Update – 2014 SAAHE conference in Cape Town

I thought I’d write a little progress update on the SAAHE conference, just in case you’re considering registering but hadn’t made up your mind. If you’ve been following on the mailing list, then there’s probably nothing new here for you.

The SAAHE conference is perhaps the largest annual gathering of health professions educators on the continent, represented by academics, researchers and clinicians from many of the higher education institutions in the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share insights, research findings and experiences with colleagues who are passionate about teaching and learning in the context of health care.

We’re really excited to announce that our mobile app is coming along nicely. This is the first year that we’re actively promoting the use of mobile devices for our delegates to keep up-to-date with the conference proceedings. The app runs on all mobile devices, as well desktop and laptop machines, so no-one is left out. It’s not quite ready to be published yet, but here’s a sneak peak.

Mobile conference app running on an iPad.
Mobile conference app running on an iPad.

We’re also really pleased that, for the first time in SAAHE’s history, we are having a South African keynote speaker along with our international speakers. Steve Reid joins Debbie Murdoch-Eaton and Jason Frank, along with the winner of the SAAHE Distinguished Educator award (still be announced), in the lineup of keynote presenters.

This year the conference will be held off campus at the DoubleTree Hotel, due to planned renovations that would make hosting on site logistically complicated. The hotel is a great venue, conveniently located near the city and also able to provide accommodation to out of town delegates.

Entrance lobby at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Entrance lobby at the DoubleTree Hotel.

If you are interested in attending the SAAHE conference, please visit our information page, or contact the conference manager, Debbie Rorich, for additional details. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 SAAHE conference in Cape Town.

New National Executive elected

Dear SAAHE Members

It is a singular pleasure for me to announce the newly elected National Executive for SAAHE.

  • National Chairperson:   Gert van Zyl (Central)
  • National Secretary:         Hesta Friedrich-Nel (Central)
  • National Treasurer:        Veena Singaram (KZN)

These elections were managed by a former councillor, Professor Trish McInerney, from Wits in an independent process. This process is the first time the elections were conducted with all regional representatives on council equally eligible to stand for these offices. A formal amendment will be tabled at the AGM during conference later this year. We had approved this process at the previous National Council meeting following the discussions held at the meeting during SAAHE conference in Durban 2013.

The remainder of the National Council, some of whom have been newly confirmed, is made up as follows:

  • Central                                Alwyn Hugo (Free State; additional delegate)
  • Eastern Cape                    Prof R.D. Walker (Rhodes), Prof Ilse Truter (NMMU)
  • KwaZuluNatal                  Fraasia Oosthuizen (UKZN)
  • Northern                            Ruan Kruger (NWU), Lionel Green-Thompson (Wits)
  • Western Cape                  Elize Archer (Stellenbosch), Francois Cilliers (UCT; additional delegate), Michael Rowe (UWC)

Hearty congratulations to the three newly elected National executive members! I have no doubt that your willingness to serve this growing education community will breathe fresh vigour into both SAAHE as an organisation and to the growing community of practice of health science educators.

Many thanks also to those who served on the outgoing executive: Professors Di Manning  (Pretoria) and Trish Mc Inerney (Wits) and Mr Chris Stein (University of Johannesburg).

May our SAAHE grow from strength to strength.

Kind regards,

SAAHE Distinguished Educator and Research awards

Update: The deadline for nominations has been extended to 11th March. Please ensure that your nominations are submitted by midnight.

The annual SAAHE distinguished educator award recognises an academic in health science education who has made a significant contribution either in teaching in the health sciences or who has contributed to the development of scholarship in the discipline of health science education. The award seeks to recognise excellence at a national level and to create awareness of what constitutes excellence in health science education.

It’s that time of year again when we are accepting nominations for the SAAHE Distinguished Educator and Research awards. Please download a nomination form below and let us know who you think is most deserving of this recognition.

The closing date for nominations is the 31st March, 2014 and winners will be announced at the 2014 conference. Please submit completed nomination forms to Michael Rowe (

Click on the links below to download the relevant forms:


2014 conference venue and accommodation

We were disappointed to find out that the only venue on campus that could accommodate the number of delegates expected at SAAHE would be closed for renovation during June. However, we were lucky enough to book a great venue with accommodation included, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Woodstock.

Hotel Lobby

Twin Deluxe Room

The DoubleTree Hotel is conveniently located near the city, with easy access to many attractions that you might want to visit when not participating in conference activities.

Please contact Debbie Rorich for additional information about the venue.

SAAHE 2014 Conference announcement


26-28 June

The theme for the 2014 conference is convergence><divergence, which we hope will stimulate delegates to explore the points of connection and departure from traditional health professionals education, as well as to develop collaborative partnerships that are cognisant of diversity.

The 2014 SAAHE conference is being hosted by the University of the Western Cape, in collaboration with CPT, UCT and Stellenbosch. For more information, go to

Important dates:

  • 24 October, 2013: First call for workshop proposals
  • 6 December, 2013: Deadline for workshop proposals
  • 30 December, 2013: Notification of workshop acceptance

For addtional details, please contanct Dr. Michael Rowe (, Chairperson of the 2014 Organising Committee.

SAAHE 2014 Conference: Call for workshop proposals

The deadline for submissions has passed. This call for workshop proposals is now closed.

We are proud to announce the call for workshop proposals for the SAAHE 2014 conference, hosted by the University of the Western Cape. We invite facilitators to submit proposals for workshops that explore the points of connection and departure from traditional health professionals education, and collaborative partnerships that are cognisant of diversity. The theme for the conference is Convergence / Divergence and we therefore encourage the submission of proposals that examine how we can work together in health professionals education for better health outcomes in the nation. For more information on the 2014 conference, go to

WC Journal club: Clinical reasoning skills

On Thursday, 6th June (2013), the Western Cape regional SAAHE committee hosted their first journal club of 2013 at the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University. The topic of the meeting was Clinical Reasoning and was presented by Professors Vanessa Burch (UCT) and Juanita Bezuidenhout (Stellenbosch).

We wanted to experiment with the use of technology to enable those who were unable to attend to also participate in some way. Unfortunately, we were unable to set up both the video or audio broadcast, and didn’t manage to record the audio for later download. However, we did get the Google Document set up, which enabled us to share the notes that were taken at the meeting. We hope that next time we’ll be able to add another aspect to the meeting that will further enable those who can’t attend to benefit from the group discussion – possibly a podcast of the audio. Please bear with us as we learn from our mistakes and continue to improve the service.

Here is the link to the shared document in Google Drive.


  • Braude, H. (2013). Human all too human reasoning: Comparing clinical and phenomenological intuition. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 38:173-189.
  • Charlin, B. et al. (2012). Clinical reasoning processes: Unravelling complexity through graphical representation. Medical Education, 46: 454-463.
  • Marcum, J. (2012). An integrated model of clinical reasoning: Dual process theory of cognition and metacognition. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 18: 954-961.