2019 UFS Open Day

The annual UFS Open Day was held on 11 May 2019, with the Department of Basic Medical Sciences again attracting a lot of attention from prospective students. The department was represented at both the Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences exhibits. The anatomy and anthropology stall was managed by Dr Petra Maass and two postgraduate students, Luyanda Malangeni and Amanda Smal. While aimed at providing visiting high-school pupils with information about the available courses, much of the day was also spent sharing interesting facts about the human body (both living and dead) with the learners and their accompanying family members.




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High school learners attentively listening to descriptions of available Anatomy courses at the UFS

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Postgraduate students, Amanda Smal and Luyanda Malangeni, at the 2019 UFS Open Day.

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Dr Petra Maass ready to meet prospective students at the 2019 UFS Open Day

Sharing the dissection hall experience

On 15 May, second-year MBChB students who had completed their dissection module in the department took part in the Cadaver Case Study Presentations. In groups of six to eight students, each of the 27 dissection groups had to give an oral presentation to their peers, providing a description and researched background on an anatomical abnormality, variation or interesting pathology that they observed on the cadaver they had been dissecting over the past 10 months. Topics presented ranged from lymphomas to patent ductus arteriosus to accessory lobes of the liver, making the work of the adjudicators – Drs Henk Potgieter and Petra Maass and Mr Gerhard van Zyl – very difficult. In the end, the presentation on inguinal lymphadenopathy, which was presented like a live television news report, stole the show, and the group was named the clear winners of the day.

Students describing their dissection hall experiences in a video

In June, Drs Mada Ferreira and Petra Maass were responsible for the production of a short video based on interviews with second-year medical students. The video features several students describing their dissection hall experiences and providing future students with advice on how to approach the daunting task of full body dissection.

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Second-year MBChB students shared their dissection hall experiences in a short video, describing the process and giving advice to future classe

New dissection hall facilities

The spacious dissection hall in the Department Basic Medical Sciences houses high-quality sound, computer equipment, a unique camera system that allows students to follow dissection demonstrations on ten screens in the hall, and a microscope for integrated teaching activities.
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Second-year MBChB students during tutorial sessions (top) and observing normal and clinical pathologies under the microscope during dissection session (bottom)

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Second-year MBChB students ready to present interesting variations or pathologies observed during dissection.

Graduation and Awards 2019

 

Dr Arnelle Mostert was awarded the prize for Best Educational Paper – Junior Category at the 51st Faculty Research Forum, hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences (UFS) in 2019.

Mrs Roné Vorster-De Wet has been nominated for the 2019 Khothatsa Awards  – the awards highlight inspirational lecturers at the UFS.

Mr F Venter (MSc student) was awarded third prize at the Student Symposium in Natural Sciences that took place from the 31st of October until 1 November 2019. Title of the presentation: “Die effek van die ontvang van selfoonboodskappe op speekselkortisolvlakke in voorgraadse Fisiologiestudente”.

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Ms M Liphapang received the prize for the best 3rd year student in Physiology from Mrs Roné Vorster-De Wet at the prizegiving function of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Degrees conferred 2019

Dr Arnelle Mostert received her Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHProfEdu) degree for her study “The quality of life of University of the Free State first-year Health Sciences Students”. She is already working on her next research topic, which aims to expand her Master’s work to other student groups at the university.

Ms Amanda Smal received her BMedSc Honours degree in Anatomy and Cell Morphology in April for her work on “Osteometric assessment of the sexual dimorphism of the glenohumeral joint”, under the supervision of Dr Petra Maass. She is currently expanding this research as part of her MMedSc degree. Lebogang Matutule and Masego Nkosi received their BMedSc Honours degree in Physiology during the April graduation ceremony. Mr Venter’s MSc in Physiology degree, was awarded at the graduation ceremony on the 12th of December 2019.

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Dr Arnelle Mostert during her MHProfEdu graduation ceremony

 

Degrees conferred 2019

Prof A Crous, Dr A Mostert and Ms R Vorster-De Wet acted as external moderators for the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College, FS School of Nursing and Parray School of Nursing (Lesotho) during 2019.  Dr S van Zyl acts as external moderator for the Stellenbosch and North-West Universities. Dr de Villiers act as external moderator for the North-West University.

Dr AM Gerber represented staff members on the Senate and served on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Dr Henk Potgieter represented staff members on the UFS Council and the management committee of UVPERSU.

