Croiset, Gerda

Name: Gerda Croiset
Title: prof.dr. / MD PhD
Position: Full Professor of Medical Education and Director VUmc School of Medical Sciences
E-mail: g.croiset@vumc.nl

Short introduction

Gerda studied biology at Utrecht University (UU) and graduated Cum Laude in 1985. She completed her PhD in 1989 at the Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neurosciences (UU) and her MD in 1995 (at UU). In 2002 she was appointed as Associate Professor of Medical Pharmacology of the University Medical Center Utrecht, where she coordinated the development and implementation of two educational programmes: the  international research master titled 'Neuroscience and Cognition' and a 4 year joint MD-PhD degree programme, the Selective Utrecht Medical Masters (SUMMA). She was appointed in 2006 as Professor in Medical Education at Utrecht University and in addition in 2007 as the Educational Director for Health Care Sciences which included the Master of Science programmes in nursing, physical therapy and speech therapy. In 2007, Gerda was also appointed as the Chairperson of the Educational Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors at Utrecht University. In 2009 she moved to the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam as the Director of the undergraduate and graduate Medical Education Programme and the Director of VUmc School of Medical Sciences (www.med.vu.nl).

Research interests

Human motivation and faculty development, in context with selection for medical school, learning and academic performance, interprofessional education, professional behavior and so on.

PhD students

Name of PhD student                      Title of Thesis

Completed
Marjoleen Nijsen 1999                    Neuropeptides and the autonomic
                                                         stress response
Patrick Kamphuis 2001                   Lifelong effects of neonatal
                                                         glucocorticoid treatment
Rashmi Kusurkar 2012                    Motivation in medical students

Ongoing
Anita Jacobs 2015                          Conceptions of teachers on
                                                         learning
Thea van Lankveld 2017               Development of Identity of 
                                                        Teachers
Anouk Wouters 2016                     Selection and motivation of
                                                        medical students
Cora Visser 2017                            Interprofessional Education

Marianne Mak 2018                        Professional Behaviour of 
                                                         medical students


Publications

Journals on Medical Education

Journals-International

  • Veroude K, Jolles J, Kneževic M, Vos CMP, Croiset C, Krabbendam L. Anterior cingulate activation during cognitive control relates to academic performance in medical students. Trends Neurosci Educ. 2013 Sept-Dec; 2(3-4): 100-106.
  • Kusurkar, R., Kruitwagen, C., Ten Cate, Th.J., Croiset G. Effects of age, gender and educational background on strength of motivation for medical school. Advances in Health Sciences Education 2010, 15 (3), 303-313
  • Eyk, H.J. van et al, NVMO-special interest group on scientific education. Scientific output of Dutch medical students. Medical Teacher 2010; 32: 233-237
  • Kusurkar RA, Ten Cate Th.J, Asperen M van, Croiset G. Motivation as an independent and a dependent variable in medical education: A review of the literature. Medical Teacher 2011; 33:e242-e262.
  • Kusurkar, R.A., Croiset, G, Kruitwagen C.L.J.J, Ten Cate, Th.J. Validity evidence for measurement  for the strength of motivation for medical school. Advances In Health Sciences Education 2011;16:183-195.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G , Ten Cate ThJ. Twelve tips based on Self-determination theory to stimulate intrinsic motivation through autonomy-supportive classroom teaching. Medical Teacher 2011; 33:978-982.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Mann KV, Custers EJFM, Ten Cate TJ. Have Motivation Theories Guided the Development and Reform of Medical Education Curricula? A Review of the Literature. Academic Medicine 2012; 87(6):735-743.
  • Kusurkar RA., Ten Cate Th.J, Vos CMP, Westers P, Croiset G. How motivation affects academic performance: A structural equation modelling analyses. Advances in Health Sciences Education 2013; 18: 57-69.
  • Jacobs JCG, Luijk SJ van, Berkel H van, Vleuten CPM van der, Croiset G, Scheele F. Development of an instrument (the COLT) to measure conceptions of teachers, in student-centred medical education. Medical Teacher 2012; 34:e 483-491.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Ten Cate ThJ. Implications of gender differences in motivation among medical students. Medical Teacher 2013; 35(2) : 173-174.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Galindo-Garré F, Ten Cate TJ.  Motivational profiles of medical students: Association with study effort, academic performance and exhaustion. BMC Medical Education 2013; 13:87.

