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Volunteer as a PBL Tutor

Volunteering as a Full-time Facilitator Requires That: 

  • You are able to attend 80% of the sessions listed for Phase 1 below (all of which meet at the Anschutz campus in Denver). This equates to approximately a 60 hour commitment in Phase 1 and 30 hour committment in Phase 2.
  • You anticipate that you will be able to continue with your group for 2 years.
  • You are a clinical practitioner.

Given the strong emphasis in PBL on teaching real-world clinical skills during the sessions, new facilitators are required to be clinical practitioners that have had some experience observing or working directly with students/residents in a clinical setting. Facilitators are not expected to be content experts in any of the cases and we welcome clinicians (ACP’s and physicians) from all specialties.

During PBL sessions at CU, eight or nine students meet with a facilitator to discuss narrative patient cases.  In these sessions the students, with their clinical facilitator, work through clinical cases and apply the basic science concepts that they have learned in class as they learn to practice clinical problem solving. Students also deal with real world issues of patient care such as health care finance, access to care, and professionalism. The PBL sessions have been highly successful and popular with the students and faculty.  Students gave high evaluation marks to PBL as a learning experience and to the facilitators for their teaching. 

Sample Student Comments about PBL tutors

  • "Dr. ___ is an outstanding facilitator. He is thoroughly committed to our learning and developing our skills in independent critical thinking. He provides clinical insights that provide real clarity to the different cases and makes a point of really building group dynamics and team based problem solving in medicine."
  • “Dr. ___ is one of the real stars at CUSOM. I feel very fortunate to have her as our PBL facilitator. I particularly like the fact that she does not direct the discussions except for when we veer too far off track. I feel that this approach really allows us to explore our own reasoning and deduction skills.”
  • “This is the best part of the education so far. It allows us to have a break from cramming information into our heads and actually apply the use of that information.  Its why we are here.”
  • “Really, really wonderful. PBL is one of my favorite parts about med school, and Dr. ___ is an AMAZING facilitator. I learn so much every single time, and I absolutely love my group. Thanks!!”
If you are interested in becoming a PBL faciliator or substitute facilitator, please contact: