Research in education

Research in education

Together we conduct scientific research in the field – and for the purpose – of improving healthcare education. Our goal is to gain more insight in educating professionals for the health care of tomorrow. 

Key elements of our research

Gain more knowledge about how professionals learn, and how learning- and working environments can be optimised.

Connecting research and practice.

Contribute to the development of education innovations for (bio-)medical health care purposes. 

Our research is aimed towards the self learning healthcare professional in interaction with the learn- and working environment. We focus on:

  • (Adaptive) development of expertise of healthcare professionals
  • Interprofessional and patient feedback
  • Personalised learning
  • Multidisciplinary and interprofessional education
  • Entrustable professional activities
  • Inclusivity

This summary is sorted by the level of the learning to the level of the learning environment and culture

Training of PhD students uitklapper, klik om te openen

We train many PhD students, often in collaboration with other departments or research groups. Besides individual coaching, PhD students attend a course comprising intensive monthly meetings in what is called Cycle Theory and Literature of Medical Education, a three-year program comprising 27 meetings. PhD students can enroll in this course at any point in time.

In addition, a monthly ‘Research In Progress’ research meeting is organized for PhD students and other healthcare education researchers. Interested? Sign up by sending an email to Astrid Duin-Outmaijjer via

Coordination and supervision

Prof. Marieke van der Schaaf
Dr. Renske de Kleijn
Prof. Olle ten Cate

Researchers uitklapper, klik om te openen

University of California, San Francisco uitklapper, klik om te openen

Since 2010 and in collaboration with the University of California in San Francisco, 4 to 6 PhD students in the US who wish to obtain a doctorate in Utrecht are supervised under the ‘UCSF-UMC Utrecht Collaborative Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education’.

Coordination and supervision

Prof. Marieke van der Schaaf
Prof. Olle ten Cate

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