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Centre for Health Professions Education

Staff

Director

susan.jpgProfessor Susan van Schalkwyk (PhD) is the Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education. A key component of her work is the provision of support for health professions education research in the faculty and in this role she conducts faculty development initiatives to support particularly young researchers towards publication. Over the past five years, she has served as educational advisor for the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI) and is currently conducting a five-year study investigating the clinical training of health care workers in rural contexts. Prof Van Schalkwyk has an established background in facilitating the professional education of academics in their teaching role. Other research interests include academic writing and postgraduate studies.

Tel: +27 21 938 9874
Fax: 27 21 938 9046
Email: scvs@sun.ac.za

 

Senior Secretary: CHPE

 Edwardene Marais.jpgMrs. Edwardene Marais is the Senior Secretary for the CHPE and provides administrative support to the Director and other senior personnel of the CHPE. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre as well as organising various workshops and seminars.

Tel: +27 21 938 9054 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: marais5678@sun.ac.za 


 


Administrative Coordinator: MPhil and PhD in Health Sciences Education

Lorraine.jpgMrs Lorraine Louw has a Medical Secretarial Certificate from Tygerberg Technical College and is the Administrative co-ordinator of the MPhil in HPE. She provides administrative and secretarial support to the MPhil and PhD students in HPE.

Tel: +27 21 938 9047 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: lhl@sun.ac.za



  Extended Degree Programme co-ordinator

Alwyn1.jpgDr Alwyn Louw (PhD) completed the MEd in Educational Leadership and Didactics (Stellenbosch University) in 1991, and his PhD in Agriculture Education (Stellenbosch University) in 2005. After being a lecturer in agriculture for eleven years, took up the current position of Coordinator of the Extended Degree programmes at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – based in the Centre for Health Professions Education. He developed a keen interest in Health Sciences Education since his appointment in 2007. He was the first Stellenbosch University fellow to complete the Sub-Sahara FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) fellowship since its establishment in 2008.

Except for being coordinator of the Extended Degree Programme, he also acts as chair of the Interprofessional Phase (1ste semester of the 1st year), chair of Phase I of the MB,ChB programme, student support for 1st year students, and is also a lecturer in the MPhil programme of the Centre for Health Professions Education. He is also the head of residence of Huis Francie van Zijl since 2013.

Tel: +27 21 938 9389 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: ajn@sun.ac.za


Educational advisor

Lakshini1.jpgDr Lakshini McNamee relocated from Durban to join CHPE as an Educational Advisor in September 2016. Her husband is of Italian-Irish decent, hence the Irish surname 'McNamee', and they came to live in South Africa during the late 1980s. She began her career in Medical Biochemistry and was first employed at a Clinical Chemistry Laboratory in Harare, Zimbabwe. She then joined Forensic Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she subsequently developed a keen interest in Health Professions Education, through her active involvement in curriculum design, facilitation of small group PBL tutorials with undergraduate medical students, and conducting medical education research. She discovered a passion for growing 'good doctors' and completed a MEd (Higher Education) cum laude in 2008. Lakshini is a FAIMER-SAFRI Fellow of 2009; she has served as SAFRI Faculty since 2014 and been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. She holds a PhD in Higher Education; her thesis consists of a narrative study, focusing on the learning processes and the identity construction of newly qualified doctors. It is her express goal to disseminate insight generated by this study in the form of some interesting scholarly articles in the near future.

Tel: +27 21 938 9495

Fax: 27 21 938 9046 

Email:  mcnameel@sun.ac.za

 

Educational advisor

Ms Mariette Volschenk joined the CHPE in April 2015 as educational advisor. Her key focus areas include providing educational support for the implementation of the FMHS graduate attributes within programmes, and facilitating the development of a longitudinal portfolio to promote integration of the graduate attributes in the MB,ChB programme. She also teaches in the MPhil in Health Professions Education programme. Mariette is a registered professional nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Neonatal Nursing Science and Nursing Education. She was the first candidate to complete the MPhil in HPE programme at SU (2009, Cum Laude). She was previously employed as a clinical facilitator in the private sector, where she was responsible for clinical teaching and accompaniment of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students, as well as programme development.

Tel: +27 21 938 9447 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 

Email:  mvolschenk@sun.ac.za


Educational advisor

Jean Farmer.png

Ms Jean Lee Farmer is an advisor CTL (Centre for Teaching and Learning – main campus – www0.sun.ac.za/ctl) and works for the CHPE two days a week. She graduated from UWC (BA.Hons and from Stellenbosch University (Mphil Intercultural Communication in Linguistics). She is currently busy with her PhD in Higher Education: Curriculum Studies. Her main research interest is academics' experiences of teaching and learning in the higher education context and her study focuses is on black women in the HE context. In her previous life she was a nursing student at UWC and Tygerberg Hospital, a high school teacher as well as part-time
lecturer, tutor and writing consultant at SU. She has served on the national HELTASA awards committee for the past five years and the TAU teaching fellowship committee since its inception in 2014. Jean has a special interest in development of teaching portfolios for lecturers. She is the contact person in the faculty for main campus activities such as PREDAC (for lecturers new to the SU context) and FIRLT / FINLO (Fund for innovation and research in learning and teaching – see the CTL website under Awards and Grants)
 
Tel: 27 (0)21 808 2956 / 021 938 9832                                                                     

Simulation and Clinical Skills Unit (SCSU)

