Towards Integrated Medical Education: Getting the best out of interdisciplinary teacher teams and leaders

Presented by Stephanie Meeuwissen, MD, PhD and Mirjam Oude Egbrink, PhD, MHPE on March 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm

In this session, original research will be presented on interdisciplinary teacher teams working on integrated medical education. These teams are composed of a combination of physicians and basic and social scientists. A general background will be provided on how integrated education is organized at Maastricht University, and why we need to work with teacher teams that have to collaborate in spite of the diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We will then present the studies that were conducted in this context, aiming to understand the way interdisciplinary teacher teams function in our context and how this is related to the perceived quality of education. Based on our results, we will present a model of interdisciplinary teacher team functioning as well as stimulating and inhibiting factors at different levels. Finally, we will present how findings from our studies were implemented in a faculty development workshop on leader identity development for interdisciplinary teacher team leaders.

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Stephanie Meeuwissen, MD, PhD, is currently working as resident Internal Medicine at the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), the Netherlands. She is passionate about workplace learning of health professionals, especially regarding coaching, teamwork and leadership skills. She recently obtained her PhD after defending her thesis on ‘Team learning at work: getting the best out of interdisciplinary teacher teams and leaders’. In her research, she takes a multidisciplinary approach, using knowledge from management sciences, educational sciences and health care, and conducts mainly qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups, observations, document analysis, ethnography). She co-developed a leadership profile in the Master of Health Professions Education curriculum renewal at Maastricht University, and a leadership development programme for course coordinators at the same university.


Mirjam oude Egbrink, PhD MHPE, studied Biology at the University of Groningen and completed the master of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. She received her PhD in cardiovascular research from Maastricht University. Throughout her career, Mirjam oude Egbrink contributed significantly to the development and coordination of (new) educational units for the medical curriculum, and to the development of a new Physician-Clinical Investigator research master. In the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, she was appointed Director of Education for Medicine in 2008, Scientific Director of the Institute for Education in 2011, and Vice Dean Education in 2020. In 2012, she became full professor on Implementation of Educational Innovations. In the Research School for Health Professions Education (SHE), she is involved in research on education, with a special interest in organizational quality culture and management.