Canadian medical school documentary on PBL, MMI and Med Ed innovationsWatch
McMaster University Medical School was the school that first developed PBL in the 60s and MMI in the 00s. A good watch for anyone interested in schools that use MMI for interviews or PBL for teaching or anyone just bored and needing yet another med documentary to watch :P
I'll give it a watch. I'm still not convinced about PBL. I have never been a fan but it seems to really split opinion.
I personally think that the ideal school has a mix. It shouldn't sacrifice lectures, which I believe are great for core concepts (i.e. things you want everyone to know), but it should also have PBL, which I believe is best for clinical material and storing information as memory. PBL really tries to emulate the way you learn clinically often with a physician tutor and 7-8 students.
I personally find that any material after the 2nd hour of lecture just flies over my head because I just can't pay attention, while PBL can miss key concepts if one group veers off in a different direction. It also can create concern about whether or not you are on the right track as well.
The way PBL is done seriously makes a difference as to whether or not it succeeds. It varies with tutor and it varies by school depending on how they spin it.
If a school is lecture heavy, it should cut back on lectures maybe 10-12 hours of lectures a week and 2 3 hour PBL sessions imo works well.
In Canada, all schools use PBL to some extent, the last holdout just updated their curriculum to include PBL.