2015 Fellow Profiles

Hiba R. Ahmed


Biosketch
I am a Sudanese female doctor and anatomist who aspires a career as a medical scientist, researcher, and medical educator/educationalist.
Professional background
I graduated with an MBBS from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, on the 9th of February 2009. One year later, I was assigned teaching assistant at the Department of Anatomy in the same school, and I began teaching and tutoring medical students in the Dissection Room and Histology labs, and that’s was when I became interested in medical education. I started reading and attending workshops to learn about the field, and selected a medical education related topic for my masters’ project. I completed a two years masters programme in Human Morphology, and was promoted to a lecturer in 2014. I am currently attending courses on Molecular Medicine in preparation for my PhD. I am interested in conducting research on Neurodegenerative conditions and obtaining a PhD in Neurosciences.
Personal information
I have been married for three years now, and I have two lovely daughters: Azza is 2 years, and her sister, Ola, is 5 months old. My hobbies include painting, reading, crafts and DIY projects, and watching movies, documentaries, and sitcoms.

Nazlie Beckett


Biosketch
I am a South African Muslim female, originally from Port Elizabeth. I am a general practitioner and I have been involved in medical education for the past six years, which includes 3 years on a sessional basis.
Professional background
I completed my schooling in Port Elizabeth. I subsequently registered for a Bachelor of Science degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. I graduated in 1985 with majors in Microbiology and Biochemistry. I was accepted to do Medicine at Stellenbosch University and subsequently completed my MBCHB degree and graduated in 1991. I completed my Internship year at Tygerberg Hospital, followed by a position of medical officer in Internal medicine at Tygerberg Hospital. I opened my first solo medical practice in 1994, in the Cape Flats area of Hanover Park. I continued to work there for many years, and this was a memorable time in my life, which included the birth of my only son in 1999. I decided to pursue my first postgraduate qualification, when my son was only 3 years old. This was my BSC Hons in Medical Sciences, and this was completed through distance education at Stellenbosch University. In 2007 I was forced to close my practice, because the rented property was required for other purposes. I travelled to Dubai and I also freelanced as a locum locally. I became involved in medical education in 2007 on a sessional basis, teaching 2nd year MBCHB students at the University of Cape Town. I re-opened my medical practice in 2008, where I continued to work as a solo practitioner until 2011. In 2011, I accepted the position of lecturer and course convenor, within the Division of Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. I convene the 4th and 6th year MBCHB family medicine courses. I completed the Clinical educators Course in 2011, which provided me with valuable background to medical education. I also attended the NAOPP Programme, which supplemented my introduction to medical education and teaching and learning. In 2013 I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine. I am currently the Undergraduate Family Medicine Convenor, and I am a member of the Faculty of Undergraduate Education Committee, as well as an incumbent member of the Health Sciences Professional Standards Committee. I will be attending the STFM conference on Medical Education in Atlanta in February 2015, and I am really excited to gain more knowledge on medical education and to build up new networks.
Personal information
I am married and I have one son who is 15 years old. I enjoy reading and going to movies. I don’t like camping but I do enjoy going for day picnics with family and friends.