Journals-National

  • Croiset G. CRU '99: het proces van curriculumontwikkeling vanuit verschillende invalshoeken; de docent. Tijdschrift voor Medisch Onderwijs 2001; 20: 20-22.
  • Visser-Meily JMA, Gorter JW, Ketelaar M, Croiset G. Meer dan de patient alleen. Medisch Contact 2009; 64 (19):854-857.
  • Croiset, G. Verhouding tussen het aantal vrouwelijk en mannelijke geneeskunde studenten. Reproductieve geneeskunde, gynaecologie en obstetrie anno 2009: 865-866.
  • Mourik MSM, Kamphuis MH, Plantinga NL, Croiset G, ten Cate Th.J. Kennisniveau van studenten geneeskunde in vierjarige en zesjarige artsopleiding. Tijdschrift voor medisch onderwijs 2010; 29 (3): 191-199.
  • van Lankveld TAM, Gercama AJ, Kleinveld JH, Hesselink BAM, Croiset G. Docentprofessionalisering door docentcommunities: een toepassing bij tutoren. Tijdschrift voor Medisch Onderwijs 2011; 30 (6): 264-271.

Journals on Neuropharmacology/Neuroscience

  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, van Dijk AMA, de Rotte AA, Goedemans JHJ, Croiset G, Thody AJ. Involvement of ACTH and MSH in active and passive avoidance behavior. Brain Res. Bull. 1978; 3: 227-230.
  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, Thody AJ, Verspaget H, de Rotte AA, Goedemans JHJ, Croiset G, van Ree JM. Effects of morphine and endorphin on basal and elevated plasma levels of ?-MSH and vasopressin. Life Sci. 1979; 24: 579-586.
  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, Croiset G, Bakker E, Bouman H. Amygdaloid lesions block the effect of neuropeptides (vasopressin, ACTH 4-10) on avoidance behavior. Physiol. Behav. 1979; 22: 291-295.
  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, Croiset G, Goedemans JHJ, Dogterom J. Vasopressin levels in peripheral blood and in cerebrospinal fluid during passive and active avoidance behavior in rats. Horm. Behav. 1979; 12: 102-111.
  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, Croiset G, Schuiling G. Fornix transection: discrimination between neuropeptide effects on attention and memory. Brain Res. Bull.1979; 4: 625-629.
  • Van Wimersma Greidanus TjB, van Praag MCG, Kalmann R, Rinkel JGE, Croiset G, Hoeke EC, van Egmond MAH, Fekete HM.Behavioral effects of neurotensin. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.1982; 400: 319-329.
  • Croiset G, Heijnen CJ, Veldhuis HD, de Wied D, Ballieux RE. Modulation of the immune response by emotional stress. Life Sci. 1987; 40: 775-782.
  • Heijnen CJ, Croiset G, Zijlstra J, Ballieux RE. Modulation of lymphocyte function by endorphins. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1987; 496: 161-165.
  • Croiset G, Veldhuis HD, Ballieux RE, de Wied D, Heijnen CJ. The impact of mild emotional stress induced by the passive avoidance procedure on immune reactivity. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.1987; 496: 477-484.
  • Heijnen CJ, Zijlstra J, Kavelaars A, Croiset G, Ballieux RE. Modulation of the immune response by POMC-derived peptides. Brain, behavior, and immunity 1987; 1: 284-291.
  • Wamil A, Croiset G, Kleinrock Z, de Wied D. Beneficial effects of ACTH on pilocarpine induced seizures. Neuroendocrine Res. Comm 1989;.4 no.2: 109-116.
  • Croiset G, Ballieux RE, de Wied D, Heijnen CJ. Effects of environmental stimuli on immunoreactivity; further studies on passive avoidance behavior. Brain, behavior, and immunity 1989; 3: 138-148.
  • Kavelaars A, Berkenbosch F, Croiset G, Ballieux RE,  Heijnen CJ. Induction of ß-endorphin secretion by lymphocytes after subcutaneous administration of CRF. Endocrinology 1990; 126: 759-806.
  • Croiset G, Heijnen CJ, van der Wal WE, de Boer S, de Wied D. A role for the autonomic nervous system in modulating the immune response during mild emotional stimuli. Life Sci.1990; 46: 419-425.
  • Croiset G, Heijnen CJ, de Wied D. Passive avoidance behavior, vasopressin and the immune system. Neuroendocrinology 1991; 51: 156-161.
  • Skopkova J, Croiset G, de Wied D. Differential effects of DGAVP on acquisition and extinction in a shuttle-box avoidance task. Peptides 1991; 12(3): 471-475.
  • Diamant M, Croiset G, De Zwart N, de Wied D.Shock-prod burying test in rats: autonomic and behavioral responses. Physiol. Behav. 1991; 50: 23-31.
  • Diamant MG, Croiset G, de Wied D. The effect of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) on autonomic and behavioral responses during shock-prod burying test in rats. Peptides 1992; 13: 1149-1158.
  • Croiset G, de Wied D. Effects of ACTH on pilocarpine induced epilepsia: a structure-activity study. European Journal of Pharmacology 1992; 229: 211-215.
  • Wiegers GJ, Croiset G, Reul JMHM, Holsboer F, de Kloet ER. Coordinative mineralocorticoid-like and glucocorticoid-receptor mediated effects of corticosteroids on Concanavalin A-induced mitogenesis of rat peripheral blood lymphocytes. American Journal of Physiology 1993; E825-E830.
  • Croiset G, Raats CJ, Nijsen MJAM, Wiegant V. Differential effects of cholinergic and adrenergic agents on P-R and R-R intervals in rat ECG. Neurosci. Res. Comm. 1994; 14(2): 75-84.
  • Urban IJA, Ontskul A, Croiset G, Cheng Y, de Wied D. A long-lasting increase and decrease in synaptic excitability in the rat lateral septum are associated with high and low shuttle box performance, respectively. Behavioral Brain Res.1995; 68: 173-183.
  • Stam R, Kroese ABA, Croiset G, Wiegant VM, Akkermans LMA. Computer analysis of the migrating motility complex of the small intestine recorded in freely moving rats. J. Pharmacol. Toxicol. Meth. 1995; 33: 129-136.
