2019 Fellow Profiles

Mia-Michaela Beetge

Current background
I am a 34-year old female academic in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria. I was born in South-Africa and currently living in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Professional background
Upon completing high school in 2004 I was selected to pursue a career in Dentistry. I received my dental degree (cum laude) in 2008 at the University of Pretoria. After graduation, I completed my community service year in Parys, Free State before working in private practice. At the same time I was part-time employed at the University of Pretoria as a session doctor. In 2011, I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria. I always had a passion for being an academic and decided to specialize in Dentistry. After 4 years of specialization, I completed my master’s degree in Oral Medicine and Periodontics (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria in 2015. In 2016 I was appointed as a Specialist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Periodontics and Oral medicine. Currently I am pursuing my passion as an academic at the University of Pretoria.
Personal information
My husband, Marc and my mother Moira played a huge role during my years of studies and I am so grateful for having both of them in my life. Marc and I are blessed with a lovely son, Luan Marco Beetge, he is almost 16 months old. My hobbies include relaxing with my family, close relatives and friends, being outdoors and learning new things.

Eileen du Plooy

Current background
I am a female South African. I graduated with a B. Occupational Therapy degree in November 2001 from the University of Pretoria (UP) and obtained a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, from UP in 2004. I am currently employed as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
Professional background
I have clinical experience working as a Senior Occupational Therapist in South Africa and three years in Ireland in the areas of physical rehabilitation, palliative care and disability claims assessments. I have been working in the Education sector over the past 10 years. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator and passionate about 21st century learning design and the use of technology in the classroom. My first position as a lecturer was at Stellenbosch University where I was involved with lecturing in Occupational Therapy and I facilitated an interdisciplinary teaching module for MBChB students at the Centre for Rehabilitation studies. I have since worked as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria. I have also served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. My fields of interests are physical rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, palliative care and educational technology.
Personal information
I love all things creative and share my adventures with two schnauzers. My hobbies include photography, painting, sketching, sculpting & traveling. I am a lecturer by day, artist by night and OT at heart.

Jennie McAdam

Current background
I am a female South African with BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pretoria. I am currently completing my PhD in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. The PhD study focuses on daily activities of village dwellers in rural Limpopo Province, with a particular focus on the occupational impact of daily water and fuelwood collection.
Professional background
I have extensive experience as an occupational therapy clinical supervisor, a clinician and as a manager of occupational therapy services in the public health sector, most of which was completed in rural provinces. I was the Provincial Coordinator for Occupational Therapy in Mpumalanga Province for approximately twelve years and gained unique experience in occupational therapy and rehabilitation service development on the Primary Health Care platform. In this capacity, I also participated in the development and coordination of rehabilitation services more generally throughout the province and at a national level. I have also run my own part-time occupational therapy private practice for approximately fourteen years. I initially rendered assessment and intervention services for children with developmental and learning difficulties, and subsequently focused on conducting Functional Capacity Evaluations for Medico-Legal assessments. I have had a number of opportunities to contribute at a clinical governance level. I played an integral role in the COHSASA quality assurance accreditation process at Witbank Hospital andtogether with the Chairperson of the Cohsasa Committee, I took significant responsibility for driving the accreditation project throughout the hospital. I am currently serving my second term on the HPCSA Professional Board for Occupational Therapy (OCP) and am the Chairperson of the Education Committee. In this capacity, I have been responsible for conducting three Board Evaluations of Occupational Therapy training programmes, as well as for the coordination of the Board examinations for foreign qualified practitioners.

Asma Mohamed Sharif

Current background
I am a Sudanese woman, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Master of public health MPH from Al-Neelain University.
Professional background
I graduated after five years and had a one-year period of internship at rural and Urban hospitals in Sudan. At the end of the internship I applied for teaching position at Al-Neelain university, Faculty of Medicine. In 2016, I was awarded MPH degree, then I was given the position of lecturer in the community department. Also I was to the given position of a head manager of quality and development. I held the post up to 2018 till I promoted to a Deputy Dean of the quality and professional development deanship after I become Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality CPHQ. I am interest in Quality of Healthcare. I am evidence based medicine EBM instructor at Al-Tababa Advanced Training Centre (ATC). Also I have Professional Diploma in Infection Control (PDIC) and Diploma Joined Postgraduate Diploma of research methodology and ethics. Depending on these qualifications, I was awarded a position of quality and infection control consultant at Bashair University Hospital in 2017.
Personal information
I am single. My hobby is travelling

Keshena Naidoo

Current background
I am a Family Physician and lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Both my undergraduate medical degree and Masters were completed at the same institution
Professional background
After graduating as a medical professional in 1996, I undertook vocational training to work as a general medical officer in a district hospital. I graduated in 2003 as a specialist in Family Medicine and subsequently become medical manager of Christ the King Hospital, a small rural hospital. During this period I also joined RuDASA (Rural Doctors of South Africa) and briefly served as secretary and treasurer. It was here that I first starting tutoring medical students. I was an honorary tutor at the University of KwaZulu Natal from 2003 until 2012 when I joined as a full-time lecturer. Since then I have successfully supervised two Master students, and been involved in curriculum development at the university. I am currently involved in projects on primary care and interprofessional education in health sciences, and am a PhD student.
Personal information
I am married with two daughters (Jivasha & Darshni). My hobbies include gardening, reading (when I have time), and going to the gym.

