Peer to Peer Group Coaching (AMC PhD program)


To provide peer to peer group coaching (in Dutch intervisie) during your PhD trajectory. Peer to peer group coaching is experience driven. The content of the meetings is determined by the participating PhD candidates themselves and therefore has relevance for daily practice and needs of PhD candidates. It is a means to get support from peers, reflect, discuss issues without hierarchical differences, get insight and find possible solutions to everyday problems. Examples of issues that can be addressed are: problems with communication with supervisors, planning of your project, competition with colleagues, time management, difficulties with writing or presenting etc.


A new group starts when 6-8 participants have applied. The date for the first meeting is scheduled by Kirsten Douma, PhD candidate advisor, through an online tool. The first meeting will be chaired by Kirsten. In the following meetings, you will work with a rotating chairman. There will be four follow-up meetings, scheduled by the group itself. The advised frequency of the meetings is once every two months. The participants keep track of attendance in an Excel-sheet which is forwarded to Kirsten after every meeting. If you are unable to attend, you notify the other group members and Kirsten by e-mail.


During the meetings (duration 2 hours, first meeting 2,5 hour) a maximum of two issues can be addressed.


The peer to peer coaching is in English, except when all group members are able to speak Dutch at a sufficient level.


 A certificate is issued. Attendance is registered. If you miss the first meeting of the group you are placed in, you cannot participate in this group and have to wait until a new group starts. If you do not attend the first meeting of the next group you are placed in, you will be taken of the list.

Study load:

In total 14,5 hours: 10,5 hours (1x2,5 plus 4x2) attendance plus  4 hours preparing for meetings; which is comparable to 0,5 ECTS.

Number of participants:

6-8 per group


Dr. Kirsten Douma, PhD candidate advisor of the AMC Graduate School/ tel. +31 (0)20-566 6541


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