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 ordinary 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, which is very instructive. The scientific training in clinical pharmacology is usually completed with a PhD thesis.
Clinical research practice / Student Internships
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. Education really has a high priority at CHDR.
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.
The TRC is a curriculum-wide E-learning program which helps the student understand pharmacological mechanisms of action. Each mechanism is displayed by a graphic using unique TRC symbols, which contribute to a better understanding. This is accompanied by explanatory text with examples and links to drug formularies and other drug mechanisms. The mechanisms are presented in the context of (patho)physiological processes. The student can assess his knowledge by answering the short questions and learn from the feedback. Besides the drug mechanisms, the TRC also explains basic pharmacodynamic and -kinetic topics. For the application of the pharmacological knowledge, the students can practice writing therapeutic plans according the 6STEP methodology. About 40 cases are available with different stages of complexity; from beginners towards advanced cases. The TRC has various user-friendly functionalities such as personalisation (each user has its own TRC page), search function, and 6STEP portfolio.
The back-end of the TRC database registers all user statistics. This helps teachers keeping track of their students' progress and also improving their skills in teaching pharmacology and pharmacotherapy.
A TRC app is available for download in the App-store and for Android. This new app combines all E-learning based features with the newest teaching technology. The convenient usage of the TRC app is a further step in the development of high-end teaching material.