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I graduated as a medical doctor almost 30 years back and for the first approximately 15 years of my career I focused on clinical work and became a fully specialized obstetrician gynecologist. I have for years had an interest in medical education and initiated projects and research in multi-disciplinary simulation-based medical education and team training in obstetrics and anesthesia, and in laparoscopic virtual reality simulation and simulation-based ultrasound training.
I saw a need in my organization for a more professional approach in the medical educational research we were conducting. I decided to apply for the advanced course writing a PhD research proposal in Maastricht. I was personally motivated to get a better cohesion in my publications and in my future research to be able to write it together to make a doctoral dissertation. I was also motivated to make publications and a dissertation that could influence the practical educational work in hospital departments and to work with medical education research in a way that could contribute to raise the reputation of education research in my own department, hospital and university. I imagined that international cooperation with an Institution like SHE Maastricht could contribute to that.
My most important recommendations to future PhD students is to be aware of the importance of having a good project that is anchored in the own institution and with good local management support. Further I found it is of importance to have a research group in your own organization and also to receive some supervision locally. Initially I found it difficult to integrate my local project and research work with the Maastricht “thinking” and supervision. But I manage to get this integration, which it is my impression gave significant input to my project, publications and the dissertation for all involved both in my own organization and in Maastricht.
Jette Led Sørensen, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist. Head of Education.
Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen. Juliane Marie Centre for Children, Women and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark