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The SAAHE podcast is a showcase for the Conversations in HPE series where we talk about academia and research in the context of health professions education. You can see our previous episodes here and our upcoming conversations listed below.


nominate someone

If you’d like to nominate someone who you think is doing good work in South African health professions education, or you have a suggestion for a topic you’d like to learn more about, use the contact page to get in touch.

install your podcast app

You can either listen to each episode here on the website or subscribe to the podcast via your favourite podcast app, which will need to be installed on your phone.

iPhones come with one pre-installed and you can choose from a variety of options on Android devices.

  1. Install your podcast app.
  2. Open the podcast app and search for “SAAHE”.
  3. Subscribe to the podcast.
  4. Download any of the episodes for offline listening.

Previous episodes

  • Susan van Schalkwyk (Building networks and getting funding)
  • Lakshini McNamee (PhD study on identity and the personal aspirations of newly qualified doctors)
  • Jose Frantz (Becoming a researcher)
  • Francois Cilliers (Francois is the current president of SAAHE)
  • Julie Blitz (Julia is the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University)


30 Jun: Running effective workshops – The workshop process

This episode discusses the process of running the workshops, which are considered to be critical to achieving the outcomes of the training, and offers practical tips for running a more successful workshop process. It covers structure, resources, atmosphere, ground rules, learning activities and facilitation.

23 Jun: Running effective workshops – Common workshop challenges

This episode focuses on some of the process challenges that were experienced in running workshops and shares ideas for how these can be addressed. It discusses dealing with a mix of skills levels and backgrounds, dominant personalities, offensive opinions, irrelevant questions, and questions that are beyond the ability of the workshop facilitator to answer.

16 Jun: Running effective workshops – Preparation of facilitators

This episode discusses bringing new facilitators on board, preparing them for the role and sharing feedback with them. It discusses the importance of addressing anxieties that new facilitators may have while ensuring they understand the educational philosophy, how they can be eased into their role, and the importance of feedback.

06 Jun: #8 Building a career in HPE with Vanessa Burch

In this wide-ranging conversation, Vanessa and I discuss her 25 years in health professions education and research. We look at the changes that have taken place in the domain over the past 5-10 years and how this has impacted the opportunities available for South African health professions educators in the early stages of their careers.