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PhD fellowship: The Young Resident and the Old Patient in Emergency Medicine: Communication, Decision-Making, and Learning 912431

A funded 3-year PhD fellowship is available on the role of simulation-based training of interprofessional teams in emergency care and continuing education.
Supervisors will be: Associate Professor Peter Musaeus, Centre for Health Sciences Education, Aarhus University, Denmark (main supervisor) and Clinical Associate Pro-fessor Charlotte Paltved, Medical Director at Corporate HR MidtSim, the Central Re-gion of Denmark (co-supervisor).

Project summary
Emergency Departments are increasingly facing an unprecedented influx of older pa-tients because of an aging population. More than half of these older patients are likely to be frail and vulnerable due to physical and mental disabilities, which makes shared decision making a challenge. There is a quality gap between emergency care and the needs of older adults. Furthermore, implementation of patient-centered research in the emergency care setting has been limited.
The aim of the project is to provide substantial and novel insight into how to assess the training needs for effective interprofessional teamwork in geriatric emergency medi-cine. We are looking for one suitable PhD-candidate who can prepare a case study of geriatric emergency medical team communication and patient-centredness in conjunc-tion with an assessment of residents’ training needs. Qualitative or mixed-methods re-search techniques should be applied such as interviews, observations, survey, or visu-alization methodologies (diagramming etc.). At the final stage, the project will include a (limited in scale) intervention study aimed at producing fundamental and novel in-sights into how residents should cooperate and communicate with geriatric patients in interprofessional teams to improve patient-centered care and shared decision-making. The intervention study could draw from an ethnographic study of emergency practice and testing hypotheses in the simulation-training facility.

The PhD program includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific arti-cles and the PhD thesis, teaching and disseminating your research, active participation in scientific meetings etc. Further details on the PhD program can be found here:

The Central Region of Denmark provides funding for this 3-year PhD.

Key words
Education, simulation-based training, team communication, patient-centredness, shared decision making, organization, qualitative needs assessment, gerontology, emergency medicine.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
• A relevant MSc or MA degree in the fields of Social or Organizational Science (Psychology, Management, Sociology, Communication, Political Science, An-thropology etc.), Health Science (Medicine, Public Health etc.) or Education.
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Danish.
• Excellent communication skills in English and Danish including documented writing skills, and if possible published work.
• Experience with qualitative research methodologies and preferably writing an empirical masters’ thesis or other empirical work.
• Fine grades at masters-level.
• Rich in initiative and a strong motivation for research.
• Well-developed team collaborative skills.

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, a motivation letter (cover letter), list of publications, diploma and transcripts of records (grades etc.), and at least one letter of support/1-3 professional referees. Applications should be mailed to Peter Musaeus at, no later than June 19th 2017 at 10 a.m. Interviews will be held at Koncern HR, MidtSim, INCUBA, Skejby June 22nd 2017.

Please note that the selected candidate will have to apply for and get approved for en-rolment at the AU Graduate School of Health in a separate procedure before officially starting as a PhD student. 
Application deadline is September 4th 2017. Expected starting date will be November 1st 2017.

Further information regarding the fellowship can be obtained by contacting main su-pervisor, associate professor, Peter Musaeus, PhD at


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