Teaching methods at Pleven Medical University
A variety of teaching methods are used throughout the degree programme. Alongside traditional lectures, the university has introduced practical lessons and seminars with much smaller groups of students. In addition, students are given the opportunity to sign-up to the extracurricular activities and research groups organised by the different departments. It is through these extracurricular activities and research groups that Pleven Medical University aims to fulfil its objective of encouraging student integration. The university is also able to offer a personalised assessment to each student through its small study groups and seminars.
The university has specialist lecture rooms for its practical lessons and the dissection of human bodies. Attendance is compulsory as this is an important part of the degree programme. Students are required to attend classes on a regular basis if they wish to gain top marks.
Pleven Medical University has introduced the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach to complement traditional medical training. This teaching method includes oral and written exams, multiple choice tests and practical exams, and students receive a personalised assessment for each subject.
The marking system uses a scale from 2 to 6. A student’s marks are based on tests, essays, projects, final examinations, modular exams, attendance and participation in class. The university’s teaching staff informs students of the marking policy at the beginning of every semester.
Assistant professors perform regular individual evaluations and assessments, meaning that students receive a personalised approach throughout their degree programme. Every semester ends with an examination period, which lasts for approximately 30 to 45 days. The final examination is set by the State Examination Board, which consists of a theoretical and practical exam to test students’ knowledge and skills.