What is case-based learning?

Beatrice Vergara is studying the Medical Sciences degree at USW. 

"Now in my second year of study, I am especially enjoying case-based learning.

Case-based learning is based on scenarios that imitate real-life situations. You use the knowledge and skills you have developed from modules, clinical practice, clinical physiology, and human form and function to provide an informed outlook on patient diagnosis.

Throughout the year, cases alternate to focus on a single human body system. Each one offers a unique scenario and is supported by tailored lectures. Breaking down the learning of each system into separate in-depth modules provides a more comprehensive grasp of the subject matter as a whole.

Human Form and Function explores anatomy and structures relevant to each system, whilst Clinical Physiology examines the difference between normal function and the abnormalities that lead to disease.

Clinical Practice provides insight into the necessary skills required for patient management in relation to diagnosis and treatment.

This approach to learning has been such a great experience so far. It allows group participation in small teams, as well as independent learning.

Case meetings open up discussions allowing each of us to view topics from multiple perspectives which leads to a deeper understanding of content.

This has proved to be a very effective and enjoyable way to tackle complex concepts."