Do tomorrow's doctors really know no anatomy?
There's more to problem based learning than just skipping training in basic medical sciences, thinks Jessie Morgan
- By: Jessie Morgan
When he realised that I was from one of the new problem based learning schools, the consultant took one look at me and said, “So I take it you know no anatomy, then?”
Undergraduate medical training has undergone revolutionary changes since the General Medical Council indicated the need for less factual knowledge. “Factual information must be kept to the essential minimum that students need at this stage of medical education.”1 Why should students have to learn every step in the glucose metabolic pathway, when in terms of patient management it is not required?2 In an attempt to follow this advice, several medical schools have adopted a problem based learning approach, but many people think that students from these schools have much less knowledge of anatomy compared to students who are studying for traditional medical degrees. Problem based learning, however, has been shown to be an effective method of integrating basic