A Theoretical and Empirical Study of the Core of the Psychosomatic Approach to Obstetrics and Gynecology: Meta-Competences, Clinical Roles, and POG Competency Profiles

  • Frits C. Meijering
  • Harry B. M. van de Wiel
  • K. Marieke Paarlberg


The professional roles that are relevant for all clinicians are summarized in the CanMEDS model. Their relevance lies in the behavioral repertoire associated with the various roles; these behaviors can be used to deal with a variety of complex problems in a wide range of situations. The advantage of the clusters of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that go with these behaviors is that they are universal. Communication, collaboration, etc., transcend specialties and disciplines. They are meta-competences that can be applied in equal measure by other professionals such as midwives and even by HR staff, managers, and executives.

For this chapter, our point of departure was the 2005 version of the CanMEDS. Because this model is constantly in flux, to a certain extent, the roles are also described on the basis of the 2015 draft version of CanMEDS 2015, in which the roles have been defined in even greater detail. We will distinguish the following seven roles: professional, collaborator, communicator, manager (also leader/organizer), scholar (also knowledge worker/tutor), health advocate (also innovator/ethicist/lawyer/quality manager), and medical expert.


CanMEDS roles framework CanMEDS competences Competences Meta-competences Core competences Clinical roles Psychosomatic approach Biopsychosocial model Educational architecture Educational philosophy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frits C. Meijering
    • 1
  • Harry B. M. van de Wiel
    • 2
  • K. Marieke Paarlberg
    • 3
  1. 1.NHL University of Applied ScienceDepartment of Social WorkGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Wenckebach InstituteUniversity of Groningen, University Medical Centre GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyGelre Hospitals, Apeldoorn LocationApeldoornThe Netherlands

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