Methods of teaching and learning


Problem-based learning (PBL)

Two PBL sessions per week, on Mondays and Tuesdays, will be scheduled during the first seven weeks of each rotation. A case scenario will be outlined in the first session (Tuesdays) to be followed by passing on additional information, sufficient enough to point towards a discreet diagnosis, a day later. A total number of five to seven questions, one for each of the designated group student, will be framed to cover the subject. The students will present information during the second PBL session (on Mondays). The PBL facilitator, in his concluding remarks, will fill in the pertinent gaps in information, missed out during the group discussion.
The PBL facilitator will be responsible for recording and rating the attitude, participation and contribution, of each student during the PBL sessions.

Patient clerking sessions

With the student-tutor ratio of 3-4:1, the students clerk and present patients in this small group setting three times per week. Once per week, they attend outpatient clinics with their respective tutors. All students are expected to write up a minimum of five patient assessments. The notes include formulation of individual care plans with clearly stated prognostic indicators for each of these patients. 

Teaching OSCE sessions

An OSCE blueprint has been prepared to include, demonstrate and practice ,the history-taking, communication and interviewing skills, interviewer attributes, and the Mental Status examination. Following a brief description of the topic and the objectives for the session, a student will be asked to interview the simulated patient. The tutor will then, usually after asking some more questions, conclude the session.

Case conferences

The students, from the cases assigned to them, prepare the case, under supervision of his/her tutor. Following presentation of the case in the case-conference, the students interview the patient live and demonstrate salient features of the case. This is followed by discussion in which students actively participate and formulate management plan and state prognostic indicators for the given patient.

MSD activity

A total number of 42 lectures, six on each of the 7 stipulated MSD’s are delivered. This includes three morning session lectures about the subject and three afternoon multidisciplinary seminars. The student-led activity, under supervision of their respective coordinators, consists of 3-4 student-led presentations during the late morning session. The MSD topics include

  • Suicide
  • Women-specific Psychiatric Disorders
  • Stress- Related Disorders
  • Exercise: The “New” Treatment in Mental Health
  • Substance abuse
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Sleep disorders