In the first two years of your course, your learning will centre on problem-based learning, or 'PBL', sessions.
We're proud of our PBL – it's a real strength of the curriculum and it offers you a lively, interactive and enjoyable way to learn. Our students quickly adapt to this new way of learning, and thrive on it!
To download a student guide to PBL, click here.
A number of medical schools use PBL, but the way it's implemented differs significantly from school to school. At HYMS, we use the 'guided discovery' model, which means you always have the guidance of an experienced tutor to make sure you're learning the right information at the right depth and breadth.
PBL at HYMS is led by specialist facilitators. Each facilitator works with the same group throughout the year, getting to know you and guiding your learning. Our facilitators are all experienced clinicians who will offer you excellent support and guidance as you adapt to new ways of learning at university.
Your educational facilitator will also be your personal tutor, so you'll always have a familiar face to turn to for advice about any issues which arise -- personal, academic or professional.
Your learning each week will be supported by lectures, workshops and resource sessions, all integrated closely with clinical skills sessions and clinical placements in both hospitals and general practice. You will also be guided by our detailed course materials, including a detailed study guide for each topic you cover.
Medical education has changed significantly over the past twenty years, and this is reflected in the design of our course.