2009 Fellow Profiles

2009 Fellow Profiles


Mohamed Abdelrahman

I am a surgeon by training, with a membership from the Royal College of Surgeons & a Clinical MD in Surgery 2008. I was born on the 6th of March 1977 in Khartoum and received most of my education in the schools there. I graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Khartoum in 2002.

As I have a passion for tutoring and am really interested in medical education, I joined the University of Khartoum teaching staff as Lecturer, Self-evaluation Directorate and became Head, Students Assessment Unit. I also acquired a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2006.

I love working in teams and have great respect for different cultures and nationalities. As a result, I have been able to participate in different conferences (as an organizer or attendee) and organizational work. Also, I give some of my time to charity organizations, e.g., 99199 Children Cancer Hospital Association, in an attempt to improve the quality of health in different aspects of medicine throughout the country.

I have just gotten married, and I like swimming and information technology.


Ezera Agwu

I am Ezera Agwu, a Nigerian lecturer on medical microbiology. I trained as a medical microbiologist at the undergraduate level at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and at the graduate level at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria. I was with Ambrose Alli University before being hired by Kampala International University, Uganda, as Lecturer, Medical Microbiology in 2005. Presently I am Head, Department of Medical Microbiology at the Western Campus of Kampala International University. My research interest is opportunistic tropical diseases associated with HIV/AIDS, with particular emphasis on yeast infection and neglected tropical diseases associated with HIV/AIDS.

I am gladly married to a lawyer, “Barr Queen Ezera,” and we are blessed with a boy, Joseph Ezera. My hobbies include praying and playing with my family.


Wilfred Arubaku

I was born 28/11/1969; however, I’m not sure what time of day I was delivered or under what kind of weather conditions, but more likely dry season since November is mainly dry in my home town. I am the first born in a family of ten siblings (six boys and four girls). I then went to various schools before I finally ended up in a university called Makerere Medical School, for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from 1993-1998. I finally graduated in 1999. I worked from 2000 to 2002 in a regional hospital in the northern region of Uganda, and then later got an appointment in Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Meanwhile, in 2006-2007, I went to the United Kingdom on a commonwealth scholarship to pursue an M.Sc. in oral pathology. I am married to Christine Acio, a nursing graduate, and we have three children. My hobbies are watching football during my free time, reading the Bible, and debating political issues. I also love to travel because I learn many new things.


Johan Dempers

My name is Johan Dempers, a forensic pathologist attached to Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. I was very lucky to be admitted for the postgraduate degree in pathology at the same university where I attained my medical degree. I have been working as a forensic pathologist in the same department for approximately six years now. I believe that the only way to perpetuate good medical practice is to develop teaching to such an extent that knowledge is not only imparted, but that the student has a deep understanding of the principles involved. I do believe this is also what inspired Hippocrates to include an undertaking to teach students in the Hippocratic Oath.

I was responsible for developing the undergraduate forensic pathology training curriculum until 2008. This year I have taken over the development of the postgraduate curriculum, in which much work still needs to be done.

As a state appointed pathologist, teaching medical students is a labour of love. I do, however, believe that training students also improves the level of my practice, as it forces me to reevaluate my knowledge on an ongoing basis.

I am chairperson of the so-called “golden thread” module for undergraduate students as of 2009. This module sees to the incorporation of generic skills such as ethics, communication skills and information technology into all aspects of the undergraduate training programme. I am extremely excited about piloting this very exciting concept at the  Stellenbosch University medical school.


Dafiewhare O. Ephraim

I am Dafiewhare O. Ephraim, a family physician. I trained as a medical doctor at University of Benin, Benin City, and proceeded to specialize in family medicine from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (Associate Fellow) and the West African College of Physicians (Member). I remained in clinical practice in different hospitals in Nigeria until October 2006 when I was sponsored to go to Uganda by the Federal Government of Nigeria on a bilateral Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Programme between Nigeria and Uganda. The Government of Uganda posted me to Kampala International University (KIU). KIU seconded me to Kampala International University medical students and other paramedics. I am the pioneer Head of General Outpatient Department (KIUTH) and pioneer head of a the Family Medicine Department at KIU. I am now working on developing the Family Medicine Department and introducing a family medicine training curriculum into the undergraduate training of the medical school. This will be the first time that an undergraduate family medicine curriculum will be introduced into undergraduate training of medical students in Uganda. I am married to an educationist and blessed with three children who are all in primary school now.


