Multidisciplinary case-based learning for undergraduate students

Eur J Dent Educ. 2000 Nov;4(4):165-8. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0579.2000.040404.x.


This report describes the introduction of case-based learning into the final-year dental programme at the Dublin Dental School. Students attended a series of one-hour sessions in groups of 8. Each group appointed a chairman for each session and a tutor facilitated the discussion. Case details were provided during the session with relevant diagnostic records. At weekly discussion sessions, the group findings and treatment options were considered. The diagnosis and treatment plans were then discussed by clinicians involved in the treatment of the case. Following the last session, the case-based learning programme was evaluated by means of a questionnaire distributed to both tutors and students. Both students and tutors rated the sessions positively. Case-based learning was found to be a worthwhile progression from problem-based learning.

MeSH terms

  • Case Management
  • Education, Dental / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Learning
  • Models, Educational*
  • Problem-Based Learning / methods*
  • Self-Evaluation Programs
  • Surveys and Questionnaires