Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología
Print version ISSN 0034-7434
TARAZONA, José Luis. Some reflections on problem-based learning (PBL): an alternative in medical education. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2005, vol.56, n.2, pp. 147-154. ISSN 0034-7434.
This article suggests that problem-based learning (PBL) could be a better alternative for medical trainings current needs. Recommendations are based on those made by the American Association of Medical Colleges and the Colombian National Academy of Medicine. Cognitive psychology is reviewed (i.e. constructivism and andragogy) as being the conceptual basis for PBL. Descriptive, prospective and analytic articles concerning the results of research in this field being conducted in schools of medicine from differing cultures having the greatest experience in applying PBL to date have also been reviewed. The article concludes by emphasizing that it is worth applying PBL in Medical Schools as it leads to a significant improvement in teachers and students satisfaction and, ipso facto, an improvement in the flow of students knowledge within the teaching-learning process as they become actively engaged in it.
Keywords : medical education; problem based learning (PBL); constructivism and andragogy.