Mubuuke Gonzaga

I am Mubuuke Gonzaga, and I trained in Medical Radiography at Makerere University, graduating in 2006. Immediately after graduation, I joined the Faculty of Medicine at Makerere University as a Teacher Up-to-date. I am a member of the Faculty Assessment Task Force currently. I am interested in leadership, teaching and research. I am a new Fellow—what a great opportunity I have to meet many different people. My expectation of this fellowship is to become a better medical educator, researcher, and leader with new knowledge to help my faculty. I just recently got married. Outside my usual work, I enjoy reading, making friends, and watching soccer (especially when Liverpool is playing).


Felicia Mazwi

My name is Felicia Mazwi, and I am a nurse by profession. I trained as an undergraduate nurse in Livingstone Hospital and through the University of South Africa I got my senior and postgraduate degree in nursing, majoring in nursing education. I have worked in almost all the wards at Frere. Then I moved to Nursing College as a Lecturer and later as Deputy College Head with the responsibility of curriculum development, with an emphasis on community-based education as a form of social accountability and responsibility for institutions of higher learning. I am also responsible for having a curriculum that is responsive to society’s needs.

From 1998-2001, I was a fellow at the University of Illinois, where the emphasis was on development and sustainability of community/university partnerships.

Currently I am working as a Training Manager for the Eastern Cape Regional Training Center based at Walter Sisulu University. My major task is facilitating curriculum development, teaching and learning materials for all health care workers in the Eastern Cape who are managing HIV/AIDS clients, and also ensuring its inclusion in pre-service curriculum for both medical and nursing students.

I am widowed and have a grown-up son and a grandson, with lots of family friends, sisters, and brothers. I enjoy music and reading novels.


Lakshina McNamee

I was born Sri-Lankan and schooled across a few continents (countries included England, Sri-Lanka, Malawi and Zimbabwe). I am now a South African citizen by naturalisation. Possibly as a result of growing up in many different countries, I am firmly disinclined to “label” or “box” people according to their race or cultural background, a practice which is almost impossible to avoid here in S.A.!

My initial degree was in Biochemistry (Univeristy of Kent at Canterbury), following which I worked as a Medical Lab Tech in Zimbabwe and obtained a Diploma in Clinical Chemistry. I then married a South African (Irish / Italian mix) and came to work in the Department of Forensic Medicine in Durban 20 years ago and haven’t moved since!

Through involvement in an innovative problem-based learning curriculum at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), I became interested in medical education (a bit late in life). This led to my taking on a Masters in Education, which also enabled me to formally study the outcomes of autopsy learning. I would say I am most interested in any developmental aspects which lead to growing “good doctors” in a holistic sense.

I have one son who is now a 2nd year student of Music and Drama Performance at UKZN. Music, in rather diverse forms, is a passion of the whole family. I play the piano and sing (worship songs) though I would make a hopeless actor! I do aqua aerobics for exercise and cook a good bit of Italian food in my spare time.


Nyengo Chiswakhata Mkandawire

I play a leadership role in postgraduate training of SHOs and registrars in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. I did my postgraduate training through the Masters Degree programmes (MMed) in General Surgery and Orthopaedics in the College of Medicine; my fellowship programmes are the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the UK and the newly established College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The University of Malawi College of Medicine is also in the process of establishing a Faculty of Rehabilitation, and I am Chair of the taskforce setup to oversee the project. The college also has plans to start intercalated degrees in basic medical sciences. This is another area of my interest and will be part of my project in this fellowship programme.

I also have a leadership role in the training of orthopaedic clinical officers as a Clinical Director of the Malawi Orthopaedic Clinical Officer training programme. Orthopaedic clinical officers provide most of orthopaedic services in Malawi.

Being in a management position at the College of Medicine, I feel I would benefit from this programme by learning new skills in general management as well as skills specific to management of undergraduate and postgraduate medical training programmes. I feel very competent as a clinician, but I have always felt challenged with issues related to management.


