Making Clinical Sense: A comparative study of how doctors learn in digital times

Our goal with this project is to describe, analyse, rethink and redesign the material conditions of learning sensory, bodily skills. Medical education is our empirical case but we aim to make more general claims.

By attending to the everyday material practices of training doctors (such as the use of physical models, blackboard drawing, making and watching video, searching online images and peer-to-peer learning) across place and over time, the research team offers unique insights into how the way people learn connects with what they learn.

Comparison and collaboration, in a broad sense, are fundamental to achieving this goal. This means our research group can individually and together go beyond what would be achieved researching alone – with local specificities better articulated, broader themes identified, new methodologies developed, our writing improved and inspiring networks created.

The project is based in the Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies research group in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University.

The project has been reviewed by the Ethical Review Committee Inner City Faculties (ERCIC) and received full ethical approval.

For further information about the project please send an e-mail to Anna Harris:

The team

The Skillslab, Maastricht University. Photo: Anna Harris