This year the SAAHE national conference will be jointly run by SAAHE and The Network / Towards Unity for Health. This meeting offers a wonderful opportunity, not only for South African health professions educators to come together and share their experiences, but to connect with international colleagues as well. The 2015 conference is the culmination of an exciting collaboration with The Network / TUFH and we are excited to see you all in Pretoria in a few months time.
Well, we’re almost ready to kick off (sorry, couldn’t resist) with SAAHE 2014 and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to update you on a few last minute items before we start.
The abstract book is now available for download. If you have registered for the conference, you should receive this by email. Please note that we will only have a limited number of printed copies of the abstract book at the venue, so if you do not receive the book by email in the next few hours, you should either download it here or view it through the conference app.
If you have not yet downloaded the conference programme, you can do so here. Note that the programme and abstract book are both available in the conference app, which you can install by searching for “saahe” in either the App store on iOS or Play store on Android. If you are viewing this page from your mobile device, clicking on the previous links will take you straight to the entry in the store). There is a lot of content available in the book, so we encourage you to use the bookmarking feature (see below), which allows you to bookmark abstracts that look interesting, and to which you might want to return. Touching the page number in the Bookmark menu – after pressing Edit – allows you to rename bookmarks so that they are relevant to you.
If you are unable to come to this year’s conference, we encourage you to follow events on Twitter, using the #saahe2014 hashtag. You can also see the live stream of tweets from within the conference app.
Finally, we’ve just found out that the hotel is giving us free, uncapped wifi for all delegates during the conference, so we’re also pretty excited about that.
And that’s it. If you’re traveling from far away (actually, if you’re traveling from anywhere) we wish you a safe journey and are looking forward to welcoming you in Cape Town for the 7th National SAAHE conference.
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.
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.
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.