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Running effective workshops – Running small groups

This is the third of a series of 5 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).

This episode focuses on running small group discussions as an essential component of the workshops. It discusses setting up and managing the groups to maximise participation and learning, arranging facilitation and feedback, and adherence to ground rules.

Previous episodes included an introduction and the process of running workshops. Future episodes will include:

  • 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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