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J.M. Monica van de Ridder, PhD

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Monica van de Ridder, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. After teacher training college, she received a Masters’ degree in Educational Sciences and a PhD in Medical Education both from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research interest is focused on giving and receiving feedback in clinical education. Faculty development is another area of her attention. Besides that, she loves to read, embroider and hike.



How Harvard-Macy course helped me to walk in my ancestors’ footsteps: taking on a job in the USA

In the Netherlands around 1890s, prospects for farmers were very poor. As a result, my grandfather’s uncles, Cees and Leen Schelling left their family farm in Goudswaard and immigrated to Sioux Center, Iowa, in 1893 and 1895, to start their futures as farmers in the United States. My great-great-grandfather gave Leen the advice to learn how to make cheese as preparation for working in the USA. They left without courses to help them prepare for a new future. Although they had a good network of family and friends at home, it was hard to contact them since there were no phones and mail was delivered by boat. What a different experience I had…

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Lisa Nash, DO


What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing.
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 9:09 PM
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Tante Betje.

Monica, wat interessant omdat tante Betje mijn Granny was. Love Ma.
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:10 PM
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