Excellent Education in Clinical Pharmacology

CHDR teaches basic and clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapy to more than 2000 medical students. CHDR offers also many other educational activities, ranging from special projects for high school students over postgraduate training in clinical pharmacology up to specialized courses for clinical residents. In order to make education a success a broad variety of teaching methods are offered: E-learning, small-scale tutor groups combined with more classical ways including lectures and self-study assignments.

Clinical pharmacology as specialisation

At CHDR all researchers have the opportunity to become a board-certified clinical pharmacologist. The course in clinical pharmacology is a special training for physicians and graduates with biomedical/pharmaceutical background who want to specialize in pharmacotherapy and clinical research. It can be done in one year full-time, or spread out over several years. The curriculum includes various “hands-on” courses and practical training in conducting clinical studies in healthy volunteers and patients and learning about the science behind it. Moreover, clinical work, advising doctors about the choice, dosage, adverse effects and interactions of drugs are part of the program. Trainees join the grand rounds in the internal medicine department and discuss the pharmacotherapeutic choices afterwards, what is very instructive. The scientific training in clinical pharmacology is usually completed with a PhD thesis.

Clinical research practice / Student Internships: Education always has a high priority at CHDR

At CHDR we have more than ten student interns on an annual basis. Our student internship training program is open to students with a (bio-) medical/scientific background. The program focuses especially on the Master phase where undergraduates can learn a lot. The program combines knowledge transfer with allowing the student to learn skills and experience application of state-of-the-art methodology in human drug studies. Students learn how to set-up and conduct clinical studies, or how to analyse or model the data. There is plenty of opportunity for more basic research, trying to find and validate new biomarkers for instance. In fact, the program provides a unique opportunity to get insight in the processes of drug or method development. The training period can vary in time from 12 weeks to 9 months. Studies are always ongoing and performed under the guidance of a team of professionals.

Next to the internships we also offer a Master class in Clinical Pharmacology together with the pharmacy of the LUMC. 


Delivering innovative and high quality scientific output is part of the job at CHDR. We provide training and educational opportunities that are instrumental in advancing both science and your career.  Scientists and physicians are trained at a high level with many working towards their PhD.

Teaching Resource Centre

Healthcare professionals are increasingly confronted with diverse medicines, higher costs and a greater number of drug misadventures. We assume that with improved pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic knowledge, the quality of drug use will increase. Thus, the Teaching Resource Centre (TRC) was conceived and founded by CHDR to develop new methods for the teaching of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.