  • Stam R, Croiset G, Akkermans LMA, Wiegant VM. Effects of novelty and conditioned fear on intestinal myoelectric activity and behaviour in the rat. Physiology and Behaviour 1995; 58: 803-809.
  • Stam R, Croiset G, Akkermans LMA, Wiegant VM. Sensitization of the colonic response to novel stress after previous stressful experience. American Journal of Physiology 1996; 271: R1270-R1273. 
  • Meeteren van NLU, Brakkee JH, Helders PJ, Croiset G, Gispen WH, Wiegant VM. Recovery of function after sciatic nerve crush lesion in rats selected for diverging locomotor activity in the open field. Neurosci Lett.1997; 238(3): 131-134.
  • Croiset G, De Wied D. Proconvulsive effect of vasopressin; mediation by a putative V2 receptor subtype in the central nervous system. Brain Res. 1997; 759, 18-23.
  • Stam R, Croiset G, Akkermans LMA and Wiegant VM.  Behavioral and intestinal responses to novelty in rats selected for diverging locomotor activity in the open field. Behav. Brain Res. 1997; 88, 231-238.
  • Nijsen MJMA, Croiset G, Diamant M, Broekhoven MH, De Wied D, Wiegant VM. Vagal activation in novelty-induced tachycardia during the light phase in the rat. Phys. & Behav. 1998; 63(2): 233-239.
  • Von Frijtag J, Croiset G, Adan RAH, Gispen WH, Wiegant VM. MC4-receptors mediate the activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis by central administration of melanocortins. Brit. J. of Pharm.1998; 123 (8) pp. 1503-1508.
  • Van Meeteren NLU, Helders PJM, Croiset G, Wiegant VM, Gispen WH. Open field ambulation: a predictive indicator for the rate of recovery after sciatic nerve crush-lesion in the rat? Neuroscience Letters 1998; 238 (3): 131-134.
  • Von Frijtag JC, Croiset G, Gispen WH, Adan RAH, Wiegant VM. The role of central melanocortin receptors in the activation of the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis and the induction of excessive grooming. Br. J. Pharmacol. 1998; 123, 1503 1508.(4930)
  • Nijsen MJ, Croiset G, Diamant M, Stam R, Delsing D, de Wied D, Wiegant VM. Conditioned fear induced tachycardia in the rat: vagal involvement. Eur. J. Pharmacol. 1998; 350, 211 222. (4954)
  • Bruijnzeel AW, Stam R, Compaan JC, Groiset G, Akkermans LMA, Olivier B, Wiegant VM. Long-term sensitization of Fos-responsivity in the rat central nervous system after a single stressful experience. Brain Res.1999; 819, 15-22.
  • Nijsen MJMA, Croiset G, Diamant M, Stam R, Bruijnzeel AW, de Wied D, Wiegant VM. The role of the CRH type 1 receptor in behavioural, autonomic and neuroendocrine responses to corticotropin-releasing hormone in the rat. Neuropsychopharmacology 1999; 22: 388-399.
  • Bruijnzeel AW, Stam R, Compaan JC, Croiset G, Akkermans LMA, Olivier B, Wiegant VM. Long-term sensitization of Fos-responsivity in the rat central nervous system after a single stressful experience. Brain Research 1999; 819: 15-22.
  • Stam R, Croiset G, Akkermans LMA, Wiegant VM. Psychoneuro-gastroenterology: Interrelations in stress-induced colonic motility and behavior. Physiology Behavior1999; 65 (4/5): 679-684.
  • Stam R, Croiset G, Bruijnzeel AW, Visser TJ, Akkermans LMA, Wiegant VM. Sex differences in long-term stress-induced colonic, behavioural and hormonal disturbances. Life Sciences 1999; 65 (26): 2837-2849.
  • Croiset G, Nijsen MJ, Kamphuis PJ. Role of corticotropin-releasing factor, vasopressin and the autonomic nervous system in learning and memory. Eur.J.Pharmacol. 2000; 405, 225-234.
  • Nijse, MJMA, Croiset G, Diamant M, Stam R, Kamphuis PJGH, Bruijnzeel A, De Wied D, Wiegant VM. Endogenous CRH inhibits conditioned fear-induced vagal activation in the rat. Eur.J.Pharmacol. 2000; 389: 89-98.
  • Nijsen MJMA, Croiset G, Diamant M, De Wied D, Wiegant VM. CRH signalling in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis is involved in stress-induced cardiac vagal activation in conscious rats. Neuropsychopharmacology 2001; 24 (1): 1-10.
  • Bruijnzeel AW, Stam R, Croiset G, Wiegant VM. Long-term sensitization of cardiovascular stress responses after a single stressful experience. Physiol Behav. 2001; 73(1-2):81-86.
  • Kamphuis PJ, Bakker JM, Broekhoven MH, Kunne C, Croiset G, Lentjes EG, Tilders FJ, van Bel F, Wiegant VM. Enhanced glucocorticoid feedback inhibition of hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal responses to stress in adult rats neonatally treated with dexamethasone. Neuroendocrinology 2002;76(3):158-169.
  • Kamphuis PJ, Gardoni F, Kamal A, Croiset G, Bakker JM, Cattabeni F, Gispen WH, van Bel F, DiLuca M, Wiegant VM. Long-lasting effects of neonatal dexamethosone treatment on spatial learning and hippocampal synaptic plasticity: involvement of the NMDA receptor complex. FASEB J. 2003; 17(8): 911-913.
  • Kamphuis PJ, Croiset G Bakker JM, van Bel F, Van Ree JM, Wiegant VM. Neonatal dexamethasone treatment affects social behaviour of rats in later life. Neuropharmacology 2004; 47: 461-474.
  • De Vries WB, Kavelaars A, Heijnen C, Bel F van, Croiset G, Dijk JE van, Bakker JM, Schipper MEI, Oosterhout MFM van, Kamphuis PJ, Wiegant VM. Reduced life expectancy in rats after neonatal dexamethasone treatment. Pediatric Research 2007; 61 (1):72-76.
  • Veroude K, Jolles J, Croiset G, Krabbendam L. Changes in neural mechanisms of cognitive control during the transition from late adolescence to young adulthood. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2013; 5: 63-70.
  • Veroude K, Jolles J, Croiset G, Krabbendam L. (in press). Sex differences in the neural bases of social appraisals. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Book chapters

