Translational Sciences in Medicine

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Doel vak

During the course, we aim to strengthen the academic background of
medical students in order to optimize their knowledge and skills
required for a position in the scientific context of modern health care.

Inhoud vak

The VUmc Minor in Medicine starts with an introductory course entitled
‘Translational Sciences in Medicine’. This general course is designed to
increase the skills of medical students required to integrate and
execute scientific research in the education as a medical doctor.
During the course, students become acquainted with distinct stakeholders
that play a central role in the scientific community. The translational
aspect of different research topics will be emphasized by the
presentation of clinical and preclinical research examples.
Additionally, students will be guided in the different steps required to
design a scientific research project, during which study design,
research ethics and statistical analysis will be highlighted.

The general course is based on three different themes that are relevant
in preclinical and clinical scientific research:

1) Essential scientific skills
During the first week, we will focus on basic skills required for
research, including critical reading of an article, the design of a
study protocol, the generation of study hypotheses and objectives using
PICO’s and basic statistical methods. The assignment of the first week
focuses on critical reading of a scientific peer-reviewed paper and how
to write an abstract.

2) Translational research & being a scientist
In the second week, students will gain insight in several aspects of
translational research, including the regulations for research using
experimental animals. Moreover, we will focus on general aspects of
scientific research, including entrepreneurship and research integrity.
The assignment of this second week focuses on a scientific PRO-CON
debate, conducted by the students.

3) Clinical research & Scientific Career Planning
The third week focuses on different aspects of performing clinical
research. Students will gain insight into the pillars of the Dutch Human
Subjects research act (Wet Medisch-Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek met
mensen; WMO), including involvement of study subjects and the risks of
studies with
pharmaceutical or technological interventions. Moreover, student gains
insights into aspects related to building a clinical and scientific
career. During the weekly assignment, students have to critically review
a clinical study from the perspective of the Human Subjects committee.


Lectures, practicals, working groups


The course will end with a general exam (CAT) consisting of open and
closed questions. The final mark is based on the final exam and the
assignments. National and international PhD students and post-
doctoral fellows will chair the study groups and coach and supervise the
medical students during the fulfillment of their assignments.


Advised reading: Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research.
Oxford University Press. 2016. ISBN 9780199608478
An overview of the study material is placed on CANVAS.


Minor students of VUmc School of Medical Sciences.

Overige informatie

Coordinatoren: Prof.dr. H.E. de Vries en Prof.dr. C. Boer

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

All students who enrolled into the International Minor in Medical Sciences are registered by the IOO for educational activities for this course and exams. Please mind that in case you won’t pass the exam you’ll not be automatically registered for a re-examination. In order to sign up for a re-sit, you’ll need to apply in time (which is two weeks before the re-examination) for the exam through the form Re-take exam Bachelor of Medicine.

Toelichting Canvas

This course is supported by a corresponding CANVAS course, which
contains all of the required information of this course including
overview of the required articles and assignments. The CANVAS course
will also be used to post announcements relevant to the course. You will
automatically have access to the CANVAS course.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

The background knowledge that is recommended depends on the learning
track that is chosen by the student.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode M_BTSM16
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode Semester 1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit VUmc
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. H.E. de Vries
Examinator prof. dr. H.E. de Vries

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