After graduation at the medical school of Nijmegen (Netherlands) in 1987, he worked as a senior house officer in surgery and obstretics. Hereafter he worked for 4 years as a medical officer in a mission hospital in Malawi (Central Africa). Back in the Netherlands he started the vocational training in general practice at the university of Utrecht. After being registered in 1995 as a general practitioner he worked in a general practice in a rural area. Next to this he started research on otitis media. In 2000 he finished his PhD thesis ‘acute otitis media in infancy in general practice, a therapeutic and prognostic study’. In the same year he started as general practitioner in Hattem (the Netherlands). Together with two partners he runs a private primary care practice (Hof van Blom). In 2011 he combined this with being a teacher at the vocational training in general practice at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. In 2013 he was appointed as head of the vocational training in Utrecht. In 2014 he was appointed as professor of General Practice at the University Medical Center in Utrecht.
His main focus is on education in general practice. Integration of evidence based medicine (EBM) in the vocational training program is a subject of special interest. For full integration it is needed that there is a proper teach the teacher program. Collaboration with the research team in general practice will facilitate this process. Further he will facilitate courses among trainees of different medical specializations to promote collaboration.
His research focuses on the treatment of otitis media and upper respiratory tract infections in children. Next to the effects of antibiotics there are ongoing projects on treatment of symptoms of otitis media and upper respiratory tract infections. Further there is an ongoing search for prognostic factors for these medical problems. He also is involved in research on medical education. Ongoing projects are the selection procedure for the vocational training in general practice and EBM in the vocational training.
He is co-author of professional guidelines and Cochrane reviews on otitis media and colorectal blood loss. He is member of the editorial board of the ‘Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde’ and the Cochrane group ‘acute respiratory infections’. From 2003 until 2007 he was member of the editorial board of ‘Huisarts en Wetenschap’. From 2007 until 2011 he was member of the Commission Pharmaceutical Help (CFH) of the Health Care Insurance Board (CVZ). From 2014 he is a member of the Registration Board of Medical Specialists (RGS).
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