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Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered approach to curriculum, where clinical case presentations are the stimulus for acquiring the basic science knowledge needed to understand underlying mechanisms, as well as means of developing clinical reasoning skills. Our students follow a double-pass systems-based model, which allows them to develop integrated learning issues, including both the basic and clinical sciences, over two years.

In Fall of 2019, we launched our new curriculum for both our SGL and PBL tracks. While the approach of PBL remains the same, our students will be engaged in additional activities that affect the health of the whole patient, which is a principle of osteopathy. Our courses incorporate community service, end of life care, sexuality, and the science behind healthcare systems. Because of the independent learning nature of this track, emphasis on the core components - System blocks, Intersessions, Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS), and Longitudinal Project-based Courses – is determined by each group’s collective learning issues. More detailed information is available on our New Curriculum page.

A student is eligible to apply for the PBL Track once they are admitted to SOM. Once chosen for the PBL program, a student will remain on this track throughout their Pre-Clerkship years.

Sample Schedule: Year One

A sample of the schedule for PBL Year One Fall 2022*Schedules are subject to change.

Sample Schedule: Year Two

A sample of the schedule for PBL Year Two Fall 2022*Schedules are subject to change.

Questions about Problem-Based Learning?

Deanna Janora, M.D.

Interim Director, Problem-Based Learning Curriculum
Associate Professor, PM&R, NMI 

Jeffery Powers, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Problem-Based Learning Curriculum
Associate Professor, Molecular Biology 

Sewell Campus

Angela Evans

Program Assistant

Sara Pollock

Program Assistant

Lisa Smalley

Staff Assistant

Stratford Campus

Alayna Kacerja

Program Assistant

Colleen Rucci

Program Assistant


Staff Assistant

PBL Curriculum Office Contact Information

University Educational Center, Suite 2105