International Primary Care Research Training

The International Primary Care Research Training Curriculum was launched in 1993, as a joint initiative of the Departments of Family Medicine of the universities of Maastricht (The Netherlands), Leuven, Antwerp and Ghent (Flanders - Belgium). More recently, the
universities of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rostock (initially Düsseldorf) and Marburg (Germany), and Brussels (Belgium) joined.
Over the years, a large number of (junior) researchers from all over Europe, successfully participated in the different modules. Many participants stayed actively, mostly parttime, involved in research relevant for their (clinical) domain. Some of them even became (an associate) professor. The teaching staff members are mostly primary care clinicians and are all involved in teaching and research at an international level for many years.

Aims of the training
To learn, understand and obtain skills to perform original scientific research in primary care, in particular Family Medicine, while supervised. On top of that, to analyze and to report this research in a peer reviewed journal.

Curriculum structure
The curriculum consists of a two year programme. Year 1 (Start class) includes one full course week. Year 2 (Advanced course) also consists a full week of training. We can make adjustments on request.
The last starterscourse was in September 2016. Anyone that passed this course, as well as anyone with some experience in primary care research will be welcome to follow the advanced course. That course is scheduled from 27-31 March 2017 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The topics for this advanced course are:

• Qualitative research including interview techniques and focus groups
• Randomization-blinding-stratification
• Qualitative research – analysis
• Complex interventions
• Statistics
• Scientific writing
• Funding and grant proposals
• Presenting and making posters
• Networking and time management
• How to start a network
• How to start a journal club

More information on the National website for Dutch Family Doctors or contact our course manager Karin Aretz for more information or to apply.


"It is not only a course that is excellent to train your academic skills, but even more importantly it is an excellent opportunity to increase your international network on which you can build in your future academic career."
Eefje de Bont, The Netherlands

"It is a perfect opportunity to have an introduction in a broad range of useful scientific research skills. Moreover, it is a very informal chance to meet and collaborate with researchers of different research areas and countries. The International Primary Care Research Training Curriculum; the primary step to become a successful researcher in care!"
Luc Gidding, The Netherlands

"Following that curriculum permitted me to finalize my PhD in health sciences. The training was efficient. Questions, feed backs, discussion were of great qualities. Lessons were mostly useful. As always some of them were not adapted to my specific topic but it gave me a global overview of what you could achieve in health sciences’ research. Participants were all motivated (both students and teachers). Welcoming universities and organizations over Northern Europe were great to discover."
Jean Yves Le Reste, France

"The atmosphere with hospitality and genuine willingness to help with my ambition to do  research, offered me much support with developing and continuing my project. I really enjoyed the curriculum and learned from the various lectures and discussion-sessions. Geert-Jan and his team offer a great training curriculum for anyone in primary care who wants to start or know more about doing research."
John Oosterink, The Netherlands

"This was an excellent, well rounded course that was tailored to meet participant needs. The lectures were interactive and interesting. The lecturers were very helpful and interactive and went out of their way to help the students. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to venture into the world of research."
Suzan Haidar, Lebanon

"I had a clearer understanding of several research concepts and other aspects relevant to the field of research. I felt more empowered to commence with my own proposal writings as well as other scientific work done and lying on shelves. The multicultural participants also gave it a real good flavor that allowed a lot of sharing from the different contexts around the world. The networks that were created, are making us even stronger in our own careers."
Jane Frances Namatovu from Uganda

"It is a very well organized course that covers all aspects of research in primary care. The teachers are of high quality and participants are stimulated to discuss and interact. The international character of the group and the diversity in background and research experience add to the experience of learning and getting inspired."
R. van der Veen, general practitioner, The Netherlands