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Team-Based Learning

By combining Team-Based Learning with clinical exposure from the first year, Brunel Medical School takes a truly innovative approach towards learning medicine.

We are among the few medical schools in the world to use Team-Based Learning as a significant method for classroom instruction. Our MBBS students will learn in small groups of 5-6 people facilitated by academics and TBL-enabled software. This is often referred to as the “flipped classroom” approach.

Students may remain in the same small group for the year. By doing so, strong bonds are created and peer-to-peer learning flourishes.  

Benefits of Team-Based Learning at Brunel Medical School 

  • Students quickly learn how to work effectively in teams under pressure
  • Student engagement is considerably higher than other forms of teaching
  • Students have the opportunity to apply scientific knowledge to real-life clinical cases
  • Peer-to-peer learning, especially when amongst international students from around the world, allows groups to generate very diverse ideas, views and opinions
  • Knowledge retention is much higher compared to traditional learning and teaching methods
  • TBL encourages a little friendly competition which often raises the standard of individuals and the group itself
  • Students learn how to problem solve and debate whilst developing life-long skills that are highly relevant to medicine; e.g. teamwork, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Students can make their own assessment as to how well they are progressing compared to other members in the group

Team-Beasd Learning phases

1) Preparation

Students, on their own, study course content outside of class either by online/offline reading, or listening to/watching pre-recorded lectures.

2a) In-class individual readiness assurance testing

In class, students independently complete a short multiple-choice test or quiz based on their preparation study.

2b) Team readiness assurance test

Students then gather in their in groups and using TBL-enabled software, retake the test and record their answers.

3) Application of course concepts

Finally, again working in their groups, students collectively solve problems by applying their knowledge to real-life medical situations. It’s here that academics facilitate a classroom discussion to help draw conclusions and to strengthen the learning of the session.  

We will also have medical and health professional experts and patients involved in some sessions to help students understand the clinical application of the knowledge you are learning to the work of the doctor.