Table 2

Selected concerns about problem-based learning (PBL) expressed by medical and dental faculty members: number of responses for each in parentheses

Area of ConcernMedical FacultyDental Faculty
Faculty concerns about PBL• Could result in knowledge gaps (3)
• Instructor-dependent (3)
• Student-dependent (4)
• Problem-dependent (2)
• Challenging student assessment (2)
• Time-consuming (3)
• May promote shortcuts (1)
• Could result in knowledge gaps (5)
• Instructor-dependent (3)
• Student-dependent (3)
• Problem-dependent (3)
• Time-consuming (4)
• Labor-intensive method (2)
• May be confusing (2)
Appropriate integration of PBL• Should not be used as sole method of instruction (5)
• Requires solid foundation first (3)
• Faculty training is required (2)
• PBL depends on delivery (3)
• Should be backed up by core set of lectures (1)
• PBL cannot teach everything (1)
• Should not be used as sole method of instruction (6)
• Requires solid foundation first (3)
• Faculty training is required (2)
• PBL depends on delivery (2)
• Requires high-quality cases (2)
• Problem-solving must be evaluated pre- and post-training (1)