Training and Supervision

Training and Supervision Plan
Within three months after their appointment, all PhD candidates have to submit a detailed, tailor-made Training and Supervision Plan (TSP), together with their research plan and CV. The TSP covers issues like a global project plan, intended supervisors and supervision format, intended courses, attendance of conferences / seminars / journal clubs, and (where applicable) teaching of undergraduates. Also a mentor should be proposed in the TSP. The TSP should be drafted by the PhD student in collaboration with the daily supervisor(s) and (co)promotor(s).

The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences Training and Supervision Committee (TSC) reviews all TSPs and an advice is returned to the PhD candidate and promotor. The TSC may suggest adjustments and ask for a revised plan.

Annually, each PhD candidate has to submit a progress form and at the end of the project an exit form and final progress form should be submitted. After successful completion of an approved TSP, the PhD candidate will receive a Radboud Institute for Health Sciences PhD training certificate.

Courses and training
Most of the training and education takes place within the research groups where the PhD candidates plan, perform, discuss and report their research work. This training consists of direct tutoring by the research supervisors, attending journal clubs and seminars, and taking part in congresses and symposia. In addition, the PhD candidate should follow courses tailored to the specific interests and previous training, education and work experience of the PhD candidate in relation to the research project. This training is formalized in the TSP. As the TSP is fully individualized, PhD candidates may also attend courses that are offered by other organisations, and courses from the medical programme or the programme of Biomedical Sciences (BMS). A selection of available courses can be found here.

Compulsory courses
All starting PhD candidates at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences have to participate in the two-day Introduction course, which is offered three times a year, immediately following the Radboudumc International Introduction day. In the course relevant research methodologies and general skills are covered. Recently, the course has been thoroughly revised based on the feedback of participants and the Institute's PhD council.

Since 1 September 2014,  the 2-day interactive course on scientific integrity is a mandatory part of the training of 2nd year RIHS and RIMLS PhD candidates (so for those who started their PhD project after 31 August 2013) .

For all Radboudumc PhD candidates who perform research involving human subjects and/or patients the eBROK course (Basiscursus Regelgeving en Organisatie voor Klinisch onderzoekers) is mandatory.