  • Berkenbosch F, Heijnen CJ, Croiset G, Bevers C, Ballieux RE, Binnekade RE, Tilders FHJ. (1985) Endocrine and immunological responses to acute stress. In: The enkephalins and endorphins; Stress and the immune system. Eds.: N. Plotnikoff, Plenum Press, New York. pp. 109-118.
  • Heijnen, C.J., G. Croiset, C. Bevers, H.D. Veldhuis, D. de Wied and R.E. Ballieux (1986) Interaction between the central nervous system and the immune system: The influence of a short and mild emotional stress on the proliferative response of rat spleen cells. In: Neuroregulation of autonomic, endocrine and immune systems. Eds.: R.C.A. Fredrickson, H.C. Hendrie, J.N. Hingtgen and M.H. Aprison; Martinus Nijhoff Publ., Boston, pp 539-550.
  • Veldhuis HD, Croiset G, Ballieux RE, Heijnen CJ, de Wied D. (1987) Emotional stress and modulation of immunological reactivity. In: Hypothalamic dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders. Eds.: D. Nerozzi, F.K. Goodwin and E. Costa). Raven Press, New York, pp 237-245.
  • Bohus B, Croiset G. (1990) Neuropeptides, Behavior and the autonomic nervous system. In: Neuropeptides: Basic and perspectives (D. de Wied, ed.). Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp 255-276.
  • De Wied D, Croiset G. (1991) Stress modulation of learning and memory processes In: Stress revisited 2. Systemic effects of Stress (G. Jasmin and L. Proschek, eds). Methods Achieve Exp. Pathol. Vol. 15, Karger, Basel, pp 167-199.
  • De Wied D, Croiset G. (2003). Behavioral effects of neuropeptides related to stress hormones. In: The Brain: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects, Ed. Pokrovsky, V.I., Moscow, Meditsina Publishers: 366-382.

