During the clinical specialization internship in the third year, the student will complete a graduation project in a clinical department with diagnostic and/or therapeutics interventions which are relevant to the student’s Master’s degree track. This project is a master’s test: the student will need to show to be capable of functioning at an academic clinical level as well as to contribute to the applied scientific research (medical-technical) of the clinical department.
The internship will be spend in a clinical department with a technological profile corresponding to one of the three specialisations of the master programme. Technical Medicine and the implicated hospital department will enter in an agreement to guarantee the internship of a number of students for a period of at least four years, the first of which being part of the master programme. Through the involvement of these students continuity of relevant research of the clinical department is created.
The graduation project is the final part of the master programme. The learning effect is as important as the test of ability: before, the student has not independently worked to the same extent at an academic level together with professionals.
The clinical technical subject for the graduation assignment will be selected by the supervisors from the clinic, the “chair keeper” (temporary this will be the scientific director of the Institute Technical Medicine) and the internship supervisor, in cooperation with the student. The chair keeper belonging to a mastertrack is responsible for the students graduation results. The chair keeper will put together a graduation committee composed of at least four experts in the field. Besides himself as chairman, the internship supervisor from the clinic, where the internship took place, and a number of relevant experts will be invited as members of this committee.
This committee will evaluate the results of the project taking into account the following aspects:
•The execution of the graduation project
•Achievements (results) within the clinical team
•Presentation, Report, Oral defence of the project
Assessment of the content of the project is based on the following elements:
•Quality – analysis of the clinical-technical problem and its theoretical background. Analysis and accountability of the results – level, originality and clinical applicability of the subject, the implementation and the documentation;
•Quantity – in relation to the weight, complexity and extent of the project;
•Imbedding and relations to other research projects;
•Conclusions in relation to the problem definition, placing own work in context, suggestions for future work;
•Originality, creativity and own input.
The graduation report not only serves to inform the committee about the completed graduation project but can also be used to inform those who have worked on the project and interested parties that would like to use the project’s results. It has been agreed with the departments taking internships that the results of applied technical-medical scientific research may be published in a scientific article of which the student will be the first author.
Upon the selection of research items, it will be considered if the outcome of the project can serve as the start of a PhD thesis for the Technical Medicine student.
Given the research component of this clinical specialisation internship and its relatively lengthy duration, there is large and sincere interest of the hospitals for the assignment of these graduates. All the hospitals and their departments with which this has been discussed view it as added value to include Technical Medicine students.