PhD Utrecht University: Medical Education
In December 2015 I moved from the Netherlands to the USA to work as assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - in Faculty Affairs and Development (FAD) (20%) and in the Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD) (80%). In FAD I am the director of the Clinician Educator Mentoring Program and together with the FAD group, I help organize mentoring programs for clinical educators and tenured faculty to advance their careers.
In OMERAD I am involved in faculty development regarding observation, assessment, feedback and workplace-based learning. I collaborate with and mentor faculty who are involved in medical education research. Further, I am involved in developing intersessions around feedback and teaching. Ten percent of my time I am a consultant in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
My passion is feedback research. This is reflected in my PhD thesis Feedback in the Clinical Setting (2015). What makes feedback effective? What is the role between a learner’s perception and his or her behavior? How does stress impact feedback reception? I like to collaborate with students and faculty on research projects. It is fulfilling to teach them fundamental research skills, help them discover how research can be ‘fun’, and also further explore questions about feedback, the feedback process and the effect of feedback.
We received a grant from the AAMC to work on a task-analysis of giving feedback in a clinical setting. Currently, we are working on scoping reviews on stress in the Department of Emergency Medicine and strategies to retain medical faculty in academia.
Areas of Interest
It is rewarding for me to be able to serve as a mentor for several faculty in my institution. As part of a team I organize the Young Medical Educators Group meetings at the AMEE conference and I serve on the panel of reviewers for MedEdPublish.