Roger Damoiseaux appointed professor of General Practice
02 January 2014
Roger Damoiseaux, MD, PhD, is appointed professor of General Practice by the Executive Board of the Utrecht University on January 1, 2014. His main task is "education and evidence-based medicine in general practice”.
Roger Damoiseaux studied medicine in Nijmegen, worked for several years in the tropics and then specialized to general practice. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Utrecht with the thesis “Acute otitis media in infancy in general practice , a therapeutic and prognostic study” (supervisor: Ruut de Melker), and subsequently established himself as a general practitioner in Hattem. From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the editorial board of the Dutch magazine for general practitioners and science, and is section editor of the Dutch Journal of Medicine. Since 2012 he was involved in the drafting of several guidelines for general practitioners as well as multidisciplinary guidelines. From 2011 he has worked at the postgraduate GP training and from 2013 as director. In his new position he is responsible for teaching general practice and will also continue his research in the area of upper respiratory tract infections in children (within the UMC Utrecht spearhead program Child Health).
Focus on academic training
Academic training of the general practitioners is one of his priorities. Academic is more than the teaching of evidence-based medicine (EBM). It also relates to teacher professionalization and integration of research, clinical care and education in general education. Together with the expertise of the Department of General Practice and the University Medical Center Utrecht Julius Center this has great chances.
Cooperation with other programs UMC Utrecht
Another priority is the development of cross-discipline education. This will require the cooperation with the other specialist trainings within the UMC Utrecht. This education is the germ of cooperation which can be established between GPs and specialists. Such cooperation is increasingly important in the later career of the aios (doctors in specialist training).
Solid place in basic curriculum
Within the education continuum he will also ensure that education in general practice has a strong foundation in the core curriculum. With the development of longitudinal integrated clerkships in the new curriculum this can be a great opportunity.
Research into Education
In addition to clinical research in the area of the upper respiratory tract infections in children, he is also involved in research in education. Currently there is an investigation into the selection for GP training. Other topics include integration of EBM in teaching general practice, the development and evaluation of cross-discipline education and the development and evaluation of longitudinal integrated clerkships.