A Novel Tool for Problem-Based Learning Case Review

  • Hely Shah
  • Gonzalo A. Carrasco
  • Cheryl Melovitz-Vasan
  • Kathryn C. BehlingEmail author


The success of problem-based learning (PBL) depends on case quality and facilitator preparation. We developed a literature-based tool, the R2ICE form, to improve faculty case review. Its implementation and survey of end users showed the tool was expedient and advantageous. Literature-based tools can guide PBL construction and improve case development.


PBL active learning Case review 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The research was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Rowan University (Pro2016001262).

Informed Consent

In compliance with the IRB at Rowan University, because this study did not collect identifying information from the survey participants, an alternate consent form was used.


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© International Association of Medical Science Educators 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityCamdenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical SciencesCooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityCamdenUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineCooper University HospitalCamdenUSA

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