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An educational method that has become increasingly popular in medical and some other health professional training programs since the 1980s. It departs from conventional systematic study of separate disciplines and subjects and is based on presentation to students of problems resembling those encountered in practice. Students integrate knowledge and skills from all disciplines that are relevant to the problem, to arrive at diagnostic decisions and formulate therapeutic regimens. The method is claimed to be more enjoyable and interesting than conventional teaching. The end results, as judged by objective examinations, are about the same. It is claimed that the method encourages the habit of lifelong learning by recourse to reference material in current medical journals. There is insufficient long-term followup to establish whether the claim is valid.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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