The aim of CaRe is to foster the education of highly qualified, independent and scientific researchers, with an open mind for collaborative research. PhD candidates are required to make a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) during the first weeks of their trajectory. PhD students choose CaRe courses that fit their specific educational background and work experience, and which offer the theories and skills needed in their research project. The TSP is approved by the local PhD coordinator or PhD committee in line with quality standards formulated by the research school. It is a tailored and flexible plan that can be adapted during the PhD trajectory in agreement with the supervisors, according to the needs of the PhD student and the skills needed for the project. The supervisors ensure the development of each of their PhD candidates into a well-rounded research professional. Progress of the PhD trajectory is monitored by the PhD committee.
A major task of CaRe is to provide a rich selection of high quality PhD training opportunities (courses, lectures, workshops etc) that cover transferable skills, methodological skills as well as the scientific topics central to CaRe’s mission in health care. CaRe PhD candidates choose from a variety of these courses for their Training and Supervision Plan. Basic courses on methodology and writing skills are part of every TSP. More advanced courses are chosen depending on the specific topic of the PhD student. Each institute is responsible for the organisation of several PhD courses, which are offered via CaRe. PhD candidates have the opportunity to follow PhD courses at their own institute and other institutes. CaRe ensures the quality of the courses.
Lecturers in the PhD courses are well-established researchers who have demonstrated their lecturing skills in several educational programmes. CaRe has an annual Lecturer Award for the best teacher of the year as an incentive and role-model.
CaRe has a PhD Education Committee (POC) which includes representatives from each of the institutes, generally a PhD coordinator and a PhD student. They meet four times a year to discuss developments within CaRe and policies regarding PhD students, to evaluate the quality of the CaRe courses currently on offer, and to brainstorm about new courses to be set up in view of the field’s recent developments. Each of the participating institutes also has an internal PhD council which represents the interests of the PhD-students of that institute.