Health and Medical Science: What is CBL?
Health and Medical Science is amongst one of the newest courses that Warwick has to offer. An incredibly unique aspect of the course are the Case Based Learning sessions. But what is Case Based Learning?
In these sessions we analyse and discuss different case scenarios relating to the content that we are covering at the time.
An example of a case scenario in the Wellbeing and Mental Health Module, was a man who was beginning to express symptoms of dementia. After reading through the case as group, we would then discuss key cues and statements to identify details such as the risk factors, or symptoms for the illness presented in the scenario. This would usually lead on to further discussions where we would express our different views and ideas on the themes present in the case.
After these discussions, we would then go away and do further research on the details we had found in the case allowing us to develop a more in depth understand on what is happening. We then present what we have found to each other in the following session.
I feel that the main aim of each case is to identify and understand how health and medical factors can interrelate in a variety of ways when looking at illness.
In the HMS you will be put into a small CBL group, ranging from 8-10 people. Our cohort was split into three different groups, and we remained in these groups for the entire year. By staying in the same seminar group throughout the year, I found that I became more comfortable expressing my opinions and views with my peers. This is incredibly important as through group discussions, you are able to consider new perspectives, as everyone will have their own way of interpreting each case.
At the beginning of every session, as a group you will assign someone to be the chair and the scribe. To clarify, the chair will lead the discussion and the scribe will type everything discussed. This allows you to go over and review the session later as a part of revision as key information from these sessions might come up in an exam.
Typically, we would have around two to three Case Based Learning sessions a week, ranging from one to two hours long. Each case would typically last up to 4 sessions. Most often these seminars would start at 9am, and trust me, the struggle to wake up for these sessions in time never goes away.
Overall, these sessions allow you to develop an understanding of how the content you learn in the course relates to the real world. I have found that these sessions allow me to develop a more in depth understanding of certain aspects of our content. For the most part, I tend to have a better understanding of the topics covered in CBL sessions.
CBL is a unique form of learning that for me has been a highlight of studying the HMS this year.