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PhD defence: Maria Louise Gamborg

Residents’ clinical decision-making and adaptability in the Emergency Department

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Thursday 30 June 2022,  at 13:00 - 15:00


Building 1441, Auditorium 112 (auditorium 2), Aarhus University

On 30 June at 13.00, Maria Louise Gamborg defends her PhD dissertation entitled "Residents' adaptive practices in geriatric emergency medicine".

Residents’ ability to make clinical decisions in the ED is challenged by a high workload and a fast-paced work environment. Elderly patients present with complex problems, which further challenges physicians’ clinical decision-making. Presently, no educational activities are aimed at geriatric emergency medicine. As a result, younger residents might not be sufficiently prepared for complex elderly patients.

Therefore, the PhD project aimed to investigate how to support the development of clinical decision-making for first-year medical residents.  

The first study reviewed the literature on clinical decision-making for the elderly in the ED. Here, we narrowed the scope of the PhD project, focusing on the development of expertise. The second study was an observational study exploring expert behaviours amongst residents when treating elderly patients in the ED. The third study then explored physicians’ cognitive strategies by asking them to think out loud when making clinical decisions. The fourth and final study then analysed how in-clinic supervision supported residents’ development of adaptive clinical supervision.

The summary is written by the PhD student.

The defence is public and takes place in building 1441, Auditorium 112 (auditorium 2), Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 3. Please read the attached press release for more information.


PhD student Maria Louise Gamborg
Mail: gamborg@au.dk 
Phone: +4522144499

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