Professor Pim Teunissen is the Scientific Director and Research Director of the Graduate School of Health Professions Education.

SHE Graduate School

The School of Health Professions Education (SHE), part of Maastricht University, is a graduate school for education, research and innovation in health professions education. Since its inception, the vision and mission of SHE has been clear, and consistently focused on a global impact on healthcare through investment in research of healthcare education and the translation of research insights to education.

SHE’s ambitions are captured in our vision:

Excellent healthcare requires evidence-informed models for the education of future and current healthcare professionals. Through research, education, and innovation SHE works towards a world in which all healthcare professionals are well educated and in the best position to contribute to high quality care.

Our mission is as follows:

SHE aims to be a leading hub for research and innovation of Health Professions Education (HPE) worldwide. SHE connects HPE research to educational activities, consultancy, innovation and impactful global projects.

SHE really makes an impact. Through a combination of research, education and international collaboration activities, we contribute to preparing (future) healthcare professionals for the challenges ahead. Through high-quality interdisciplinary research, we generate knowledge and insights that inform health professions education and practice change.We achieve that by connecting the improvement of our current practice with the education for and in that practice of our future healthcare workforce. SHE provides high quality multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at the improvement of health professions education and SHE helps to innovate education programmes.

SHE is active in three core activity domains:

  • SHE Research. SHE conducts high-quality interdisciplinary research in health professions education with societal relevance and collaborates closely with partners on (Eu)-regional, national and international levels. With a world-renowned graduate program, SHE supports the developments of scholars in health professions education and helps to generate new knowledge. Insights gained from the SHE Research activities provides input for SHE Educates and Collaborates activities.
  • SHE Educates. SHE offers a wide range of courses in health professions education, from short courses, certificate courses to degree programmes such as a Master of Science and PhD programme. SHE Educates translates lessons from research and SHE Collaborates into its range of educational activities, which subsequently informs our research programme.
  • SHE Collaborates. SHE’s office for international collaboration in health professions education, offers a tailored approach to innovative training and consulting in the areas of education, management and research around the globe. These activities build on SHE Research and Educates activities and informs future developments in those core activities.

Through the combined activities of SHE Research, SHE Educates and SHE Collaborates, SHE works towards a world in which all healthcare professionals are well educated and in the best position to contribute to high quality care.

What SHE has to offer

Maastricht University has 45 years of experience implementing PBL and student-centered learning in medicine and the health sciences. The reputation and expertise SHE has in health professions education and educational innovation, as well as a strong belief in lifelong learning, guarantees a broad range of quality, student-centered programmes to become part of.

For Whom?

SHE Education

For teachers, educators, mentors, lecturers, managers, curriculum developers, decision-makers, educational leaders and all other interested in studying or doing research at our renowned graduate school for education, training and research in health professions education. Engagement in training the future generation of health professionals is performed in many fields and executed by clinicians, nurses, health scientists, physiotherapists, dentists, pharmacists, dieticians, veterinarians and speech therapists. Our courses are designed to innovate health professions education in various educational and training fields of health professions.

SHE is distinctive in its state of the art research and its research informed education offer reflected by the inter-professional and International mix of participants in our courses. For junior health professionals: the best way to prepare for a combined career of clinical work and education. For those with some teaching experience: the way to prepare for a management position in health professions education. Moreover, for experienced health professions educators: the opportunity to have more impact on educational practice with a background in theory and research and a large, international network in health professions education and research.

SHE Research

SHE stands for excellent and innovative research and offers a stimulating environment to perform to the best of your abilities. Excellent researchers will guide and supervise you. The PhD research programme requires expertise in the area of medical education or health professions education and a theoretical basis comparable with a Master in Health Professions Education. In the SHE PhD programme participants perform educational research (typically a series of empirical studies) in their own work setting, resulting in a PhD thesis and a PhD degree. 

SHE Collaborates

Povides quality and excellence in tailor-made services in consultancy and innovations. SHE Collaborates aims to maintain long-term collaborations with institutes for medical or health sciences in countries all over the world. SHE Collaborates cooperates on request with higher education institutes, governments, organisations and individuals worldwide. Are you looking for experts in facilitating innovation in higher education? Are you a manager who needs coaching and support through a process of change in your higher education institute? Are you a doctor, paramedic or a teacher and are you keen to access a worldwide network of educational expertise? SHE Collaborates could be the right partner for you.

 Training for health professions educationalists SHE, Maastricht University

 SHE offers courses and degree programmes for clinicians, educators, nurses, health scientists, physiotherapists, dentistry, pharmacists, mentors, lecturers, managers, dieticians, veterinarians and speech therapists.