Godfrey Nji Esoh


Esoh Godfrey Nji is a 34year old Medical Laboratory Scientist from Cameroon. He obtained his Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) from the University of Buea in 2003, and started his career as Medical Laboratory Scientist at Mary Health of Africa Catholic General Hospital Fontem, and Mezam Polyclinic Bamenda in 2004 and 2005 respectively. While at Mezam Polyclinic he also served as member of the Therapeutic Committee of the Mezam Polyclinic HIV/AIDS Treatment Center. Between 2005 and 2006, he received training on HIV/AIDS Project Management from CARE Cameroon under the auspices of the Global Fund project “Civil Society Mobilization for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cameroon”. During this period he conceived and implemented a Mobile community-based HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and follow-up project, which within 12 months accounted for a 200% increase in the number of people tested for HIV in the Bamenda municipality. Godfrey joined the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences as instructor in June 2007, and was appointed Deputy Director in charge of Teaching of the same institution in September 2007. He was member of the project team of the British Council sponsored project “EAP100: Infrastructure Development for Degree Level Nurse Education in Cameroon” jointly implemented by the School of Nursing and Midwifery of the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, the Department of Nursing of the University of Buea, Cameroon, and the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences Buea, Cameroon. This project took him to the University of East Anglia in November 2007 and in April 2008, in the course of which he also did a short course on the Teaching of Basic Life Support. After completing his Masters (MSc.) degree specialization in Chemical Pathology, still at the University of Buea in 2010, he went back into full time clinical practice as Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Mbanga District Hospital from 2010 to 2012. He later on moved to Bamenda where he is currently serving as Dean of the School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences, National Polytechnic Bamenda, and Part Time Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda. He is currently working in collaboration with the Charité Medical University in Berlin Germany, and the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, University of Calabar Nigeria, to open a Faculty of Medicine, and a Graduate School of Health Sciences at National Polytechnic Bamenda. Godfrey enjoys travelling, seeing new places and making new friends. His hobbies include swimming, music, movies, dancing, and inspirational books.

Chivaugn Gordon


I am a South African female doctor, who qualified at the University of Cape Town in 2003, and I have worked in Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, HIV Medicine and research. I have post-graduate diplomas in Mental Health and HIV Medicine. Though I have learned a lot about work and life from previous jobs, I only really found what feels like my true destiny when I discovered Medical Education as an actual discipline! I then began my MPhil in Health Professions Education (in 2012) and have become fully submerged in this field. My current position is Head of Undergraduate Obstetrics & Gynaecology Education at UCT. I am a General Practitioner and Medical Educationist with a passion for women’s health. I am driven by the need to produce holistic, empathic, socially responsible, sensitive and capable junior doctors. My great missions in life are: to drum up enthusiasm about women’s health and women’s rights in my students; to get them to smile; to get them to actively engage with the learning process; and to treat them as junior colleagues so as to facilitate the process of becoming doctors. I teach in very innovative ways and hope that there is never a dull moment! My chief research interests are on Gender-Based Violence; social accountability and volunteerism in students; and the teaching of LGBT health needs. I am especially committed to addressing psychosocial issues and the abuse of women in the context of their relationships. I do clinical work in the tertiary level Gynaecology outpatient clinics, a community clinic and in the Antenatal Infectious Diseases clinic Before Medical Education, I could never see why anyone would want to become an academic and spend their lives doing research, but I now realize that I was imagining laboratory research and had not yet been exposed to the wonders of research about the human experience. I now feel that I would like to be an academic, and maybe even a professor one day! I spend a lot of time counselling students who have personal problems and have been appointed as a student mentor by the Faculty. I do a lot of work with the student-run volunteer clinics, which is immensely inspiring as I get to work with the most dedicated and innovative students at UCT. I am extremely sociable and talkative and have a great sense of humour. My favourite colour is pink, though all colours can be found in my wardrobe; and I am firmly committed to accessorizing! I am married to another doctor (an anaesthetist) and we have 2 cats and a dog. I love eating out with friends, travelling the world, reading, watching TV/ movies, being near the ocean, and most of all, throwing dress-up dinner parties!

Helga Koch


Biosketch
Helga Koch is a Senior Tutor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She believes that if you have found what you love and you do it well – that is true human joy.
Professional background
Helga attended undergraduate training at the University of Pretoria. After qualification, she completed her community service year in Vryheid. This is where the discovered her passion for community practice and development. She then moved to the United Kingdom, working as a locum occupational therapist at various institutions. When she came back, she continued locum work in Johannesburg, at Life Entabeni Rehabilitation Hospital in Durban and supervising students part-time. In 2008 she was offered a full-time post at the University and has been there ever since. In 2014 she graduated with her master’s degree in Development Studies, doing research on the perceptions of transport for people with disabilities in eThekwini. She tries to instil values of social justice, accountability and sustainability into her students, so that they grow to enable all population groups to engage in citizenship and society. The DOH and UKZN are currently planning a provincial Community Based Training in a Primary Health Care Model (CBTPHCM) initiative. She is a part of the college working group in taking this forward, which will focus on interprofessional education, decentralized training, longitudinal placements and transformational education.
Personal information
“I enjoy travelling and exploring new places, being with the people I love, and making things look pretty.”

