Posted on March 23, 2015

Qatar University’s College of Medicine (QU-CMED) engaged 18 faculty members from different QU colleges and healthcare organizations in a workshop on March 22 on current learning and teaching techniques in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Team-Based Learning (TBL). Themed “Current Trends in Learning and Teaching in Health Professions Education”, the workshop was an opportunity for participants to be oriented on PBL and TBL, two contemporary learning and teaching strategies, and how authentic learning requires a “blend” of methods.

Attendees included VPs, Associate VPs and centers’ directors, as well as associate deans and medical doctors. Workshop presenter Medical Education Consultant and Member of the College’s International Advisory Board Prof Hossam Hamdy (pictured), expressed his enthusiasm for using this platform to exchange knowledge among education experts, medical practitioners and medical educators to demonstrate  through real examples how  problem-based learning operates in a medical education environment. 

The workshop program featured a plenary sessions on “Adult Learning Principles”, “Student-Centered Learning I”, “Problem-Based Learning (PBL)”, “Demonstration of a PBL tutorial Fish Bowl Activity”, “What is PBL in the 21st century?”, “Student-Centered Learning II”, “Team-Based Learning (TBL)”, “TBL and the Blend”, and an interactive presentation entitled “Implications to teaching and learning”, as well as a group activity themed “Individual Readiness Assurance Test (IRAT) and Group Readiness Assurance Test (GRAT)”.

Faculty oriented on competency 2 [].jpgCommenting on the workshop, QU Vice President for Medicine and Health, and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said: “This workshop aims to enhance the interaction between educators and practitioners to contribute to ensuring the success of the College’s competency-based curriculum which is based on a “blend” of student-centered learning and teaching strategies such as PBL, TBL, Task-Based Learning, and Research-Based Learning, as well as traditional teaching methods.”

He added, saying, “This important event also serves as a platform for faculty from different colleges across the campus to share their views and experiences in PBL as they apply to healthcare education. It reflects QU’s commitment to developing the future generation of medical and health professionals who will fulfill Qatar’s needs in the fast-growing healthcare sector.”