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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-42

Task-Based Learning Programme for Clinical Years of Medical Education

Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

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Berna Musal
Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Medical Education Department, 35340, Inciralti, Izmir
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Context: Task-based learning (TBL) is an educational strategy recommended for the later years of the medical education programme. The TBL programme was adopted for clinical years in the 2000-2001 academic year in Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine (DEUSM). Objective: The aim of this paper is to describe the TBL programme of DEUSM. Methods: DEUSM outlined 50 clinical tasks for fourth-year students and 37 for fifth-year students. The tasks were grouped into four and five blocks. Interdisciplinary practicals, lectures and patient visits were organised in each task's schedule. The tasks were the focus of learning and each discipline contributed its own learning opportunities to the attached tasks. Formative and summative methods were used to evaluate the programme. Conclusion: Based on the experience and feedback provided by the students and trainers, the authors considered TBL an applicable and advisable approach for the clinical years of medical education.

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