Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) introduces students to clinical reasoning skills and how to approach a medical problem early in their education (the hypothesis generation steps).

Problem-Based Learning provides a real-life context and framework for organization of the knowledge students are expected to gain. Organization of an individual's knowledge base is a more important factor in their ability to solve problems than is the size of their knowledge base. Recall of information is increased when the knowledge is organized in a useful way, and when there is an opportunity for students to elaborate on new knowledge immediately after learning (the discussion of learning objectives in small groups).

For more information, please select from the following:


For PBL Questions (concerning facilitation, group process) contact the course co-directors:


To observe a PBL Group Session (Penn State College of Medicine Faculty only) contact the Office of Medical Education.