Unlocking learning potential: learning to collaborate across medical specialties and learning from a selection assessment in residency training.

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 2:30 pm
PhD candidate
L. Teheux drs.
prof. dr. A.A.E.M. van der Velden, prof. dr. M.A.A.P. Willemsen
dr. W. Kuijer-Siebelink, dr. E.H.A.J. Coolen

Health professions education needs to continuously adapt to changes in healthcare to optimally prepare physicians for future patient care. The increasing complexity of healthcare requires effective collaboration across medical specialties. This research on learning across specialty boundaries demonstrated that daily patient care offers numerous learning opportunities, yet these remain underutilized due to a complex interplay of factors related to the learner, interpersonal relationships, and the training environment. This work provides leads to enhance both learner agency and the organization of the workplace, to better support learning for collaboration. Physicians need to continuously reflect and invest in their professional development for high-quality patient care. We investigated how selection assessments can be utilized to promote physicians’ professional development. This research revealed that the learning potential remained overshadowed by a focus on selection. However, increased emphasis on learning, such as through professional coaching, helps to better harness the learning potential.

Lara Teheux obtained her medical degree from Radboud University in 2018, after which she worked as a resident in pediatrics at Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis. In 2019 she began her doctoral research in postgraduate medical training at the Radboudumc Amalia Children’s Hospital, alongside a part-time position as clinical educator. In July 2024 she will start pediatric residency training.