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Students will select a disease entity, find a real case, find and record test results, duplicate imaging studies, study relevant literature, write a case in standard PBL style, including resources, tutor guide, guiding questions and vocabulary. Goal: To provide students with an opportunity to use multidisciplinary problem solving skills to write a Problem-based Learning Case for possible future use in teaching medical students.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Amy Han, Ph.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Northwest Center for Medical Education (Gary)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Choose a disease entity and design a problem based learning case for future educational use in the format used at the Northwest Campus (a sample case to use for a template will be provided (PBLI1)

  • 2) Demonstrate ability to use resources by researching the disease entity for the most up to date information and provide properly documented references for the case (PBLI1)
  • 3) Demonstrate problem solving skills by composing a case study in the proper sequence, including H and P writeup, appropriate laboratory tests and imaging, and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the disease by writing a summary of the case (tutor guide), vocabulary list, guiding questions for students appropriate for a non-expert facilitator (PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Han (amyhan@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest electives must go thru the Northwest campus coordinators. Contact Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iun.edu or 219-980-6561) or Brittany Miller (millerby@iun.edu or 219-980-6525).

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None