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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.


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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)


04 Feb: #7 Game based learning with Simone Titus

In this episode of the SAAHE podcast I speak to Simone Titus about her PhD research project on the use of game-based learning. Simone talks about how this approach can lead to improved student engagement and collaboration, as well as some of the challenges she faced. She also describes how she wrote her final thesis, including the final year in Dublin with a mobility funding grant.

25 Oct: The hard task of assessing “soft” skills: Notes from a regional seminar

On the 12th of September, the Western Cape SAAHE regional committee hosted a half-day seminar on the topic of assessing…

13 Jun: #6 – A humanistic pedagogy for student support

In this episode, I talk to Dr Mpho Jama about how a humanistic pedagogy could be key to facilitating student success through enhanced support. She suggests that it is in the human relationships between teachers and students that we must look to provide higher, more subtle levels of support for students.

01 Mar: #5 – A critical pedagogy for online learning, with Michael Rowe

In order to graduate physiotherapy students who are able to thrive in increasingly complex health systems, professional educators must move away from instrumental, positivist ideologies that disempower both students and lecturers. While the potential for pedagogical transformation via the integration of digital technology is significant, we must be critical of the idea that technology is neutral and be aware that our choices concerning tools and platforms have important implications for practice.

28 Jan: #4 – Case based learning, with Corne Postma

In this episode I speak to Corné Postma from the University of Pretoria. We discuss his PhD research where he looked at the use of case-based learning to develop clinical reasoning in undergraduate Dentistry students. Corné used both quantitative and qualitative data to determine that students’ clinical reasoning ability improved after using a case-based approach to learning.

06 Dec: #3 – Standard setting, with Scarpa Schoeman

In this episode of the SAAHE podcast I speak to Prof. Scarpa Schoeman, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Wits Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, where he leads and directs the Graduate Entry Medical Programme. Scarpa and I talk about the (almost) universal pass mark (cut score) of 50% and the problems with this as a standard. We also discuss possible alternatives to standard setting that take into account the validity and reliability of the assessment scores, as well the difficulty of the test.