Combining vocational and research training

Aust Fam Physician. 2008 Jun;37(6):486-8.


Background: The gap between research and clinical practice can be bridged by strengthening the position of the clinician-researcher with appropriate research training and protected time for research.

Methods: A Dutch program combines vocational training in family medicine with research training. This article describes the scientific output of registrars following this combined program.

Results: Forty family physician registrars who undertook the combined program from 2000-2006 produced 138 publications in both international and national journals. Most of these registrars participated in scientific committees and expert groups in the field of family medicine.

Discussion: Combining vocational training with research training in general practice has proven to be feasible and has resulted in considerable scientific output and professional participation.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / education*
  • Biomedical Research / statistics & numerical data
  • Certification / statistics & numerical data
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Medicine / statistics & numerical data
  • Netherlands
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Specialization