Hennie Lombaard

Biosketch
I am a South African male who are a qualified Obstetrician Gynecologist, and a registered subspecialist in maternal and fetal medicine. I have a special interest in teaching.
Professional background
I qualified with my undergraduate studies form the University of Pretoria in 1997. I worked as an intern in Jubilee Hospital and did community service in Kgapane Hospital. I completed my training as an Obstetrician Gynecologist in 2003 with an MMed degree from the University of Pretoria and the Fellowship from the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the College of Medicine of South Africa. I worked as a consultant at Kalafong Hospital from 2004 and since 2007 worked as a consultant at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. I did a 3month fellowship in Bristol in fetal medicine in 2005. I got registration as a subspecialist in 2007. In 2011 I did a 2 months fellowship in Belgium in invasive fetal medicine. I have a special interest in complicated twin pregnancies, invasive fetal medicine and medical conditions in pregnancy. I am involved with training of undergraduate students from their third year onwards; post graduate training and fellowship training. I am currently an adjunct professor in the department Obstetrics and Gynecology and head of the Obstetrics Unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
Personal information
I am married with two boys. I love my family, any outdoors activity (especially hiking, sea kayaking, swimming and rock climbing), photography and riding my motorcycle.

Naledi Betsi Mannathoko


Biosketch
I am a Christian Motswana woman who is a Lecturer in Microbiology at the University Of Botswana Faculty Of Medicine (UBFoM) with interests in Clinical Microbiology and Medical education (i.e. healthcare associated infections, infection Control, student mental, emotional and psychological health).
Professional background
I completed my Biological Sciences bachelor degree in 2000 and then blessed with a funding opportunity to embark on an Applied Microbiology graduate programme. I was then honoured to be offered the position of laboratory research assistant, later promoted to laboratory coordinator at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Laboratory from 2002 to 2006. During which I graduated with a MSc. in Applied Microbiology in 2003. The research atmosphere at the AIDS Institute Laboratory gave me the ‘bug’ for research. So I commenced an MPhil/ PhD programme in Medical and Health Sciences at Swansea University in Wales, UK in 2006 and received my PhD in February 2011. A deep dose of nostalgia and the gnawing need to contribute to my country instigated my return to Botswana. After several pending job pursuits I took a year hiatus to have my first born son. In January 2012 I was finally offered the challenging and novel experience of being a ‘Lecturer in Microbiology’ at the newly established School of Medicine at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. It is here that I currently envisage growing in my research aspirations and developing into an inspirational teaching support for the medical students.
Personal information
Daughter of God Almighty and two loving parents; wife of a supportive wonderful man and mother of two under-five delightful energetic young boys.

Karl-Heinz Merbold


Biosketch
Lecturer/Dentist, Dept. of Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Professional background
I was born in Warmbaths, Limpopo almost 50 years ago and finished my primary education there. My secondary education was completed in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. I completed my dental degree at the University of Pretoria in 1989. After finishing my military service I returned to Warmbaths (now called Bela-Bela), Limpopo in 1991 where I was in a private dental practice with my wife Andriette, who is also a dentist. After 20 years in practice I decided to return to the academic environment and returned to the University of Pretoria to give back and teach some of the skills and experience gained. I enjoy the students and the teaching environment (Maybe because both my parents were teachers). The University offers the better of two worlds – teaching and being a dentist. My wife is still in private practice but also does sessions at the University.
Personal information
I have two daughters Anri (24) and Lene (20). Anri is an aspiring actuary working for EY in Johannesburg and Lene a first year dental student at the University of Pretoria. I enjoy travelling and I am a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I have trekked to Everest Base camp in the Himalayas with my Father and brother and also climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro with my wife. I enjoy paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving and once did the highest bungee jump in the world at Bloukrans River Bridge (something I would not repeat). I enjoy my KTM motorbike and beach buggy, when I have time. I am proudly South African with a motto that comprises only one word – BELIEVE.

