Pim Teunissen, SHE Research Director

Janneke Frambach, PhD Coordinator SHE PhD programme

Research in Education

"Maastricht University belongs to the top PhD programs in the world with high internationally recognized standards".

                                                                                                Pim Teunissen, Research Director

Educational research is essential for finding new and better ways to educate doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals. The general aim of all SHE research, including the PhD programme, is to provide support for research and innovation in health professions education. 

SHE Research Programme

SHE’s research programme 2018-2023 is called Task-Centered Learning Environments in the Health Professions. The programme has four main themes: (1) goals and values of and approaches to evaluation, (2) approaches to instruction, (3) approaches to assessment, and (4) approaches to implementation. The full description of the programme can be found here.

Research on education is crucial to increase our understanding about how to optimally educate health professionals in order to prepare them for the delivery of high-quality care within the dynamic context of the healthcare setting and to support innovations in education. Current instructional design approaches emphasize the importance of using task-centered learning environments within training programs, in which learners either work on professional tasks in the clinical workplace or on learning tasks based on professional problems in the educational institute.

SHE Publications

SHE Midterm report 2018 – 2020

In October 2021, a midterm committee assessed our Graduate School of Health Professions Education (SHE). In preparation of this assessment, we have written a midterm report in which we look back at all SHE activities from 2018 until 2020 and look at where we stand now, while also looking ahead. We thank all of our staff and affiliates who have contributed and still continue to contribute to our successful activities, and we are open to your suggestions or any queries you might have about the activities of SHE.

Click here for the SHE Mid-term Evaluation report 2018-2020 

Click here for the SHE Mid-term Evaluation report Appendices

Click here for the SHE Case studies

The final SHE Mid-term Review Report

Research Programme, SHE Maastricht University

SHE Research Assessment 2012-2017

In the Dutch university system, research programs need to be accredited each six years. The SHE research program has been assessed for the period 2012-2017, together with programs in the field of educational research from the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, the University of Groningen, the University of Leiden, the Open University of the Netherlands, and the national research school ICO. Research programs were assessed on three criteria: Research quality, Societal impact and Feasibility. We are very pleased with the outcomes of the assessment of the SHE research program: Excellent for Research quality, Excellent for Societal Impact, and Very Good for its feasibility. The full assessment report can be found here.   

Other Publications

phD Programme SHE Maastricht University

PhD Dissertations/Ongoing SHE Dissertations PhD projects

SHE Dissertation Award 2019 for Adam Szulewski

In our school, we have about 12 PhD candidates each year that defend their PhD Thesis. Many of these theses are of very high scientific quality. To honor our PhD candidates and to celebrate scientific progress in health professions education it has been decided to offer an annual SHE Dissertation Award for the best PhD thesis defended in a particular year. A jury has studied all theses that were defended in 2019 and, after careful consideration, selected one thesis for the SHE Dissertation Award 2019.

The winner was announced during the online SHE ACADEMY on August 28th.We congratulate Adam Szulewski with this great achievement. The title of Adam's thesis is: "Through the eyes of the physician: Expertise development in resuscitation medicine". Adam’s thesis is about expertise development in emergency medicine. We all know that this work setting is often confronted with extreme time pressure and stress. Adam investigated how to adapt the learner’s cognitive load during simulation-based training and workplace learning. Adam was supervised by Jeroen van Merrienboer and Andreas Gegenfurtner.

The next winner of the SHE Dissertation Award 2020. will be announced at AMEE 2021

SHE Research Publications

SHE Presents

SHE Presents 31.05.2016

Adam Szulewski
Gisèle Bourgeois-Law
Sanne Rovers
Subha Ramani

SHE Presents 11.03.2016

Emmaline Brouwer
Guusje Bressers
Mirja van der Meulen
René Claassen
Joey Nicholson
Muhammed Khan
Wee Ming Lau
Maud Kramer

SHE Presents 10.03.2016

Marie-Laurence Tremblay
Sanne Schreurs
Carolin Sehlbach
Daniel Schumacher
Japke de Ru
Dasha Saveleva
Yasushi Matsuyama
Maura Polansky

SHE Presents 09.10.2015

Esther Giroldi
Valerie van den Eertwegh
Tiuri van Rossum

SHE Presents 19.08.2015

Jette Led Soerensen

SHE Presents 12.06.2015

Susan Wearne

SHE Presents 05.03.2015

Jamie Kellar
Francisco Olmos-Vega
Heshham Marei
Majed Wadi
Luis Carlos Dominguez
Koos van Geel
Tamara Gamboa Saldeco
Viktor Riklevs
Andrea Oudkerk Pool

SHE Presents 25.11.2014

Ellen Kok
Irene Slootweg

SHE Presents 03.10.2014

Laury de Jonge
Alina Smirnova
Dominique Waterval

SHE Presents 23.04.2014

Claudia Schlegel
Esther Bergman

SHE Presents 14.03.2014

Anthony Amalba
Detty Iryani
Guy Bendermacher
Jaime L. Pacifico
Ken Sheng Chew
Krishna Suvarnabhumi
Lorette Stammen
Marlies Schillings
Peter Cantillon
Raphael Bonvin
Victor Mogre
Walter Eppich

 PHD in Medical Education SHE Maastricht University