Conference abstracts on medical education

  • Jacobs JCG , Muijtjens AMM, Van Luijk SJ, Van der Vleuten C PM, Croiset G, Scheele F. Welke factoren beïnvloeden de opvattingen van docenten over onderwijs, in studentgecentreerde Geneeskunde curricula? Wetenschappelijke paper, Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medisch Onderwijs, Maastricht, 2012.
  • Jacobs JCG , Muijtjens AMM, Van Luijk SJ, Van der Vleuten C PM, Croiset G, Scheele F. Factors influencing teachers' conceptions on learning and teaching, in student-centred medical curricula. Short communication, AMEE International Association of Medical Education 2012, Lyon, France.
  • Jacobs JCG, Van Luijk SJ, Van der Vleuten CPM, Croiset G, Scheele F. Measuring teachers' conceptions on learning and teaching in student-centred medical curricula. ELSIN Congress 2011 Antwerpen. 
  • Jacobs JCG, Van Luijk SJ, Van der Vleuten CPM, Croiset G, Scheele F. Measuring medical teachers' conceptions on teaching and learning. AMEE International Association of Medical Education 2010, Glasgow, UK.
  • Jacobs JCG, Van Luijk SJ, Van Berkel H, Van der Vleuten CPM, Croiset G, Scheele F. Het meten van opvattingen over onderwijs, bij docenten in de bacheloropleiding Geneeskunde in een studentgecentreerd curriculum. Wetenschappelijke paper, Congres van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medisch Onderwijs, Egmond aan Zee, 2010.
  • Daelmans HEM, Kooiman MAR, Jacobs JCG, Koens F, Croiset G. Masterjaar 1: van theoretisch leren naar praktijkleren. Symposium VUmc-compas Masterfase. Congres van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medisch Onderwijs, Egmond aan Zee, 2010.
  • Lankveld T van, Beishuizen J, Croiset G, Volman M. Faculty development in the context of educational change: The role of teacher communities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Vienna, Austria, August 2001: 29-31.
  • Lankveld T van, Schoonenboom J, Volman M, Croiset G, Beishuizen J. De professionele identiteit van docenten in het hoger onderwijs; een reviewstudie van recent onderzoek. Paper presented at the Onderwijs Research Dagen 2012, Wageningen.
  • Lankveld T van, Schoonenboom J, Volman M, Croiset G, Beishuizen J. The professional identity of teachers in Higher Education; A review of research 2005-2011. Poster presented at the EARLI SIG 4 Higher Education Conference 2012, Tallinn.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Ten Cate ThJ, Mann KV. Enhancing intrinsic motivation in medical students: Using Self-determination Theory. AMEE conference 2012 - abstracts.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Ten Cate ThJ. Motivational profiling in medical education. AMEE conference 2011 - abstracts.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Ten Cate ThJ, Mann KV. Enhancing intrinsic motivation in medical students: Using Self-determination Theory. AMEE conference 2011 - abstracts.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Ten Cate ThJ. Validity of strength of motivation for medical school questionnaire. AMEE conference 2010 - abstracts, pg.28.
  • Kusurkar RA, Croiset G, Kruitwagen CLJJ, Ten Cate ThJ. Validity and reliability of an instrument to measure the strength of motivation for medical school. Self-determination theory Conference 2010, Gent, Belgium.

Thesis

Croiset, G. (1989) The impact of mild emotional stress on the immune system. Thesis, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Inaugural lectures

Scholarships, grants and prizes

  • 2011 NFU grant for appointment of a PhD student (0.5fte) on selection and motivation
  • 2004 UU promotion grant for MSc Neuroscience and Cognition (euro 500.000)
  • 1993 Dutch Heart Foundation, Grant no. 93.152 AIO for a 4 years PhD
  • 1995MD, Utrecht University
  • 1985MSc Biology Utrecht University (cum laude)   

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