Paul Oboth

Current background
I am a male Ugandan, a holder of Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Makerere and Busitema University in Uganda respectively.
Professional background
Over the last 11 years, I have been working on health systems strengthening programs in the field of HIV, TB and Malaria with Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University and Busitema University. I have trained and mentored health workers and other scientists in Uganda in laboratory systems strengthening and am committed in coordination of laboratory capacity building projects through training, mentorship, development of training programs and laboratory training manuals, guidelines and policies. I have experience in providing laboratory International technical assistance in Swaziland and Malawi as follows; strengthening Government labs in Swaziland in line with ISO 15I89 based on Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process towards Accreditation (2013-2014), and in Malawi supported the review malaria curriculum for training health support assistants in Malawi (2013). I have experience and participated significantly laboratory system strengthening, grants proposal writing, design and project implementation to its conclusion successfully at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). I have experienced working with government-Ministry of Health, Civil Society Organizations, Community, Donors such as CDC, PMI, USAID, WHO, GFATM and Partners etc.
Personal information
I am married to Gertrude Akello with whom we have three (3) lovely children (Eddie, Kayla & Alex). My hobbies are farming and learning.

Olutoyin Oluwole

Current background
I am a male Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Ibadan. I am also a holder of the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians.
Professional background
Upon completing high school, I was admitted into the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery and graduated in 1997. I had a one year of internship at the Oyo State Hospital Management Board in Ibadan, Nigeria. I later worked in a couple of private hospitals and a public hospital in Abeokuta as medical officer until the year 2000 when I commenced my postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the renowned Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro. Following my postgraduate training I resumed work with the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in 2008 and obtained my Postgraduate Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in 2010. In 2011 I was appointed by the Ekiti State University as Lecturer 1 in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, department of Psychiatry. I was promoted to the position of a Senior Lecturer in 2015 and the position I hold currently. I had served two terms as Head of Department (Psychiatry) and two terms as sub-Dean, Faculty of Clinical sciences. I am currently the Examination Officer for the Faculty of Clinical Sciences. I am also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to the Ekiti State University teaching Hospital.
Personal information
I am married to Olusola with whom we have a lovely boy (Oluwasina). My hobbies are reading, creative writing and Do-it- Yourself projects.

Portia Bimray

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of Doctoral of Nursing science from the University of the Western Cape.
Professional background
Upon completing high school, I was admitted to pursue a degree in Nursing in 1989. I graduated after four years and had my first work experience as a professional nurse at a public hospital in the rural town of Worcester, 76 km outside the capital city of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. After two years into practice, I furthered my work experience to that of patient care coordinator at the Cancer Association of South Africa until 1998 before obtaining a qualification in nursing education in 2002. I worked as a clinical supervisor at the University of Stellenbosch before I joined the academic team as a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in 2004 until current. I now hold the position as senior lecturer and Head of the Undergraduate Programme in the School of Nursing. The promotion followed my successful completion of my doctoral studies in August 2017 with a special focus on professionalism in education and practice.
Personal information
I am married to Sam. Two children are born out of our marriage (Tamaryne and Sebastian). My hobbies are meditation, collection of antiques and travelling.

Suranjana Ray

Current background
I am an Indian citizen residing and working in Mauritius for the last eight years. I have completed my masters and PhD in Physiology from University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. I currently teach First year Medical Students in IOMIT’s SSR Medical College, Mauritius.
Professional background
I am an Associate Professor in Physiology and a Core-member in the Medical Education Technology cell in SSR Medical College, Mauritius. I have 28 years of teaching experience in Medical college in India and abroad. I have taught Physiology to Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy and other para-medical courses. I am a Life member of various Physiology and Research Societies like PSI, APPI, FIPS, IAMBR. I have received National Scholarship in India for my academic performance in Undergraduate and Postgraduate colleges. I have been awarded “Best paper” presenter in Physiology Conference in 2013. I act as a peer reviewer in many prestigious journals. My research topics are varied from Pedagogy to slow learners to Neurological changes in Type two Diabetes. I am Editor in Scientific journals. I have 35 or more presentation in Conferences and have twenty published Abstracts and papers in peer reviewed journals. I act as mentor, student counsellor, quiz master, academic and cultural program coordinator in my present institute and previous ones.
Personal information.
My husband Dr Manas Kanti Ray and I have been working together teaching Physiology to medical students for 28 years. I have two daughters. The elder one is an engineer pursuing PhD in Nanotechnology in Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and my younger daughter just completed her MBBS from Mauritius. My hobbies are oil painting, travelling and I am an avid reader of books.

