What is it about?

A teaching method to challenge students to think out-side the box and to develop critical thinking and a scientific mindset. We propose the use of imaginary problems that have no simple or standard answer, similar to what they will be exposed to when starting laboratory work e.g. PhD. The challenges are based in real science but presented in a witty and humours manner to knock the students off their "comfy chair."

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Why is it important?

We believe that biomedical students are trained in "facts" and not in how to really solve problems. They are educated in passing exams and memorising information. Little to none is later used when they are exposed to real problems in the lab. So they should be prepared to think, fail and start from scratch in a logical and progressive manner.


We hope our system is adopted by many other teaching/research colleagues. We are certain that their students will be better prepared this way for their future as scientists. We created this system more than a decade ago but decided to published just now. This was probably the most enjoyable article I have ever written as it involves humour and wit to engage the reader.

Professor Adolfo Rivero-Muller
Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie

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This page is a summary of: Preparing biomedical students for the unknown, EMBO Reports, September 2019, EMBO, DOI: 10.15252/embr.201949004.
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