Obtaining your PhD is a track is a challenging task and most PhD students will recognize issues like:
- Being stuck in a PhD track;
- communication problems with supervisor(s);
- not being able to oversee all tasks at hand and how to prioritize them
- finding it difficult to find a balance between research and patient care
- having doubts about the career path that is being followed
- issues with partnering institutions
- lack of motivation
If you are also experiencing these or other issues it is advisable to discuss them with an independent outsider (who knows the scientific world from inside). A coach helps you to clear your mind, gives valuable insights in the nature of the issues your dealing with and helps you to take the necessary steps to smoothen your PhD.
Each scientist deals with dilemmas in the field of research integrity. About the extremes of the spectrum is little discussion. It is clear for everyone that falsifying and fabricating data, and also committing plagiarism, are very serious errors. This is scientific misconduct. However, it is less clear for a wide range of questionable research practices. These often involve violations of the methodological basic principles.
All scientists will recognize the pressure to publish and to gain grants. The emptation might come along to cut a few corners, or worse. Resisting that temptation is not always easy. There are also many dilemmas for which the answer is not easy to give and can raise doubts about how to behave in specific situations.
We will discuss these issues in our blended course. The course is mandatory for all PhD students of the VU University Medical center.
The course consists of:
As a PhD candidate at the beginning of your research, you will have to become familiar with your area of research in a short time, and learn how to determine the path you will follow. In this training, you will learn to set your own goals, to develop a strategy for realizing them and to communicate about them with others. The training covers the following: