At this time, when I finally started writing up my current activities for the website, I am in the process of wrapping up my PhD thesis. The topic of my thesis is the work engagement for teaching (both classroom and clinical teaching), within medical education. More specifically, my aim is to understand how work engagement can be strengthened or maintained when teaching is combined with duties in patient care and research. Informally, teaching duties have been described as ‘corvée’; several international publications have highlighted the gap between recognition for teaching and the status of patient care and research. In my research, I found several positive leads for promoting work engagement. Medical educators find support across departmental boundaries and all sorts of peers while teachers regularly take matters into their own hands and continue to develop themselves as teacher. This is reflected by what I hear from the residents we train to supervise interns: “I want to learn how to truly be a better clinical teacher to interns”. The challenge for all those involved remains to find a balance between patient care, science and teaching that is tailored to individual needs and preference.
I received my MD-degree in May 2012 and two weeks later started working on my PhD thesis. Both during my time in medical school as well as during the PhD, I participated in several extra-curricular activities. I was an active member of our student association, student council and worked in home care. During my PhD I tried to developed myself both as a researcher and reap the rewards of working at the educational department. I obtained our university’s Teaching Qualifications, trained residents in their role as supervisor of interns, participated in the project that moved the progress test for radiologists-in-training from paper to the computer screen and was a member of the education committee of our Graduate school. As such, I tried to develop myself in all fields of the classic triad of being a medical doctor: patient care, research and education. Per September 2016 I’ll start working on the Internal Medicine wards again.
J.W. (Joost) van den Berg
Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)
Meibergdreef 15, J1A-138
1105 AZ, Amsterdam
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