Scientific Research

At the AMC, my main area of focus was teaching. As an Assistant Professor, I was also responsible for supervising scientific research. Because of my background in cultural psychology and the type of issues encountered in medical ethics, I focused primarily on qualitative research. Qualitative researchers are very much in the minority at the AMC. We therefore developed a network in which we made use of each other's expertise. Through this network, which I coordinated for a long period, we developed guidelines for the researchers themselves and for their supervisors and assessors. Our focus on qualitative research in healthcare marked us out as true pioneers. The fact that this happened at that bastion of quantitative research, the AMC, only added to the legitimacy of our work, further testified by the enormous interest in our first major national symposium.

Supervision

As one of the very few experts in qualitative research at the AMC, I was regularly asked to supervise researchers from other departments. This formed the basis for many productive alliances and collaborations. Based on the methodologies I was able to contribute, I collaborated with a wide variety of different disciplines, from Psychiatry to Pediatrics and from Occupational Health to Quality and Process Innovation. Sometimes I was able to make use of my own specific background, for example in the fields of Genetic screening (2012, 2013), Gynecology/Obstetrics (2011, 2012) or Medical Communication (2012a, 2012b). At other times, the alliance focused purely on knowledge of the methodology (2013). Because of the intensive nature of the supervision and support provided and the constantly new intellectual challenges, I found all of the projects equally interesting.

Research Ethics Committee

In my work as acting member of the AMCs Research Ethics Committee, I was also able to assess the phenomenon of scientific research from a more reflective perspective. During my three years on the committee, I was involved in the assessment of a great number of scientific studies. This is about striking a balance between the importance of the research for society and the pressure it can place on the patients involved in the research. My METC work gained even greater depth through my supervision of a PhD student who conducted qualitative research into proceedings in these types of committees.