IU School of Medicine



This course is designed for students who are especially interested in academic medicine and developing Problem Based Learning (PBL) cases. Attendance and participation are required components of success in this course. Students are expected to

  1.  be PBL course facilitator,
  2. provide a PBL case-wrap-up and
  3. develop and make a through PBL case.

The course uses a small group setting in which students can benefit from peer and facilitator feedback and support each other's learning. During Problem-Based Learning sessions (MSCI-X503; MSMS Course fall and spring semester; two days a week), students will work as PBL course facilitators, provide a PBL case wrap-up and develop a PBL case. Students will work either in a small group or individually to write an instruction-quality PBL case.

Each case will be realistic and objective-driven. At the start of the course, students will be provided a course orientation and a timetable for submission of assignments and completion of various components of the case. Students will meet with the course director weekly to review the progress of the case. Evaluation of student performance will be by the course director and other faculty.

Each student is expected be a PBL course facilitator during the month (class meets 2 days a week), provide a case wrap-up to the students and to make a significant contribution to the case development process and develop a PBL case that will be used for instruction of MSMS students in MSCI-X503.

Course Goals:

  1. To provide the student with an opportunity to acquire, utilize, and refine communication skills which will be helpful in their future career.
  2. To facilitate the acquisition of skills and attitudes by the student related to lifelong learning as well as problem solving.
  3. To provide the student with an opportunity to research in-depth one particular area of medicine, from the molecular level to the whole individual, with further studies into the demographics, cultural and socioeconomic impact of the disease, thus strengthening that area of knowledge in the student's chosen program.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops:

Dr. Steven J Miller (sjmiller@iupui.edu)

Director: Steven Miller, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

    1. Act as PBL course facilitator for MSCI-X503 (ISC5)
    2. Direct students as they are reviewing cases(ISC5)
    3. Provide a PBL case wrap-up (summary) for MSCI-X503 (PBLI1)
    4. Review of case with students(ISC5)
    5. Develop a PBL case (PBLI1)
    6. Identify a common and significant clinical problem that would constitute the basis of a PBL instructional case (PBLI1)
    7. Formulate clear learning objectives for the case(PBLI1)
    8. Develop a coherent case that integrates the basic and clinical sciences(PBLI1)
    9. Analyze and evaluate data in order to write a good PBL case(PBLI1)
    10. Consult with physicians and other experts whose work is relevant to the case being developed (ISC1)
    11. Work collaboratively with peers (SBP1)
    12. 12) Communicate (oral and written) information to peers ((ISC5)
    13. Make written reports (ISC5)
    14. Research literature that is relevant to the case being developed (PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (completeness/thoroughness of PBL case developed and PBL-facilitator involvement).

Enrollment Information


4th year status; interest in academic medicine

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 20

Time Distribution: 60% Small Group- in-class; 25% Library/Clinical; 15% Small Group/individual (other medical colleagues)- out-of-class

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Students must obtain permission from Dr. Steven J Miller (sjmiller@iupui.edu) to enroll in this elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None