About this event

  • Date and time Tue 22 Mar 2022 from 9:00am to 1:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Vascular, Lipid and Metabolic Medicine Section

This live stream will introduce and explore an alternative method of learning called Team-based learning (TBL). TBL is a collaborative learning and teaching strategy that enables people to follow a structured process to enhance student engagement and the quality of student or trainee learning.

The term and concept were first introduced in a graduate business education context at the University of Oklahoma by Larry Michaelsen, in the late 1970s, since then TBL has been adopted in many disciplines across the world and has had a positive impact on the learning experience of students. In the early 2000s, the TBL concept made its way to medical education. 

Today, enabled by technological advancement and the ability to deliver this learning strategy to large scale student classes virtually, TBL is becoming an established instructional approach within several medical schools globally.

On the surface, TBL bears similarities to an earlier North American export Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which emerged out of McMaster University School of Medicine in the 1960s. Both approaches leverage teamwork to enable concept familiarity. However, TBL has a more defined and staged sequence of in-class activities and relies upon the successful implementation of the following stages of learning exercises:

  1. Individual pre-work
  2. Individual Readiness Assurance Test (IRAT)
  3. Team Readiness Assurance Test (TRAT)
  4. Clarification session
  5. Application exercises
  6. Peer evaluation

During this live stream, fundamental questions surrounding TBL will be examined such as; is TBL a renewed form of PBL or a fundamental shift in medical education? What are the educational principles and evidence-base that underpins this approach? Why haven’t more medical schools adopted TBL on a large scale?

This live stream will enable you to:

  • Understand the philosophy behind TBL
  • Learn about the structure and technique of TBL
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of TBL compared to Traditional Teaching

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Welcome and introduction

Professor Saroj Das, President, Vascular, Lipid and Metabolic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Origins of team-based learning and how it compares with other approaches

Professor Larry Michaelsen, Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Central Missouri, The University of Oklahoma, USA

Classroom implementation of team-based learning - tips for doing it effectively

Professor Dean Parmelee, Director, Educational Scholarship, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, USA

Innovations in large-scale team-based learning

Preman Rajalingam, Honorary Reader, Brunel Medical School, Brunel University London, Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Senior Lecturer, Medical Education, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Comfort break
How does team-based learning addresses cultural differences in educational environment?

Dr Michael Sweet, Director of Design, and Integration, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, Northeastern University, USA

Equality, diversity and inclusivity within team-based learning

Shafeena Anas, Brunel Medical School

Challenges and overcoming barriers in actual implementation of team-based learning

Professor Simon Tweddell, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Bradford School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Implementing team-based learning within a new medical school

Professor Michael Alan Ferenczi, Professor of Medical Sciences, Brunel Medical School, College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London

Empirical literature on team-based learning outcomes

Professor Saroj Das

Panel discussion

All speakers and Miss Meera Joshi, Invited guest representing trainees

Closing remarks

Professor Saroj Das

Close of the meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this live stream will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the live stream link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This live stream will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the live stream takes place. 

This live stream will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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