The third annual conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) was held July 22-24 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, themed “Making Education Matter,” focused on health professions education and health care delivery, and attracted local and regional experts as well as guests from the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Discussions centered on the impact that good health science education has on improving patient care. During this year’s conference, SAAHE hosted the first Distinguished SAAHE Educator lecture, presented by Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her address, “Primary Health Care—How Far Have We Come?” challenged conference attendees to rethink some of their approaches to the education of health science professionals as a means of enhancing primary health care. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., was one of six keynote speakers, and more than 30 FAIMER Fellows from SAFRI and the FAIMER Institute were among the conference presenters. Rachel Weiss (SAFRI 2009) won first prize for her poster “The PIL Project: Doctors and the Language of Design,” based on her SAFRI innovation project. For more information on the SAAHE 2010 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/Conferences/SAAHE/.
On May 11 and 12, 2010, Stellenbosch University held its fourth annual Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, hosted by the university’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. The goal of the conference was to explore all facets of teaching and learning at Stellenbosch University in an “open, supportive, and intellectually stimulating atmosphere,” as well as to highlight the work of recipients of awards from the Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching. Conference participants were encouraged to share best practices, research findings, and new ideas about teaching and learning; to engage in debate about teaching and learning methods, trends, and goals; and to celebrate teaching and learning at Stellenbosch.
Among the keynote speakers at the conference was Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Co-director and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Burch’s well-received address was entitled “The Scholarship of Teaching: My Own Experience.”
SAFRI 2009 Fellow Johan Dempers was awarded the prize for best presentation at the conference for his provocative work entitled “Hey Tarantino, Show Me Your Pituitary!” Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005) was one of the co-authors. She was also a member of a plenary panel discussion on “New Frontiers: Taking Teaching Forward,” held at the end of the conference, and she gave an analysis of scholarship at the conference.
Other FAIMER and SAFRI fellows participating in the conference were Francois Cilliers (PHIL 2004), Alwyn Louw (SAFRI 2008), and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006).
The first residential session of the 2010 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 3-9, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Gboyega Ogunbanjo. The 2010 SAFRI Fellows are:
Susan Achora, B.Sc., M.Sc., R.N., Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda
Tahra Al-Mahdi, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan
Melanie Alperstein, B.Soc.Sc., Nursing PG Dip., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Alan Barnard, M.B.Ch.B., M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Hoffie Conradie, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Hester Julie, M.P.H., R.N., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Solomon Lubinga, M.Sc., B.Pharm., Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda
Farai Madzimbamuto, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
Clemence Marimo, D.D.S., M.Ch.D., University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Sindisiwe Mthembu, M.D., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Ismat Mutwali, M.B.B.S., M.D., Alzaeim Alazhari University, Khartoum, Sudan
Catherine Mwesigwa, B.D.S., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Scovia Nalugo, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.P.P.M., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Carmen Oltmann, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Angelika Reinbrech-Schutte, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Michael Rowe, B.Sc., M.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
The first residential session of the 2009 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 5–10, 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Gboyega Ogunbanjo. The 2009 SAFRI Fellows are:
Mohamed Abdelrahman, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan
Ezera Agwu, B.Sc., Kampala International University, Bushenyi, Uganda
Wilfred Arubaku, B.D.S., Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda
Ephraim Dafiewhare, M.B.B.S., Kampala International University, Bushenyi, Uganda
Johan Dempers, M.B.Ch.B., FC Path, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mubuuke Gonzaga, B.Sc., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Felicia Mazwi, R.N., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Lakshini McNamee, B.Sc., M.Ed., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Nyengo Mkandawire, M.B.B.S., University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
Safinah Museene, B.Sc., R.N., Kibuli School of Nursing, Kampala, Uganda
Velaphi Ndimande, M.B.Ch.B., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa
Alfeu Passanduca, M.D., Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Paul Pensulo, Dip. Med., University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi
Julia Schurgers, B.Sc., University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Rachel Weiss, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
(posted March 3, 2009; updated March 15, 2009, May 20, 2009)
More than 20 FAIMER Institute alumni from five African countries (South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia) and four FAIMER faculty members (from the United States, United Kingdom, and Malaysia) joined the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows at the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) meeting of about 300 health professions educators at Stellenbosch University on June 19-21, 2008. A total of 22 posters and oral presentations were presented by 13 FAIMER alumni (indicated below in bold):
Bezuidenhout J, Young G. The odyssey of the critical professional. SAAHE 2008:52.
Burch V and FAIMER. Clinical practice intentions of African-trained medical students – a case study of 10 medical schools. SAHHE 2008:54
Cameron D. Breaking bad news – can the film, Wit, help students to reflect on the complexities of dying? SAAHE 2008:55.
Van Wyk JM, McKinley D, Burch V, Cameron D, Cilliers F. The effect of gender on physicians’ career intentions: a report from South Africa. SAAHE 2008:168.
Hugo JFM, van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D. Mentoring consultation skills through a structured assessment. SAAHE 2008:73.
Blitz JJ, Cameron D, van Rooyen M, Hugo JFM. Action learning for curriculum development. SAAHE 2008:127.
van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D, Hugo JFM. Student behaviour informs learning opportunities: HIV exposure incidents. SAAHE 2008:165.
Cilliers FJ, Adendorff HJ, Bitzer EM, Herman N, Schuwirth LWT, van der Vleuten CPM. Assessment impacts on learning, you say? Please explain how. SAAHE 2008:58.
