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PhD fellowship: Interprofessional learning and medical education: a mixed methods or qualitative research study 948484

A funded 3-year PhD fellowship is available on “medical education” and “simulation training” focusing on the development of young doctors’ interprofessional learning in relation to patient-centeredness. The clinical field can be geriatric or emergency medicine.

Supervisors will be: Associate Professor Peter Musaeus, Centre for Health Sciences Education, Aarhus University, Denmark (main supervisor).
Clinical Associate Professor Charlotte Paltved, Medical Director at Corporate HR MidtSim, the Central Region of Denmark (co-supervisor).

Project summary
Hospital organizations and teams such as in the field of Emergency Departments are increasingly facing an unprecedented influx of frail patients. Furthermore, health care is burned with the costs associated with chronic diseases.
The aim of the project is to provide substantial and novel insight into how to assess the training needs for effective interprofessional teamwork in emergency medicine regarding older patients.

We are looking for a suitable PhD-candidate who can design and conduct a case study with in emergency medical team communication and patient-centeredness in conjunction with an assessment of residents’ training needs. Qualitative or mixed-methods research techniques should be applied such as interviews, observations, survey, or visualization methodologies (diagramming etc.). At the final stage, the project will include a (limited in scale) intervention study aimed at producing fundamental and novel insights into how residents should cooperate and communicate with older patients in interprofessional teams to improve patient-centered care and shared decision-making. The intervention study could draw from an ethnographic study of emergency practice and testing hypotheses in the simulation center MidtSim.

The PhD program includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific articles and the PhD thesis, teaching and disseminating your research, active participation in scientific meetings etc. Further details on the PhD program can be found here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/phdstudystructure/.

The Central Region of Denmark provides funding for this 3-year PhD.

Key words
Medical education, simulation-based training, team communication, patient-centeredness, shared decision making, emergency medicine, qualitative needs assessment.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
• A relevant MSc or MA degree in the fields of Social or Organizational Science (Psychology, Management, Sociology, Communication, Political Science, Anthropology etc.), or Medicine.
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Danish.
• Excellent communication skills in English and Danish including documented writing skills, and if possible published work.
• Experience with qualitative research methodologies and preferably writing an empirical masters’ thesis or other empirical work.
• Fine grades at master’s level.
• Rich in initiative and a strong motivation for research.
• Well-developed team collaborative skills.

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, a motivation letter (cover letter), list of publications, diploma and transcripts of records (grades etc.), and at least one letter of support/1-3 professional referees. 

Applications should be mailed to Peter Musaeus at peter@cesu.au.dk, no later than 15th of December 2017. Interviews will be held at Koncern HR, MidtSim, INCUBA, Skejby in the afternoon on the 19th of December 2017.

Please note that the selected candidate will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at the AU Graduate School of Health http://phd.health.au.dk/application/ in a separate procedure before starting as a PhD student. For the chosen applicant, application deadline for enrollment is 15th of February 2018. Expected starting date will be May or June 2018.

Further information regarding the fellowship can be obtained by contacting main supervisor, associate professor, Peter Musaeus, PhD at peter@cesu.au.dk.


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