified in terms of communication and team based work. Having worked with fellow colleagues who have undertaken non-problem based learning, this is evident—and they too agree with this.
You cannot make direct comparisons between different methods of learning as at the end of the day, whatever the method, the graduate has learnt the same syllabus and the overall degree is the same, preparing the junior doctor for work.
Problem based learning does have its advantages,