After completing the doctoral education PhD student Jonas Cedergren will defend his thesis 1 April. Get a quick glimpse of his thesis, experiences and near future.
Hi, Jonas! You are about to defend your thesis Becoming a Physician-Scientist: A Study on the Power of Membership in Communities of Practice. In short, what is your thesis about?
“My thesis explores the situation of becoming and being a physician-scientist. Physician-scientists play a pivotal part within healthcare, serving as a bridge between research and clinical practice. It is therefore problematic that the number of physician-scientists have decreased over the last decades, a development that have coincided with an increasing issue of scientific knowledge not being translated into clinical practice at the same level that we have gotten used to. In this study, I explore the physician-scientists understanding of their career, taking the experience of being part of two different communities simultaneously as the starting point.
Through qualitative interviews with physician-scientists at different stages of their career, and utilising the concept of communities of practice in my analysis, I connect the individual physician-scientists experience with the practices in the two communities they are members of. Acknowledging the different experiences of my interviewees, this study challenges the notion of physician-scientists as a homogeneous group, arguing that it is necessary to re-define the physician-scientists into three different types. Doing so, I suggest that it is possible to have a more fruitful debate on their situation and their purpose, highlighting the different roles that they have in the translation of knowledge between science and clinical practice. Finally, through considering the physician-scientists as members of different communities, I make contributions to the communities of practice literature regarding the notion of boundary crossing and the role of power.“
In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM?
What are you up to now?
“I recently joined a project at CBS as a postdoc, where I study how concepts from organization and management are translated into practice.“
Thank you, Jonas! Wishing you all the best!
Jonas Cedergren with his supervisors at the "spikning" 11 March. From the left: Jens Rennstam, (Jonas), Louise Bringselius and Mats Benner. Photo: Charlina Lunvald.