Bontle Gloria Motshidisi


Biosketch
I am a Botswana female who is a registered nurse by training and a lecturer in the department of Public Health at University of Botswana Affiliated Health Training Institution – Serowe.
Professional background
I obtained a diploma in General nursing, Midwifery and Community Health from National Health Institute –Gaborone; Bachelor of Nursing from the University of KwaZulu Natal – Durban in 2000; Master of Public Health from Moi University Kenya in 2009. I further went on to do post-graduate Diploma in HIV and AIDS management in 2012 and Mphil in 2014 with Stellenbosch University, where I am currently winding up research for my Mphil. I worked in primary health care setting as a General nurse/Midwife/Community Health nurse at Ministry of Local government for over seventeen years before joining the teaching fraternity at Ministry of Health in 2003. I worked in both Midwifery and General nursing department before moving to Public Health department which I am currently heading. My teaching focus is primarily in research and public health courses. I teach across levels, that is, level two and three besides doing the administrative work for the department.
Personal information
I am a health Professional’s Nurse educator. I love nature and tradition. My hobbies include watching movies, surfing the net, listening to country music and ploughing. I like to do research and aspire for great things like being a consultant and a renowned researcher as well as working for international organisations. I am a mother of two lovely ladies.

Nonhlanhla Nzima


Biosketch
I am a South African female Dentist with an interest in dental education and especially in Geriatric Dentistry.
Professional background
I qualified as a dentist in June 1996 at the then Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA). In August 1996 I opened my private practice which I had until 2001. While in private practice I joined the Department of Health on a part-time basis and I was stationed in a Clinic in a township (Zithobeni) outside Bronkhorstspruit. A year later, the Zonderwater prison and the Cullinan rehabilitation Centre were added to the responsibilities I had for the Department. I joined the Department because I felt that it was too quiet in private practice and there was no chance to meet new people and to share ideas and progress in my field. I found that the Clinics I was involved with were just the same, so I soon became restless and I applied for a post at MEDUNSA. I was appointed in the department of Stomatological Studies and worked in the immunology clinic at Kalafong Hospital, dealing with patients with Oral Soft tissue lesions. In 2002, I was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Radiology at the same Institution and I applied for a Master’s Degree which I finished in 2005. In the same year I applied for a lecturing position at the University of Pretoria, in the Department of Oral Pathology. My duties there were forensic dentistry, the immunology clinic and lectures in Oral Biology. In 2008, my former HOD at MEDUNSA asked me to come back and help her as she was now the only Maxillofacial Radiologist left in the Department. I applied and started there on a part-time basis in August 2008, while finishing off my duties at the University of Pretoria. I started full-time in 2009. In 2010, due to the amount of work I was doing with students in my spare-time, the students requested me to be the student academic guardian (student support) for the school of oral health sciences. This was a new thing at MEDUNSA and I felt honoured that the students regarded me for this position. In 2011, the then Director of the School of Oral Health Sciences asked me to apply for a position for an HOD post which was vacant. I was appointed in the post of HOD, Integrated Clinical Dentistry in June 2012.
Personal information
I am a married mother of three awesome children, two teenage daughters and a very busy laat lametjie son (22 months). I enjoy spending time with my husband and my children and we do a lot of fun family activities together. Our favourite past-time and holiday destinations are anyplace with wild animals such as a nature reserve. I enjoy baking, and recently, trying out new recipes. I also enjoy spending time at home with the kids, watching our favourite TV shows and reading.

