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

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Project "DigitalDoctors" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Minderbroedersberg 4-6
postcode: 6200 MD

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙361˙507 €
 EC max contribution 1˙361˙507 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT NL (MAASTRICHT) coordinator 1˙361˙507.00


 Project objective

Digital technologies are reconfiguring medical practices in ways we still don’t understand. This research project seeks to examine the impact of the digital in medicine by studying the role of pedagogical technologies in how doctors learn the skills of their profession. It focuses on the centuries-old skill of physical examination; a sensing of the body, through the body. Increasingly medical students are learning these skills away from the bedside, through videos, simulated models and in laboratories. My research team will interrogate how learning with these technologies impacts on how doctors learn to sense bodies. Through the rich case of doctors-in-training the study addresses a key challenge in social scientific scholarship regarding how technologies, particularly those digital and virtual, are implicated in bodily, sensory knowing of the world. Our research takes a historically-attuned comparative anthropology approach, advancing the social study of medicine and medical education research in three new directions. First, a team of three ethnographers will attend to both spectacular and mundane technologies in medical education, recognising that everyday learning situations are filled with technologies old and new. Second, it offers the first comparative social study of medical education with fieldwork in three materially and culturally different settings in Western and Eastern Europe, and West Africa. Finally, the study brings historical and ethnographic research of technologies closer together, with a historian conducting oral histories and archival research at each site. Findings will have impact in the social sciences and education research by advancing understanding of how the digital and other technologies are implicated in skills learning. The study will develop novel digital-sensory methodologies and boldly, a new theory of techno-perception. These academic contributions will have practical relevance by improving the training of doctors in digital times.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Anna Harris, Andrea Wojcik, Rachel Vaden Allison
How to make an omelette: A sensory experiment in team ethnography
published pages: 146879411989054, ISSN: 1468-7941, DOI: 10.1177/1468794119890543
Qualitative Research 2020-02-12
2018 Toldi, Gergely and Anna Harris
Opinion: When Should Scientists Retire?
published pages: , ISSN: 0890-3670, DOI:
TheScientist 2019-08-29
2019 Harris, Anna
The culinary art of clinical simulation
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-5396, DOI:
The Gourmand Issue 12, biannual food and cul 2019-08-29
2018 Anna Harris, Jan-Joost Rethans
Expressive instructions: ethnographic insights into the creativity and improvisation entailed in teaching physical skills to medical students
published pages: 232-238, ISSN: 2212-2761, DOI: 10.1007/s40037-018-0446-5
Perspectives on Medical Education 7/4 2019-04-18
2018 Anna Harris
Working on the bias
published pages: , ISSN: 2212-2761, DOI: 10.1007/s40037-017-0396-3
Perspectives on Medical Education 2019-04-18

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