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Petra  Verdonk

Petra Verdonk is trained as an occupational health psychologist. Her PhD-thesis (2007) entailed the integration of sex and gender issues in medical education 'Gender matters in medical education'. She works as an assistant professor at the department of Medical Humanities.

Her research interests are intersectionality/diversity issues in medical education and public health. She aims to incorporate an intersectionality perspective in her research and is eclectic in her research methodology (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, PAR). 

Recent publications on sex and gender issues in medical education are gender and stress among medical interns,  specialty preferences among male and female medical students in Sweden and the Netherlands, or work-life expectations among Swedish medical students. In the field of gender and occupational health,she published recently for instance on work-related fatigue in older highly educated women, and on masculinity, health beliefs, and men's participation in workplace physical activity.

With Maastricht University, she is involved in the SIODO-study, a ZonMW-project, to explore boys and girls' pathways to school dropout in relation to early symptoms, and the role of gender beliefs in school dropout. She participated in several EU-projects: EUGiM, developing and piloting a gender medicine Summer School, and ENGENDER, the development of a database with good practices on gender equality and health as well as the development of six policy briefs presented in the European Parliament. Since 2006, she is involved in the Gender Challenges in Medical Education project Umea University, Sweden, and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands.

The Erasmus LLP project Culturally Competent in Medical Education (C2ME) aims towards the development of culturally competent medical schools and medical teachers. At Vumc, a local teach-the-teacher course is developed and piloted. Interested? Check the webpage and join the group on LinkedIN.