For the very first time, this year’s Erasmus Summer Programme was hosted in the brand new Education Center of the Erasmus Medical Center. Here, more than 500 participants were welcomed from nearly 50 countries around the world. Participants represented all fields of expertise in health sciences. Each and every one of them with the strong desire to advance their knowledge with the pioneering expertise the Erasmus Summer Programme provides. Set at the highest standards, this programme successfully met the great expectations of all participants.
“Throughout the three-week programme, I have had valuable experiences and developed essential knowledge enhancing my profession in research methodology and data analysis. I have certainly gained the right concepts and new perspectives in doing research that will assist me immensely in my current and future research projects. Hence, I strongly recommend this program to young researchers since this program can offer you the best you’ve ever wanted.”
Pannipa Suwannasom, clinician in the area of cardiology from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“It is exciting to see so many young and talented health professionals embarking on an international career as a researcher, executive or advisor in the health sciences. Health matters, for patients, people and populations. We are proud to help these talents realize their high ambitions”
Professor Albert Hofman, Scientific Director of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences
You are in the Picture!
We are pleased to announce that Erasmus Summer Programme 2014 will take place from August 11 through 29, 2014. We hope to see you there!
Course information will be announced soon.
The start of the 23rd edition of the esteemed Erasmus Summer Programme is just around the corner. An intense three-week programme where students and academic health professionals from all over the world come together to engage in this career-advancing event.
The Erasmus Summer Programme 2013 commences on the 12th of August providing the invaluable opportunity to take part in the programme’s courses, lectures and master classes in cutting-edge biomedical topics. Each course is specially designed to satisfy the needs of students and health professionals with a specific interest – such as clinical medicine, general practice, public health, epidemiology, genetics and biostatistics.
All in all, definitely not an experience to be missed! If you haven’t already, sign up now!
Wageningen University graduate Josine Kuiper holds a master’s degree in Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology. She is a researcher at the PHARMO Institute for Drug Outcomes Research, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
“We perform research on patient-centric data to improve the use, quality and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceuticals ” says Josine. ”My director gave me the opportunity to take the NIHES Pharmaco-epidemiology course, which was also recommended by other colleagues. So that’s why I came here. I also took the Practice of Epidemiologic Data Analysis course this week so as to make the most of my time. I like to keep up with the current knowledge. It’s so refreshing to learn from people who know the tricks of the trade. And they are so good at sharing their practical experience. Yes I guess I’ve already become a lifelong learner!”
Sixth year medical student Yuchen Wang is one of the group of nine talented students from prestigious Peking University Medical College who participated in this year’s summer programme.
“Our college traditionally has strong ties with North America, and we are the first group ever to come to Europe. We followed many courses for two weeks, like epidemiology, and spent the third week in a clinical orientation programme in Erasmus MC. The courses are research-oriented, we noted, but really valuable for our future careers. We’ve had clinical orientation in our own hospital for 18 months already, so it’s refreshing to look around here. I was in several departments in Erasmus, but I’d like to single out the Virology department. It’s very, very strong compared to all other hospitals, terrific. But let’s not forget surgery, microbiology, and infectious diseases, for example. They all have their different strengths and styles.”
German-born Ursula Rochau trained as a medical doctor, won a scholarship at Tuft University, Boston, USA; and there turned to medical decision-making. Dr. Rochau is now a postdoc at UMIT, the health & life sciences university, Hall in Tyrol, Austria and Oncotyrol – Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine.
“My interest is in decision-analytic modeling in cancer with a focus on chronic myeloid leukemia and here in Rotterdam I’m taking the survival course this week. The participants are from different fields, so we get interesting discussions. What I especially like, apart from the great teachers, is the combination of lectures in the morning and practical computer work in the afternoons. I’m sure it will help me analyze the data of our own projects.
“I also coordinate the winter school programme at UMIT, led by professors Siebert and Hofman ,” says Dr. Rochau. “We will go on developing courses for our own students within the framework of our continuous education programmes.”
Dr. Grace Kiringa from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) holds a medical degree as well as a master’s degree in clinical trials research. Dr. Kiringa is the study coordinator and co-investigator of TB-vaccine trials.
“We collaborate with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TB is a great health problem in parts of Kenya, also because the high prevalence of HIV. We would like to find out if the new TB-vaccine is more effective at preventing TB.” Dr. Kiringa took ESP epidemiology courses last year and liked it so much that she came back.
“There are many things I like about the Erasmus Summer Programme,” she says, “but the strongest point is the high quality of the faculty. The lecturers and professors are very experienced, and they know how to communicate. This year I focus more on statistics; what I learn here will help me in analyzing data and writing articles, and I will share the knowledge with my colleagues.”
Former linguist-journalist-diplomat Mr. Jikuan Sun is Director of the Office of International Cooperation, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). Together with Dr. Yang Ping, officer in charge of the medical education program at PUMC, he arranged for some ten excellent medical students from PUMC to take ESP courses this year.
“We were much helped by the Dutch embassy, for that matter’, he says. “You see, as our country’s most prestigious medical college, we are dedicated to set a beachhead in Europe. We would like to broaden the clinical view of our students. In fact they will take clinical rotations in Erasmus MC in the third week. So far we’ve established international contacts mainly in the USA, with Johns Hopkins and Harvard for example. This is not surprising as PUMC in the early 20th century was founded with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation. But now we’re turning to Europe to get a new perspective. The genesis of our partnership with NIHES lies in a joint symposium organized in 2010. And we would like it to continue, even though we intend to spread our wings further into Europe.”
ERAWEB-participant Nadja Bascausevic is taking ESP courses before embarking on a four-month research project at the Erasmus MC department of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Nadja is a final-year medical student at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
“I like the atmosphere here, “she says, “The organization is perfect, you get excellent information, quick feedback, and all the other students are very helpful in practical matters. In particular I like the interactivity of the lectures. And last but not least, all teachers are very expert and know how to present the material. I take two courses each week; this week Public Health Research as well as Markers and Prognostic Research. I just heard about the existence of the Erasmus Winter programme; that’s something to keep in mind.”