Robert Lukande

Current background
I am a male Ugandan, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) and Master of Medicine in Pathology degrees from Makerere University.
Professional background
I was admitted into Makerere Medical School in the year 1992 following my completion of hight school at St. Mary’s College, Kisubi. After five (5) years, I graduated and then undertook the compulsory one year of internship training in St. Francis Hospital Nsambya in the departments of Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 1998 following completion of internship, I applied for the position of Medical Officer at St. Francis Hospital Buluba in Eastern Uganda. During the two years at Buluba, I was in charge of the continuing medical education (CME) activities in addition to the routine general medicine and surgery practice. In 2000, I took up the position of a Research Medical Officer with the Uganda-Case TB and HIV Research Collaboration at Makerere. Again, I was appointed to take charge of the continuing medical education activities in addition to the routine duties. In 2003, I was admitted into the Master of Medicine training programme in Pathology at Makerere University. The university recognised my strong leaning to teaching and offered me the position of a teaching assistant in 2004 till completion of the degree in 2006. Since then, I have been teaching at Makerere University in the Department of Pathology at the rank of Lecturer. I teach and demonstrate autopsy skills. In addition, I practice as a consultant in the histopathology and conduct
research.
Personal information
I am married with three children (1 girl and two boys). My hobbies are farming, photography and conserving nature.

Iramiot Jaboc Stanley

Current background
I am a male Ugandan, a holder of Bachelor of Science Laboratory Technology, Master of Science Microbiology degrees and a final year PhD student from Kyambogo University, Mbarara University and Makerere University respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Laboratory Technology in 2006. I graduated after three years. Upon completion, I worked with Uganda Martyrs hospital for a period of one year and then enrolled for a Masters of Microbiology in Mbarara University of Science and Technology for the period 2011-2013. I graduated with MSc. Microbiology in 2014 and applied for teaching position at Busitema University the same year. I am employed as an assistant lecturer in the department of Microbiology since 2014 I am in my last year of the PhD in Microbiology.
Personal information
I am married to Mildred Nakayiki with whom we have one lovely daughter (Praise). I love swimming, playing a guitar.

Willem Jooste

Current background
I am a male South African, a registered Specialist Emergency Physician. I have a Master of Medicine (Emergency Medicine) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and I am a Fellow of the Emergency Medicine College of South Africa.
Professional background
After completing my pre-graduate training in 2005 at Stellenbosch University I completed my Medical Internship at the East London Hospital Complex in the Eastern Cape. I spent another year in the same province completing my Community Service year in a small, rural town called Madweleni.
After spending nearly six years working in private Emergency Centres in the Eastern Cape as well as Mpumalanga, I joined the four-year Cape Town Emergency Medicine Registrar program in 2013. After successfully completing the specialist training program in 2017 I took up the position of Emergency Medicine Program Coordinator in the same year and have been employed in this position ever since. I am a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and an accredited external lecturer at Stellenbosch University.
Personal information
I am married to Gisela and we have an eight-year-old daughter (Kara) and three dogs (Jacky, Fox and Lilly). My hobbies are playing the piano and guitar, reading and binge-watching Netflix series.

Yolande Heymans

Current background
I am a female South African citizen and currently a senior lecturer at the Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University (NWU). I hold a B.A, PGCE, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed (Hons), MEd and obtained my PhD in Education Management at the NWU in 2016 and my dissertation focused on mentoring in mentoring programmes. I also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from Rhodes University in 2017.
Professional background
After 22 years of teaching at secondary level, and working as Head of Department and Deputy-Principal, I had the opportunity to move into the higher education environment. I started my journey in higher education in March 2013 when I was appointed as a senior academic developer in the Centre for teaching and Learning (CTL) at the NWU. My research focussed on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in higher education and included curriculum design, innovative teaching practices, active learning, assessment, feedback and student support.
In October 2017 I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE). Within the CHPE I am responsible for the teaching of a 2nd year module and acts as the module coordinator for this fully aligned module which is presented on all three campuses of the NWU. Within the CHPE I also work closely with lecturing staff interested in enhancing the quality of their teaching and learning and researching their teaching practices through SoTL-research. Since my appointment in October 2017, my research is more focused on Health Science Education in the Higher Education context, with specific reference to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, professional staff development, blended learning, student engagement, interprofessional peer learning and and Team-Based Learning (TBL).
I am actively involved in teaching and learning related activities in the Faculty of Health Sciences e.g. member of the Teaching-Learning Committee, IPE Committee, Programme Committee, and HPEd Scientific Committee. I also facilitate professional development opportunities for lecturers in student engagement, Team-Based Learning, Blended and e-learning design, curriculum transformation/redesign as well as other teaching related topics as needed. I am involved in various SoTL projects within the Faculty of Health Sciences e.g. co researcher on the SoTL project: Decolonising Health Professions Education and the IPE project. I am also co-supervisor for a Masters student registered for the qualification: Master in Health Professions Education at the NWU.
Personal information
I am married to Dawid and we have two boys: Rudolph (24) and Erlo (22). When taking time off or when thinking and processing ‘things’ you will find me on Pinterest or in a second hand shop searching for that “special something” for my next upcycling project. I love traveling without an itinerary as it allows me to explore the backstreets, markets, small shops, culture, colours and sounds of a place.