The Professional Doctorate - a doctoral journey with a difference
Ellis, Mairghread JH
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Ellis, M. (2009) The Professional Doctorate - a doctoral journey with a difference, Podiatry Now, vol. 12, , pp. 22-24,
This paper aims to give an overview of the 'professional doctorate' and its special characteristics. Some of the differences between this and a traditional Doctor of Philosophy are considered, and a short reflection gives insight into the author's personal doctoral journey. The professional doctorate as a structured programme for experienced practitioners to develop and advance their practice is explored, with the interprofessional aspect of a cohort-based programme stressed as a positive factor in the student's journey. As reflection and reflexivity are embedded within the professional doctorate, it is seen as especially appropriate for current healthcare practice.