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Internship project at Leiden University Medical Center: efficient scheduling

Efficient schedules for transplant surgeons at the Leiden University Medical Center

 Transplant surgeons are responsible for removing organs from organ donors, placing organs in patients who require a donor organ, and performing scheduled transplant surgeries. Moreover, surgeons work in the outpatient clinic and in inpatient wards, participate in multidisciplinary meetings, perform research, and teach. There is thus a considerable amount of uncertainty in the work of transplant surgeons. Currently, the transplant surgeons in the Leiden University Medical Center utilize a set of predefined shifts. At each of these shifts, a transplant surgeon is scheduled. During certain shifts the surgeon is extremely busy, while there are other shifts during which no organ transplants take place. Hence, there are possibly other scheduling structures that lead to a more efficient allocation of transplant surgeons to tasks. The goal of this assignment is to map out and analyze different scheduling structures, and to make a recommendation with respect to the scheduling structure that is most efficient for the transplant surgeons.

Leiden University Medical Center – Getting better by breaking new ground

The world is changing: the population is ageing, the number of patients with chronic diseases and disorders is expanding, medical costs are increasing and there is a field of tension between technical options and threats. The health of the global population is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Leiden University Medical Center believes that this challenge asks for a clear vision and mission. Interactive interplay between our core tasks teaching, research and patient care is essential.

 At the LUMC students are trained in lifelong innovating and learning. Researchers let themselves be inspired and test their findings directly in practice. Patients can count on being helped according to the state-of-the-art of science. The LUMC believes in curing but also in prevention. 

By calling in companies and organizations in and outside the region, the LUMC makes innovations and new applications actually possible. Thus the LUMC wishes to play a leading role in the development of solutions to healthcare questions.

‘The LUMC as an innovator stands for improving healthcare and people’s health’.

If you are interested to do this internship, please send a motivation letter, your CV, and an overview of your grades to Niki Papadopoulos ( and Aleida Braaksma (