PhD position Doelmatigheid in de medische vervolgopleiding

Jul 22, 2016
Oct 24, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

We are looking for a PhD-candidate for the project ‘Towards high-value, cost-conscious health care: Training tomorrow’s physicians to reflect on their decision-making’.

Job Specifications - (uitleg)

Solliciteer binnen 30 dagen op deze vacature

Job Description

There is a strong need for more research on promoting reflection on the provision of high-value, cost-conscious care. It is yet unknown at which moments medical doctors and residents consider the cost-value balance during their medical decision-making at the workplace. Additionally, it is to be investigated whether medical doctors and residents consider comparable options for improving sustainability of care, or whether residents can shed fresh light on this issue and recognise other opportunities for improvement in medical processes and decision-making than their supervisors. Therefore, this project also investigates residents’ and senior doctors’ reflections on providing high-value, cost-conscious care during their work, by use of an innovative reflection-app, which has shown to be successful in registering workplace-based experiences.

Additionally, this project will enhance understanding of how educational interventions impact residents’ attitudes and skills to deliver high-value, cost-conscious care. Both residents and doctors will be asked about their suggestions on how to give sustainability a more prominent place in residents’ development and their training program. Thereafter, small groups of residents and doctors will develop training initiatives by bringing together the experiences and expertise of both stakeholders, using a participatory design approach. Different training initiatives will be analysed regarding their instructional design characteristics and the effects of their implementation will be evaluated.

The results of this study will help in 1) understand how residents learn to provide high-value, cost-conscious health care, and 2) provide more insight in how workplace-based learning and training initiatives can contribute to developing the necessary skills.

The candidate is furthermore expected to follow PhD training courses.


The candidate should hold a diploma equivalent to the (Dutch) master’s of Science (MSc)-degree in a relevant field (e.g., educational science, psychology, health science, medicine) and a strong interest in education in the medical field.

The candidate is highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic about conducting research in educational settings
- has excellent knowledge of research design and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
- writes in English at a standard required for scientific publication and has a fluency in spoken Dutch and English
- is able to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and practitioners.


Temporary employment for 4 years. Your salary would be € 2.174,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.779,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. Each year an evaluation will take place.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.


Temporary, 4 years


Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,000 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Graduate School of Health Professions Education (SHE)

The Graduate School of Health Professions Education (SHE) within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University offers a PhD program where national and international PhD candidates carry out educational research in the area of medical or health sciences education. PhD candidates receive supervision from highly experienced and internationally acknowledged educational researchers associated with the SHE. The two main research themes are: learning and innovative learning arrangements and assessment and evaluation. For further information contact: press button PhD program.

Additional Information

Dr. Karen Könings, email
Prof. dr. Laurents Stassen, email

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, to be send to the e-mail