Excellence in PhD dissertations in health professions education: Toward standards and expectations

Olle ten Cate, Anselm Derese, Steven Durning, P O'Sullivan

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    Abstract

    The authors of this perspective contribution have served two terms (2014 and 2016) in the Jury of the biennial Best PhD Dissertation Award committee of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education. During this period, the committee reviewed 32 dissertations. Based on discussions among the jury regarding elements of an award winning dissertation and existing literature, we propose seven criteria to evaluate PhD dissertations: size, breadth of research skills exhibited, coherence of studies, relevance to field, validity, style, communicative power and ethics, and impact of the work. We anticipate these may not only assist similar committees but also provide criteria of excellence for future doctoral work in health professions education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)926-930
    Number of pages8
    JournalMedical Teacher
    Volume39
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2017

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