Walter started as a psychiatrist. In 2012 a career switch took place from research of the depressive disorders to research on medical education. As one of the founders of iMERR he became the first scientific director of iMERR. His research topic in medical education was especially technology enhanced learning.
Founding a research line within iMERR in the field of ICT and medical education. The group does research on instructional design in technology-enhanced learning, such as designs using blended learning, including serious games, simulations and videos within the medical curriculum. We received a grant together with Maastricht University from NWO/NRO Human Capital grant (Brain & Cogntion): Professional Games for Professional skills.
Another research project in collaboration with the LUMC is about the use of augmented reality in learning.
Medical education should be based on scientific evidence, it should be evidence based medical education. This is comparable to patient care, the core business of most doctors trained in medical education. In this way we can create an educational program for safe patient care and well being of our students/residents.
Being the scientific director of iMERR for 8 years you can contact me about the different research lines within iMERR and on leading a scientific institute.