The DPhil Programme in EBHC currently has 32 students from all around the world. The part time flexibility of the programme fits in well with students committed to life long learning that have other professional or personal commitments. Details of some of our students experiences can be read below.
Dominic Hurst BSc. BDS. MSc.
Started - October 2012
Topic- Can multiple interventions based on educational, systems and behavioural theories, amongst others, increase research use in dentists’ decision making? .
Supervisors - Sharon Mickan and Derek Richards
Having completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare here at Oxford in 2012 I have rolled in to the DPhil on a part-time basis. I have a background in primary dental care having been a dentist in general practice, the community service and, presently, a clinical lecture in a primary care undergraduate teaching clinic. My research interest is how to help facilitate research use by dentists in a similar situation.
I spent the first 8 months of my DPhil reading broadly around the concepts of knowledge, research and knowledge translation and am now working on a scoping review of approaches to helping clinicians find, adapt and implement research that is relevant to their work. I plan to design an intervention around facilitation to trial with dentists in due course.
I meet regularly in person with my first supervisor, Sharon Mickan on my days in Oxford and use Skype to meet with my second supervisor, Derek Richards, every couple of months. When possible I take advantage of courses run by the University of Oxford. It can be difficult to get to many of these as they are often on days when I am working. Managing to make time for research among my employment priorities is a challenge. However, working at the same time as studying has the advantage of stimulating new thoughts about the research and building potential collaborations amongst non-academic colleagues. In turn, my work benefits from the insights I gain as I get a deeper understanding of the complexity of knowledge translation.
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Marcy McCall MacBain, MSc, B.Kin (Hons)
Started - October 2010
Topic - The Role of Yoga in Complemantary Care for Cancer
Supervisor – Carl Heneghan
Studying as a part-time D Phil student since October 2010, my research interests include applying mixed methods to evaluate the role and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine in patient care. In particular, I am preparing to engage in field work in Vancouver, Canada to investigate yoga's capacity to improve the quality of life in cancer patients.
As a Canadian living in Geneva, Switzerland, I make an effort to visit Oxford campus as regularly as possible, usually once every 4 to 6 weeks where I 'hot-desk' within the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. I enjoy the international perspectives and enriched learning that is imparted by world-class lectures, course modules and information sharing. The CEBM network of academic supervision and skilled researchers has been catalytic in advancing my understanding and application of evidence-based principles for health care and research. On a personal note, I'm a mother of two children (2 and 7 years of age) juggling a career as a Foundation Director along with my studies. Effective time management, a responsive academic team and dependable family support have been key in my success studying part-time. This research degree is made possible by the virtual classroom which includes online tutorials, access to online journals and Skype sessions.
Adrian Rohrbasser, MSc,
Started - January 2013
Topic - Knowledge Translation
Supervisor – Sharon Mickan
I started the programme after my MSc in EBHC where I gained understanding of the principles of EBHC and where I could deepen my knowledge in different methods of health research. The dissertation was a great opportunity of developing my own research interest which is knowledge translation in primary health care. I work as a family physician and am part of the management of a network of health care centres providing primary health care in Switzerland. I am responsible for knowledge translation in the organisation and I tutor facilitators who support quality improvement in their health care centres. Thanks to understanding colleagues and a tolerant employer, I can put my knowledge into practice and start my research project about knowledge translation in primary health care looking closer at Quality Circles. My supervisor gives me diligent support and valuable constructive inputs guarding the process of my research project. Whenever needed, she provides me with experts when I meet a challenging problem during my work. I’m able to translate EBHC into research projects aiming at knowledge translation, something my employer as well as my colleagues appreciates!