So here we are, with the first week of MS2 under our belts. It's already evident that the format for year two is going to be quite different than last year. Not necessarily better, not necessarily worse, just different. Instead of being primarily lecture and lab based as the entire first year was, the Hubby's school moves into problem-based learning (PBL) for their second year.
The thought process behind PBL is that students learn best when solving a problem. Basically, the Hubby's class is divided into small groups and are given a one or two cases per month describing a patient with an illness. Together, the group discusses the patient's condition. After spending some time independently studying the topic (in some serious depth), the group reconvenes and determines what is causing the patient's symptoms and how treatment should progress.
Additionally, while MS1 had classes (Pharmacology, Microbology, Pathology, every other -ology you can name), MS2 has PBL domains (Infectious Disease, Musculoskeletal, Disorders of Thought/Emotion/Behavior, Pulmonary, etc). Fall semester of MS1 had 21 exams, while fall semester of MS2 only has eight. Last year had a lot of hand-holding, structure and guidance, while this year is much, much more independent.
As the Hubby explained the difference between MS1 and MS2 to me: Last year was learning how the different systems in the body function. This year is learning what happens when things go wrong, how diseases and symptoms present themselves and how to treat ailments.
Sounds better than sitting in a lecture hall all day long to me...but what do I know? I'm just the wife ;)