Is a problem based learning (PBL) course better than a traditional course?

I'm on a PBL course, but I can't help but wander what the more traditional courses are like and whether the students get better, more complete teaching?

My friend is at at Bristol which is 9-5 lectures for most of the first 2 years. This is more teaching than I get. Does anyone have any opinions or answers to this?

Authored By Sam Tipton on Monday 1st October 2012

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Jeremy Walker
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Posted about 7 years ago

In July, the Student BMJ published this article (free subscription required) comparing the two methods. It mentions

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Charlotte Grimminger
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Medical Student - Peninsula
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Posted about 7 years ago

I think a PBL course is best, but I'm a bit biased! I think it depends on what type of person you are and how you work best. It gives you the chance to focus more on areas that you prefer though. :)

People on my course definitely enjoy this

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Mariechen Puchert
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Posted about 7 years ago

I do a traditional curriculum, and my entire class hates it. When we are on theory rotations we bunk classes a LOT, because a good doctor just isn't necessarily a good lecturer.

So from a subjective point of view (and inferring from the beh

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Vicky Pyne
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Medical Student - Bristol
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Posted about 7 years ago

FWIW, I'm in the third year at Bristol and we don't have 9-5 lectures for most of the first two years - your friend is exaggerating a little bit. It is, however, fair to say that we do very little PBL teaching, if any.

I would say that

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