Healthcare professionals are required to complete CPD (continuing professional development) but this too often becomes a tick box exercise. Education offerings for active healthcare professionals must be practical to individual needs and offer different teaching methods, whereby learning becomes a fluent, adaptable and continually moving entity tied to the needs of each individual health professional. This project will apply empirical methods to develop a best practice approach for education needs assessment to design, plan and implement a blended learning training programme to deliver a new topic, Precision Medicine, to frontline healthcare professionals.


PhD Thesis: Implementing evidence based education to design and implement online and blended learning in Precision Medicine in the context of continuing professional development (CPD)

The results of this research will inform the design, planning and implementation of a national online and blended training programme in Precision Medicine across Switzerland.


This research is part of the FRONTLINERS project in Precision Medicine funded by Health2030. 

This PhD Project is a part of the Frontliners project, described here

Project Team

Ms. Sharon Mitchell M.Sc, IML, PhD Candidate, University of Bern

Dr. phil. Felix Schmitz, IML, Head of Group Research, University of Bern

Dr. med. Evrim Jaccard, Clinical Physician, Department of Medicine, University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne

Prof. Dr. med. Idris Guessous, Division and Department of Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva

Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Gérard Weber, Department of Medicine, University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne

Prof. Dr. med. Jaques Cornuz, Unisanté, Faculty of biology and medicine, University of Lausanne, Rue du Bugnon 44, 1011 Lausanne

Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen, IML, medical faculty, University of Bern

Project information

Running time: 2020 - 2022

Sharon Mitchell PhD student

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