Cameron NA, van Heerden BB, Cilliers FJ, van Zyl ME. Medical student electives: how do they compare with other learning opportunities? SAAHE 2008:128.
deVilliers MR, van Heusden M, van Heerden B. Evaluation of the clinical progress interventions for medical students not demonstrating academic progress. SAAHE 2008:60.
Louw AJN, Gerber MF, Meyer CJ, Strijdom JG, Cameron N, Beukes S, van Heerden BB, van Heusden M. New interdisciplinary foundation phase for health sciences at Stellenbosch University. SAAHE 2008:81.
van Heerden BB, Aldrich CA, du Plessis SA, Jemwa GT, de Jager R, Louw AJN. Predicting student success in the first year of a medical curriculum using neural network analysis. SAAHE 2008:111.
Wilson van Aarde NW, Bouhuijs P, Conradie HH, Rueter H, van Heerden BB, Marais BJ. Perceived educational value of a rural clinical rotation for medical students. SAAHE 2008:114.
Higgins-Opitz SB, McLean M, van Wyk J, Moodley K, Naidoo SS. Final year medical students: perceptions of the practice of medicine. SAAHE 2008:72.
Kwizera EN. Post-graduate training preferences of Walter Sisulu University medical graduates. SAAHE 2008:78.
Garcia-Jardon ME, Blanco-Blanco EV, Kwizera EN, Stepien A, Vasaikar S. Correlation between continuous assessment, final exam and final mark for MB ChB at Walter Sisulu University. SAAHE 2008:135.
Kiguli SK. Addressing the gaps in paediatrics clinical clerkship through south to south collaboration. SAAHE 2008:142.
Kiguli-Malwadde EK. Learning radiology in the problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University. SAAHE 2008:143.
Mbakwem AC, Oke DA, Ajuluchukwu JNA, Amadi CA, Adanijo MO, Ajoku N. Assessment of medical students’ attitude to the introduction of communication and counseling skills training. SAAHE 2008:146.
Oviasu E, Omeumu CE. Clinical skills evaluation in a resource constrained Nigerian environment. SAAHE 2008:155.
Raji Y, Ajani RS, Shittu OI. Admission scores and students’ performance in preclinical examinations. SAAHE 2008:161.
van Rooyen M. Prof, I’m tired and stressed! SAAHE 2008:167.
In addition, 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Christina Tan, M.B.B.S., was invited by the SAAHE Organising Committee to deliver one of the plenary lectures, entitled “Assessing the Assessors.” The following comments from 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos, illustrate the usefulness of FAIMER’s support in advancing the field of health professions education: “The meeting in South Africa was quite rich in content. For me there was a deepening of some of the concepts which are quite new for those of us not so versed in medical education. The mix of international speakers allowed one to see the two sides of the coin on some of the burning issues in training or assessment methods and then pitch your tent when you decide on what makes sense to you and will work in your environment. I presented a part of my project and … had interesting comments and questions from other participants. I hope to develop the manuscript and come along with it during our second session to get some more comments. Also, contacts and links to other health educators in South Africa and likelihood of collaborative work were made. Also we gleaned some information as to how SAFRI was being run which we could piggy-back on when WAFRI [West Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute] takes off. There is also the social aspect to it. It was so nice meeting the South African FAIMER fellows again. Also I could put faces to some of the listserv contributors from that region.”
(posted September 3, 2008; updated October 3, 2008)
FAIMER Institute faculty member Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., has been named Professor and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town.
A 2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Burch has been a member of the FAIMER Institute faculty since 2005. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent two years as a Global Faculty Advisor. She also serves as Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, which began in February of this year.
The newest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes, the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was launched in mid-February. SAFRI, FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa, is piloting a program configuration that includes three residential contact sessions over the course of the two-year fellowship. The second residential session will take place in June of this year, and the third will take place in March 2009. In addition to participants from medical schools, the inaugural SAFRI class includes representatives from schools of physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, and laboratory sciences. Two of the Fellows are from Uganda and one is from Zambia, with the rest from South Africa. The same interactive teaching methods used at other Regional Institutes were used in South Africa, with great success. Faculty at the February session of SAFRI included seven FAIMER Fellows. Five additional FAIMER Fellows will participate as faculty at the June session.
The following is a list of participating SAFRI Fellows:
Gerda Botha, University of Limpopo, South Africa
François de Villiers, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Christian Ezeala, Kampala International University, Uganda
Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Alwyn Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Lastina Lwatula, Ministry of Health, Zambia
Samuel Maling, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
Karien Mostert, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Gloria Mtshali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nirmala Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Franciscus Peters, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Glynis Pickworth, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Saraswathi Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Anna Voce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
(posted February 22, 2008; updated March 7, 2008, March 17, 2008, April 30, 2008)
Faculty representing six of the eight medical schools in South Africa, including five FAIMER Fellows, as well as a FAIMER Fellow from Uganda, representing the anticipated development of an East Africa FAIMER Regional Institute, came together on November 6-7 in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss plans for a Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) for health professions educators. Attendees discussed the existing strengths of health professions education in Southern Africa, as well as key areas in which they feel it can be changed and improved. Goals of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, developed by participants at the meeting, will include deepening faculty knowledge and skills in leadership, planning and policy development, program evaluation, student assessment, learning and teaching methods in resource-limited environments, and education research. In addition, an important outcome of SAFRI will be greater funding and promotion of health professions education in Southern Africa.
The Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute is expected to begin in May 2008. Interested individuals should monitor the FAIMER website for additional information, which will be released as it becomes available.