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Prof. Dr. Ir. Axel P.N. Themmen Ph.D.

Professor Experimental Endocrinology and Medical Education Erasmus MCiMERR/Department of Internal Medicine
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Biografische informatie

Axel Themmen has a MSc from Wageningen University (Molecular Life Sciences) and leads a research group in the Department of Internal Medicine at Erasmus MC.

Professor Experimental Endocrinology and Medical Education

He has a great interest in medical education. Besides teaching endocrinology, he has developed a pre-university course for excelling secondary school students (Junior Med School) and is the coordinator of the selection and admission of medical school students. He has served as the director of the Bachelor phase of the Erasmus MC medical school from 2007-2011. Axel Themmen is one of the co-founders of iMERR and his research interests include determinants of study success during medical school, the development and validation of selection instruments for medical school admission and residency programs.


  1. Urlings-Strop LC, Stijnen T, Themmen AP, Splinter TA. Selection of medical students: a controlled experiment. Med Educ. Feb 2009;43(2):175-183.
  2. Urlings-Strop LC, Themmen AP, Stijnen T, Splinter TA. Selected medical students achieve better than lottery-admitted students during clerkships. Med Educ. Oct 2011;45(10):1032-1040.
  3. Stegers-Jager KM, Cohen-Schotanus J, Splinter TA, Themmen AP. Academic dismissal policy for medical students: effect on study progress and help-seeking behaviour. Med Educ. Oct 2011;45(10):987-994.
  4. Stegers-Jager KM, Cohen-Schotanus J, Themmen AP. Motivation, learning strategies, participation and medical school performance. Med Educ. 2012;46(7):678-688.
  5. Stegers-Jager KM, Steyerberg EW, Cohen-Schotanus J, Themmen AP. Ethnic disparities in undergraduate pre-clinical and clinical performance. Med Educ. Jun 2012;46(6):575-585.
  6. Stegers-Jager KM, Cohen-Schotanus J, Themmen AP. The effect of a short integrated study skills programme for first-year medical students at risk of failure: A randomised controlled trial. Medical teacher. 2013;35(2):120-126.
  7. Stegers-Jager K, Themmen A. Dealing with diversity in medical education. Med Educ. Aug 2013;47(8):752-754.
  8. Urlings-Strop LC, Stegers-Jager KM, Stijnen T, Themmen AP. Academic and non-academic selection criteria in predicting medical school performance. Medical teacher. Jun 2013;35(6):497-502.
  9. Lucieer SM, Jonker L, Visscher C, Rikers RMJP, Themmen APN. Self-regulated learning and academic performance in medical education. Med. Teach. 2015. Available at:
  10. Lucieer SM, Stegers-Jager KM, Rikers RMJP, Themmen APN. Non-cognitive selected students do not outperform lottery-admitted students in the pre-clinical stage of medical school. Adv. Health Sci. Educ. Theory Pract. 2015. doi:10.1007/s10459-015-9610-4.
  11. Stegers-Jager KM, Steyerberg EW, Lucieer SM, Themmen AP. Ethnic and social disparities in performance on medical school selection criteria. Med. Educ. 2015;49(1):124–133.
  12. Stegers-Jager KM, Themmen AP. Dealing with diversity: stepping backwards to see the whole picture. Med. Educ. 2015;49(2):233.
  13. Stegers-Jager KM, Themmen APN. Binding study advice: effect of raising the standards? Perspect. Med. Educ. 2015. doi:10.1007/s40037-015-0180-1.


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