CHDR teaches basic and clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapy to more than 2000 medical students. CHDR offers also many other educational activities, ranging from special projects for high school students over postgraduate training in clinical pharmacology up to specialized courses for clinical residents. In order to make education a success a broad variety of teaching methods are offered: E-learning, small-scale tutor groups combined with more classical ways including lectures and self-study assignments.

At a glance

- CHDR teaches clinical pharmacology to medical students, students in biomedical sciences, students in bio-pharmaceutical sciences, and other healthcare providers in training (e.g. medical residents, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists-in-training).

- Together with CHDR, Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) has developed the Paul Janssen FutureLab, a new post-graduate programme for outstanding professionals.

- CHDR also offers post-graduate clinical pharmacology training, with 21 graduates in the past 10 years.

- CHDR has hosted more than 30 PhD students during their thesis studies.

- CHDR's newly developed Clinical Research Programme provides ambitious young researchers and physicians with a well-defined career development path.

- TRC®, CHDR’s clinical pharmacology app, has been downloaded more than 150,000 times.

- Thanks to recent upgrades, the TRC app is now compatible with reference drug formularies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

- In 2016, CHDR invested heavily in education by developing new courses, with the goal of radically changing pharmacology education by 2020.

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Clinical pharmacology as specialisation

At CHDR, all of our researchers have the opportunity to become board-certified as a clinical pharmacologist. Our programme in clinical pharmacology provides specialised training to physicians and research graduates with a biomedical and/or pharmaceutical background. The programme can be completed in one year (full-time), or it can be completed over several years (part-time).

The curriculum includes a variety of ‘hands-on’ courses and practical training in conducting clinical studies in both healthy volunteers and patients, including the underlying science. Moreover, clinical work ‒ for example, advising physicians regarding the choice, dosage, adverse effects, and interactions of drugs ‒ is part of the programme. Trainees join grand rounds in the Internal Medicine department and discuss the pharmacotherapeutic choices afterwards. The clinical pharmacology programme usually culminates in the completion of a PhD thesis.


Clinical research practice / Student Internships: Education always has a high priority at CHDR

We typically host more than ten student interns each year. Our student intern training programme is available to Master’s students with an interest in biomedical research. 

The program combines the transfer of knowledge with helping students learn new skills and experience state-of-the-art methodologies in drug studies with human subjects. Our students learn how to design and conduct clinical studies, and they learn how to analyse and/or model the data. Students also have the opportunity to learn basic research, for example finding and validating new biomarkers. In this respect, our programme provides unique insights into the processes underlying the development of new drugs and methodologies. The training programme can last from 12 weeks up to 9 months, and all studies are performed under the close supervision of trained professionals.

In addition to student internships, we also offer a Master’s level course in Clinical Pharmacology together with the LUMC Pharmacy. For more information, please contact us.

Teaching Resource Center

Healthcare professionals are increasingly confronted with diverse medicines, higher costs and a greater number of drug misadventures. We assume that with improved pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic knowledge, the quality of drug use will increase. Thus, the Teaching Resource Centre (TRC) was conceived and founded by CHDR to develop new methods for the teaching of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

Teaching Resource Center