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Running effective workshops – Introduction and background

We’re very happy to cross-post a series of podcasts on how to run effective workshops that were presented during the SUNSTRIPE project of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University, as part of the Strengthening Interprofessional Education for HIV (STRIPE-HIV) project, which in turn represents a collaboration between the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

An important focus of the project across Africa was the delivery of STRIPE HIV Fundamentals workshops. The podcasts emerged from the experience of implementing these workshops in South Africa, to offer practical approaches, suggestions and ideas for facilitating effective workshops so as to make the most of the learning opportunities.

This episode provides an introduction to the STRIPE HIV workshops, their purpose and the educational approach. It discusses the reason for the workshops, the underlying educational principles, the uniqueness of the workshops, and the interprofessional nature of the training.

Future episodes will include:

  • The workshop process
  • Running small groups
  • Common workshop challenges
  • Preparation of facilitators

Podcast hosts

Marietjie de Villiers is Professor in Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa (SA). She has extensive leadership experience in medical and health professions education (HPE) having served as deputy dean at the FMHS for two terms, as President of the SA Academy of Family Physicians, Council member of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), and held executive positions on the Health Professions Council of SA and the Association of Medical Councils for Southern Africa. Prof de Villiers is the current President of the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth).

Ian Couper is Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health and Professor of Rural Health in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU), since 2016. This follows more than thirteen years at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), and in the North West Provincial Department of Health. He was the recipient of the 2014 SAAHE Distinguished Educator award. In 2018 he was awarded Fellowship of the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) for services to the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice.

Francois Coetzee is a family physician and the MBChB program coordinator of the Rural Clinical School in the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University. He has an interest in health professions education and longitudinal integrated clerkships. At present, he is studying an MPhil in health professions education, lives in Worcester, South Africa and enjoys mountain biking.

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