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Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2002 Apr;23(4):168-70.

Comparison of problem-and lecture-based pharmacology teaching.

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  • 1Depts of Medicine and Pharmacology, Universit√§tsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122, Essen, Germany.


Problem-based learning (PBL) is gaining interest in many medical schools. Although various approaches have been labelled PBL, it remains unclear which approach is most appropriate for pharmacology courses. Moreover, some teachers remain sceptical about whether PBL is adequate to convey the numerous facts medical students need to memorize about drugs. However, comparisons of PBL methods with conventional lecture-based learning (LBL) methods within general pharmacology courses for medical students show that PBL students are at least as successful in standardized tests but enjoy their course to a greater extent than do LBL students.

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