Erik Driessen holds a master degree in educational science and a PhD in medical education. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty Health Medicine and Live Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at the Gifu Medical School in Japan. He is editor in chief of Perspectives on Medical Education.

Driessen is interested in evaluation and assessment. Especially topics like learning and assessment in the workplace, mentoring, and the use of portfolios for learning and assessment have his interest. Moreover, he is interested in education across different cultures. He publishes on these topics in different journals and books.

A part of his work is international: he mentors PHD students from diverse countries and he participates in a variety of international projects like consultancies and research projects in and outside of Europe.