Manager

Elize.jpgDr Elize Archer is a Critical Care Nurse by training. She graduated from the University of the Free State (BSocSc Nursing) and Stellenbosch University (BSocSc Hons in Critical Care Nursing) and previously worked in private and government hospitals where she was largely responsible for bedside teaching of Critical Care or critical care nursing students. Elize completed her Masters in Higher Education in 2008 and is currently busy with her PHD in Health Professions Education.  The focus of this research is patient-centeredness in undergraduate medical students.  Since Elize joined the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 she is the manager of the Clinical Skills Centre; and from January 2015 she holds a senior lecturer post. She heads a team of four registered nurses who mainly presents a formalized clinical skills curriculum to the undergraduate MB,ChB practical curriculum. She is responsible for the teaching and assessment of several clinical skills modules in the Clinical Skills Centre.

Tel: +27 21 938 9647
Fax: 27 21 938 9858
Email: elize@sun.ac.za

 

Clinical Tutor

Sr Bronwen Espen, a registered Critical Care nurse, joined the clinical skills centre in 2009. She is responsible for late clinical rotation teaching in the MB,ChB programme and the Introduction to Emergency Medicine in 4th year. Her main interests are using simulation scenarios for teaching communication skills and teamwork. She is currently registered as an MPhil inHPE student at SU.

Tel: +27 21 938 9935
Fax: 27 21 938 9858
Email: bespen@sun.ac.za

 

 

Clinical Tutor

charmaine.jpgMs Charmaine van der Merwe joined the Clinical Skills Centre in April 2014, where she is responsible for various teaching and learning activities. She graduated from Stellenbosch University (BCur) and University of Johannesburg (Post graduate diploma Critical Care Nursing), and is currently busy with an MPhil in Higher Education at SU. She previously worked as a registered critical care nurse in various private hospitals, and also as an educator at a private nursing institution.

Tel: +27 21 938 9830 
Fax: 27 21 938 9858 
Email: cvandermerwe@sun.ac.za

 

Laboratory assistant

Anna Skotz.jpgMs Anna Skotz is a Laboratory assistant in the Clinical Skills Centre.

Tel: +27 21 938 9633 
Fax: 27 21 938 9858 
Email: askotz@sun.ac.za


 


 

Unit for Learning Technologies (FMHS) 

Manager

janus.jpgMr Janus van As graduated from the University of Gloucestershire (MBA) and University of Pretoria (BSc Hons in Plant Science, BEd FET natural science) and previously worked at the University of Pretoria where he worked in curriculum development and blended learning. He joined the University of Stellenbosch in 2015 and opened the Unit for Learning Technologies. His research interests are in learning technologies, curriculum development and organisational change. He has presented at local and international conferences and teaches part of the leadership module for the MPhil in Health Professions Education

Tel: +27 21 938 9160 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: janus@sun.ac.za

 

Senior Advisor

Lianne.pngMs Lianne Keiller is a Senior advisor at CLT (Centre for Learning Technologies – main campus) works for the CHPE, 1 day a week. She has an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy (UWC) and a Masters in Health Sciences Education (US).  She is currently busy with her PhD in Health Professions Education (HPE). Her main research interest is in Blended Learning and her study focuses on the adoption of blended learning in health professions education. Lianne completed a fellowship in HPE and leadership through the Sub-Saharan Africa FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and is a member of the SAFRI faculty and executive committee. She works closely with the MPhil in HPE team as one of the facilitators in the Teaching and Learning module and has been the e-learning module chair for 2 years following a period of serving as the module co-chair.

She has a special interest in facilitating teaching and learning with the use of technology where applicable as part of an evidence-based approach. As a former lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy and member of FMHS committees and teaching teams, Lianne continues to have a passion for HPE and the enhancement of teaching and learning in the FMHS. Through collaboration with lecturers and the Unit for Learning Technologies, Lianne aims to expand the research capacity of the FMHS in the field of blended learning. This will be achieved through consultation sessions with lecturers in the FMHS to identify and facilitate the development of research projects relating to the use of technology in teaching and learning. She is also the contact person for the Blended Teaching and Learning Short Course (offered to all lecturers at the University) and manages the Lecturer Support component for the University's strategic ICT project.

Tel: +27 21 8084950

Email: lkeiller@sun.ac.za

Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies

 

Blended Learning Coordinator


 
Alex.jpgMr Alex Keiller an electronics technician by trade, he has worked as a technical officer in various fields. Alex is currently the Blended Learning Coordinator for the faculty and co-facilitates on the Blended Learning Short Course and the iSpring Workshop. He services includes assisting lecturers with Blended Learning initiatives, Curriculm Design and SUNLearn support, as a member of the SUNLearn Support Team. He enjoys working on projects that involve both people and technology.  
Tel: +27 21 938 9190 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: avkeiller@sun.ac.za


Learning Technologies Technician 

Darryl.jpgMr Darryl Pinetown captures undergraduate and post graduate lectures in podcast form at Tygerberg Medical Campus. He also provides training to lecturers on how to make use of the e-learning tools such as Techsmith Relay to create sustainable lecture resources to be used for teaching and learning. He is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Faculty's Resources Website fmhspod.sun.ac.za

Tel: +27 21 938 9190 
Fax: 27 21 938 9046 
Email: pinetown@sun.ac.za

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