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The 7th International Conference on
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Dentistry

7th International Conference on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Dentistry, Elements of a Successful Program

Elements of a Successful Program

September 21, 2011: Introduction to PBL and Tutor Training
September 22-24, 2011: Main Conference
Nita Lake Lodge
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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The University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Dentistry is honoured to host the 2011 Biennial Conference on Problem-Based Learning in Dentistry: Elements of a Successful Program, in the beautiful resort community of Whistler BC, a scenic 2 hour drive from Vancouver. Join with colleagues from around the world as we take over the luxurious Nita Lake Lodge (www.nitalakelodge.com) from September 21 (pre-conference) to September 24, 2011 to disseminate, discuss and debate the elements of small-group, student-centered learning. We wish to explore aspects of successful programs such as:

  • Highlighting research-based evidence and best practices for the application of PBL in the dental school environment
  • Improving the admissions process for PBL programs
  • Expanding our knowledge of the limits of self-assessment in the health professions
  • Understanding the importance of developing effective communication skills as part of our professional education programs
  • Appreciating the value of learner error in deepening learning
  • Learning from the successes and challenges of sister PBL-based dental programs
  • Identifying the costs involved in choosing or refusing PBL in dental education

We look forward to welcoming your participation in meaningful dialogue with colleagues new and lasting.

Registration Information

Registration limited to 100 spots ONLY. All breakout sessions have a maximum of 25 people so please register ASAP to guarantee your spot.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011: $280CAD
Full Thursday - Saturday program: $730CAD
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 ONLY: $325.00
Friday, September 23, 2011 ONLY: $325.00
Saturday, September 24, 2011 ONLY: $150.00

Full registration includes:

  • Participation in all sessions
  • A set of offi cial publications
  • Certifi cate of attendance
  • Exhibition and poster viewing
  • Coffee breaks and lunches (Thursday and Friday) during the Conference
  • Thursday wine & cheese reception (one drink ticket provided)
  • Friday dinner, including dessert and coffee (one drink ticket provided)


Secure, fast online registration is available for Visa and Mastercard holders. To register, CLICK HERE

By Fax:
Fax completed registration form (last page of the conference brochure) to: +1-604-822-4835

Charge-by-phone: (please have Visa or Mastercard ready)
Toll free within North America: 1-877-328-7744;
Other callers: +1-604-827-3112

Send the registration form with cheque to:

Interprofessional Continuing Education, The University of British Columbia
Room 105-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T1Z3, Canada


A block of rooms has been booked at the Nita Lake Lodge (www.nitalakelodge.com) under "PBL 2011" at these special rates:

  • Studio $139.00 CAD
  • 1 Bedroom $149.00 CAD
  • 2 Bedroom $179.00 CAD

For cost savings, we strongly encourage you to share a 2 Bedroom Suite with a colleague. Reservations can be made by calling toll free: +1 (888) 755-6482 or local: +1 (604) 966-5700. Please specify that you are booking under the PBL 2011 conference room block to receive the reduced rates. The rooms will be held based on availability until September 14, 2011, so reserve today to avoid disappointment!

Travel Information

Whistler, BC, is located 2 hours north of Vancouver. The closest airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR). From there, a direct shuttle bus and rental cars are available for the trip up to Whistler. Pacific Coach Line conveniently offers the YVR/Whistler SkyLynx service which would take you directly from YVR to the conference hotel, Nita Lake Lodge, or most other hotels in Whistler. There are several scheduled departures throughout the day. Please see below for details.

Pacific Coach Lines
Toll-Free: +1 (800) 661-1725
Local: +1 (604) 662-7575

Departure Times from YVR


Departure Times from Whistler


Ticket counters are available in both domestic and international terminals for purchase upon arrival. Alternately, to ensure availability, online bookings can be made in advance through the company website www.pacificcoach.com.

Rocky Mountaineer
Toll-Free: +1 (877) 460-3200
Local: +1 (604) 606-7245

Alternately, Rocky Mountaineer offers a breathtaking experience aboard the Whistler Sea To Sky Climb, a 3.5 hour train trip from Vancouver to Whistler. The route starts from the coastal city of Vancouver, through scenic Howe Sound and the spectacular Cheakamus Canyon, across a trestle bridge, past the jagged snow-capped peaks of the Tantalus Mountains and by an old extinct volcano, before finally arriving in the mountain landscape of world-renowned Whistler Village. *Please note that the 2011 schedule has not been confirmed yet, but except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the train departs daily in the morning from Vancouver and in the afternoon from Whistler. For more information, updates, and reservations please contact Rocky Mountaineer directly.

Tourism Information

Whistler offers an abundance of activities from exciting outdoor hikes to luxurious indoor pampering spas. The pedestrian-only Whistler Village offers a charming environment for visitors to enjoy local shopping and cuisine. Please visit the Tourism Whistler website below for more detailed information.

Tourism Whistler
+1 (604) 932-0606

Tourism Vancouver
+1 (604) 683-2000

For any additional information, please contact Jo Nam, Senior Program Assistant by e-mail* or by phone +1-604-822-2801.

* Please indicate the name of the conference in the subject of your email.

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