Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Professor Cees van der Vleuten

Professor of Education, Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Professor Cees van der Vleuten

Plenary - Progress Testing Utopia 

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the benefits of progress testing
  • A realization that we can do more together
  • An awareness that progress testing can replace other assessments


Cees has been at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands since 1982. In 1996 he was appointed Professor of Education and chair (until 2014) of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Since 2005 he has been the Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education. This graduate school offers master and PhD degrees in health sciences education to a wide variety of international students. He mentors many researchers in medical education and has supervised more than 80 doctoral graduate students. His primary expertise lies in evaluation and assessment. He has published widely in this domain, holds numerous academic awards, including several career awards. In 2005 he received John P. Hubbard Award for significant contribution to research and development of assessment of medical competence from the National Board of Medical Examiners in the US. In 2010 he received a Dutch royal decoration for the societal impact of his work and in 2012 the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education. He serves frequently as a consultant internationally. He holds honorary academic appointments in the Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Department of General Practice, Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide in Australia, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South-Africa and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the US. He is also the Director of the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA). A full CV can be found at: