Introducing new VU/VUmc Director of the APH institute: Martine de Bruijne

Martine de Bruijne MD PhD

From September 15th 2017 Martine will start as VU/VUmc Director APH

As a child I dreamed of becoming a medical doctor. I was delighted to be able to start Medical School in the brand new AMC building in 1985, directly after graduating from high school. In 1986 a small announcement of the new study Medical Informatics in AMC caught my attention. It sounded exciting. I started in the very first cohort, parallel to my medical studies. I very much enjoyed the combination of medical practice, research and technical innovation.

After obtaining my medical degree I worked as a PhD fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam at the department of Clinical Epidemiology and the department of Medical Informatics (‘93-‘97). In the large ERGO cohort of elderly people I performed diagnostic and prognostic studies on electrocardiograms. Here I was trained in clinical epidemiology, which I missed in my prior studies. Longing for research closer to application in medical practice I was keen to start as a postdoc at the Julius Center for Patient Oriented Research (UMC Utrecht) (’98-’00). In the young city Almere, where 100 general practitioners and 20 pharmacies shared one medical information system, I collaborated with the professionals to use their data for quality improvement and research .

In 2000 I started as a senior researcher in health technology assessment at the EMGO+ Institute and later as associate professor at the VUmc Department of Public and Occupational Health and the EMGO+/APH research institute. In 2008 I obtained my degree and registration as a public health physician ‘Society and Health’.

In my current research on quality and safety of care, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration with the patient as a partner, I enjoy collaborating in multidisciplinary teams. I currently chair the research section ‘Quality, Risk & Safety in Health Care’ at my department and am Deputy Head of the Department of Public & Occupational Health. Since 2015, I have  been program leader of the EMGO+/APH research program Quality of Care.

I look forward to continue building the APH research institute in my new role as co-director, together with Judith Sluiter and so many talented and inspiring APH colleagues.