Safinah Kisu Museene

I am married with three children. My first born is a senior this year, and the followers are going to primary five. I trained in Midwifery (URM) and qualified in 1992, Nursing (URN) in 1998, Diploma tutorship in 2002. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 2005 from Aga Khan University, and I have almost completed my Masters in Medical Education at Moi University in Kenya.I have worked with Mulago Hospital as a Midwife and as a Nurse. Now I am the Principal Tutor for Kibuli School of Nursing in Uganda. Briefly, that is me.


John Velaphi Ndimande

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine, University Of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus and a District Family Physician in the Tshwane Metsweding Region in Gauteng, South Africa.


Alfeu Passanduca

I am an M.D. I graduated from the Catholic University of Mozambique in 2007. I was born on the 6th of July 1979 in Maputo. I´m single.

I´m working at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo as a Tutor of the 1st and 2nd year students, and I’m part of Medical Education and Curricular Revision Department of the Medical Faculty. I have been challenged to be part of the planning group to design, implement and evaluate the undergraduate Family Medicine and Community Health program. For these reasons, I am interested in medical education. I like working in health centers as a first contact health care worker and in the community. I like to work as team member. In my free time, I like to watch movies and casually play chess.


Paul Pensulo

My name is Paul Pensulo. I am Malawian and I was born on 5th August 1973. I am married and blessed with two children, a boy and a girl.

I attended Malawi College of Health Sciences as a student clinical officer from 1997 to 2000 and graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine. After my internship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, I joined the Paediatric Department. I also work as a Registrar and Clinical Coordinator for student clinical officers and internship clinical officers in the department.

Malawi is one of the countries in the sub-Saharan region that faces a human resource crisis in health, as there is a high prevalence of diseases. The Malawi government attempts to address the sustainability of human resources by increasing the number of students (nurses, clinical officers, and medical doctors) with limited tutoring staff. The project is aimed at interdisciplinary/interprofessional assessment and case management of four prevalent paediatric illnesses (malaria, gastroenteritis, pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition). According to our local treatment guidelines, and based on the outcome, the results will be presented for discussion on streamlining and collaboration of curriculum development of the three cadres to each college.


Julie Schurgers

My name is Julie (forget about my unpronounceable last name). I am 47 years old and originally from The Netherlands. I am a single mother of a daughter who turns 8 in February, who has Shona roots. We are very connected with Zimbabwe and everything that is going on there. The two of us love being outdoors, and we love animals and having adventures.

I trained at Maastricht University, did my first degree in occupational therapy, worked, among other places, at the University Teaching Hospital, and started a Masters in Public Health/Health Sciences, specialty Health Education & Health Promotion. I completed an applied research course of one year. I was in Toronto, Canada, for my thesis research on community projects. After that, I did a Post Masters in Medical Education, which was one year. Since 1996, I have been working as a development worker for non governmental organizations (NGOs). I started in Zimbabwe, where I combined clinical work and community-based rehabilitation with teaching at university and college; Cuba, where I worked in community based rehabilitation and community development in a multiprofessional team in the rural areas. In Sudan, I worked with local therapy teams with vulnerable groups like street children, child soldiers, female prisoners, and the disabled. I also worked at Ahfad University for Women. In all these jobs, teaching has been a component of my TOR and over the years became a stronger and bigger component every time. I come from a teaching family (all my father’s brothers and most of my cousins are in educational activities), so apparently I am infected as well, which I never realized when I was younger. At present I work in Zambia, since 2004. I work at the University of Zambia in Lusaka at School of Medicine (SoM), Department of Medical Education Development (DMED). I mainly initiate and facilitate the innovation of programs at SoM. With pleasure, I can say that, since it is challenging and new projects are always knocking on my door, I am never bored. I still have a small component of clinical work as an Occupational Therapist, as I am the only one in Lusaka! And I am very much into complimentary health activities as well.


Rachel Weiss

After working for many years as a general practitioner and casualty officer, I decided that I wanted to teach. As it is in real life, obtaining a degree in education showed me how much I still have to learn! I currently teach at the University of Cape Town in the Division of Pharmacology as well as Medicine, and as course convener for the 3rd year program. I am also responsible for most of the assessments in 2nd and 3rd year. In between, I am a wife and mother of two boys. I enjoy hiking, gardening and scuba diving, and one day I am going to do all of these things again…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.