Practical tips for supporting clinicians undertaking a part-time PhD
Hynes, Sinéad M.
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Hynes, Sinéad M. (2020). Practical tips for supporting clinicians undertaking a part-time PhD. MedEdPublish, 9(1). doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000199.1
Background: Part-time PhD students are often neglected in research and policy. Clinicians who decide to undertake a PhD usually do so on a part-time basis. It is important that supervisors are aware of the unique challenges that part-time students face. Aim: The aim is to advise supervisors on the best ways to support clinicians who are completing, undertaking, or beginning a PhD. Methods: Literature on the topic, as well as critical reflection and feedback from students was used to develop these tips. Results: Practical tips are presented here to help when supporting part-time PhD students. Conclusion: Clinicians are skilled in many areas but may require additional supports in managing time, integrating into the research environment and developing an academic identity. Supervisors have a key role in supporting their development and advocating on behalf of students when required.