Ganiat Olutoyin Omoniyi-Esan


Biosketch
I am a female Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Ibadan and Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria in Faculty of Pathology.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1983. I graduated in 1989 after six years and had a one year period of internship at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria which is a requirement for registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. At the end of the internship I underwent the compulsory National Youth Service and thereafter worked as Medical officer in private Health institutions. In 1996 ,I enrolled into the postgraduate residency programme of the National Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria in Faculty of Pathology at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex(OAUTHC).I successfully completed the programme in record time in December 2000. In 2001, I was appointed as a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine Obafemi Awolowo University and also a Consultant Pathologist at the OAUTHC. I was promoted to the position of a Senior Lecturer in the same department in 2006. I became the Head of Department between 2010 and 2012.
Personal information
I am a mother of two lovely children. My hobbies are reading and meditation.

Stephane Tshitenge


Biosketch
I am a male Congolese, a holder of an MBBS and Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) degrees from the University of Lubumbashi (DRC) and University of Limpopo, respectively.
Professional background
I have worked at Kinshasa General Hospital (DR Congo), at Kgalagadi District Council and Gaborone District Health Management Team in Botswana and Selebi Phikwe Government Hospital before Joining University of Botswana and has 18 years’ experience as a medical practitioner in general practice (medical officer than specialist Family physician). I joined in June 2012 the school of Medicine /University of Botswana as a Lecturer in Family Medicine department. I am currently the coordinator of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Family medicine at the Mahalapye Training Complex.
Personal information
I am married to Maguy with whom we have four lovely children (Sephora, Christella, Emmanuel & Merdi). My hobbies are reading and watching football.

Belinda Scrooby


Biosketch
I am a South African female who is a professional nurse with an interest in interprofessional teaching-learning of anatomy.
Professional background
I completed my bachelor degree in nursing in 1995. I graduated after four years and thereafter commenced working in a private hospital. I had worked in a variety of jobs from private practice, intellectually disabled institution to psychiatric nursing when I decided to start working at my current institution, e.g. North-West University (Potchefstroom campus) since 2001 as lecturer in anatomy. I completed my Master’s degree in Nursing Science in 1999 with the topic: Facilitative communication with intellectually disabled persons during a physical examination. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2002 and completed Diplomas in Nursing Education and Nursing Management in 2001. I also completed a diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology and Meridian Therapy in 2006. I finally completed my Ph.D in Nursing in 2012 with the title: Practice model for interprofessional teaching-learning of anatomy at a higher education institution in South Africa.
Personal information
I love animals and my family. My hobbies include reading, movies and building jigsaw puzzles.

Frederick Wambu


I am a Kenyan Registered Nurse with an interest in Medical Education and Research.
Professional background
I completed my Nurse and Midwifery training in 2001 and later graduated with a higher diploma in Peri-operative nursing. I have worked in various clinical settings including the critical care units, occupational health settings and emergency rescue teams. I have been working as a clinical nurse instructor since 2008 at the Nairobi Hospital a 300 bed private hospital affiliated to the Cecily McDonnell School of nursing. I have been involved in student nurse’s clinical supervision, mentorship, volunteer part time faculty and induction of newly qualified nurses in the operating theatres. I have received honors for my work in Perioperative Nursing including Johnson and Johnson’s operating theatre nurse of the year in 2008. Health care epidemiology and infection prevention including the 2014 Society for health epidemiology of America international Ambassador Program award and the 2015 SHEA Gina Pugliese Scholarship that supports scholarly activities in hospital epidemiology.
Personal information
I am married to Anne and a proud father to Rehema and Rema.I volunteer annually for surgical outreach missions in remote rural Kenya and East Africa hospitals. I love reading and spending time with family, friends and volunteering in my local church.