Beyond the scientist: Carin Verlaat

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Where and when were you born?

Oosterhout (Noord-Brabant), in 1964

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in Nijmegen with my husband Marc and two kids, Koen and Saskia. Our oldest son Casper just moved to Utrecht.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I didn’t have a role model when I was very young. When I was AIOS pediatrics, Lieke Sanders was an inspiration. She is a good pediatrician with a warm heart for her patients and an excellent scientist.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

Besides that I’m not as smart as Lieke, I’m very satisfied with my job and my position as a staff member of the pediatric intensive care. The balance between professional life and personal (family) life is important to me.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

Together with colleagues from the emergency department, pediatrics, anesthesiology and Jeanette Vreman we created a multidisciplinary fast response team for critically ill children admitted to the emergency department. It has improved the care for these vulnerable patients a lot.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

I would like to decrease the incidence of adverse events. First step is an environment where one can learn from adverse events. I’m happy to see things have changed a lot over the last years. It’s more open nowadays.

For what can we wake you up?

Of course, this is my job: a very sick child in need for pediatric intensive care. Otherwise, I prefer to sleep undisturbed.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Spinning, hiking, photography, jazz music, cooking. All at quite low level, but it gives me fun and that’s what counts.

What is your biggest irritation?

Geert Wilders. Not only because of the haircut.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Difficult to choose between Barack Obama and George Clooney.... But it they aren’t available a dinner with my husband will do...


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