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Postgraduate student, Ms Amanda Smal, ready to receive her BMedSc Honours degree at graduation

Teaching activities 2018

On 10 May 2018, the students registered for the ANBA 3716 module visited the National Museum in Bloemfontein. The purpose of the excursion is to allow the students to be exposed to view specimens on human ancestors and how their features vary with human evolution. Dr Lloyd Rossouw, head of the department of Archaeology at the museum, gave a short lecture on the different pre-human specimens found in South Africa. Students were given the opportunity to analyse cranial casts of the Australopithecines. The visit paved the way for relations, future collaborative work and research opportunities between departments. Students will visit the Florisbad museum and research centre in 2019. The centre is a palaeontological and archaeological site where the skull of Homo helmei was discovered.

Dr AM Gerber, Mrs R Vorster-De Wet, Dr S van Zyl and Dr H de Villiers acted as supervisors for MMedSc and PhD students during 2018. Ms R Vorster-De Wet and Mr M Muller acted as supervisors for BMedSc Hons students in Physiology in 2018. Dr C Larson  received recognition at the Long-service awards (26 October 2018) as she will retire from service the 31st of December 2018.

Prof A Crous and Ms R Vorster-De Wet acted as external moderators for the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College, FS School of Nursing and Parray School of Nursing (Lesotho) during 2018.  Dr S van Zyl acts as external moderator for the Stellenbosch University.

Dr AM Gerber represented staff members on the Senate and served on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Dr Henk Potgieter represented the Faculty on the UFS Council and the management committee of UVPERSU. 

The following staff members represent the Department Basic Medical Sciences at the 2018 UFS Open day: Gerhard van Zyl; Roné Vorster-De Wet; Arishka Kalicharan; Sadhna Singh; Martin Muller; Tshegofatso Ramphaleng; Petra Maass and Ntsidi Moopela.

On 10 May 2018, the students registered for ANBA 3716 module and their lecturer Mrs Tshego Ramphaleng made a day visit to the National Museum in Bloemfontein. The purpose of the excursion is to allow the students to learn (expose them to more) about the evolution of humans, and view specimens on human ancestors and how their features vary with human evolution. Our guide was Dr Lloyd Rossouw, head of department of archaeology at the museum, who gave a short lecture on the different pre-human specimens found in South Africa. Students were given the opportunity to analyse cranial casts of the Australopithecines. The visit paved the way for relations, future collaborative work and research opportunities between departments. We look forward to visit sites where pre-human technology and skeletal remains were found such as Florisbad museum, a research centre, in the Free State. The centre is a palaeontological and archaeological site where the skull of Homo helmei was discovered.

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Postgraduate supervisors 2017

Dr H Potgieter, Mr Van Zyl, Dr AM Gerber, Dr S van Zyl and Dr H de Villiers acted as supervisors for MMedSc and PhD students during 2017. Ms R Vorster and Mr M Muller acted as supervisors for BMedSc Hons students in Physiology in 2017.

Four students, Brooks D, Fouche T, Jamneck MF and Strydom C obtained their BMedScHons (Medical Physiology) degrees and two students, Mpolokeng KS and Henning WJ their MMedSc (Anatomy) degrees at the June graduation ceremony. Ms Mpolokeng presented her research results, The prevalence of anatomical variations in the intraorbital part of the ophthalmic artery and its branches in cadavers, at the UCT Faculty research day and also at the 45th Annual Conference of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa 2017, Cape Town, South Africa (23-26 April 2017).

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Visiting lecturer 2017

Dr Carlos Machado visited the department Basic Medical Sciences on the 20th of April 2017. He presented lectures to second-year MBChB students and staff members in the department. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Cardiology, University of Saint Augustine, Austin, USA.  Dr Machado has been a medical illustrator since 1994 for the companies that hold the rights of editing Dr Netter’s work. His illustrations can be seen in over 40 publications, among them the Clinical Symposia collection, the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, the highly acclaimed Interactive Atlas of Clinical Anatomy and in the last five  editions of the best-seller Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, which has been published in 17 languages in over 70 countries.

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Photos taken during the visit of Dr Machado

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 Teaching activities 2016

 

The Department of Basic Medical Sciences was subjected to an external evaluation process during 2016 for the postgraduate honours in Medical Sciences programmes offered in Anatomy and Medical Physiology. In both external evaluation reports reference was made to the quality of the teaching and assessment as well as the dedication of staff in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. Many helpful suggestions with regard to the expansion of the practical and research components of especially the Medical Physiology programme were received and will already be implemented from 2017.

Ms R Ebersohn and Ms R Vorster acted as external moderators in Anatomy and Physiology respectively, for the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College during 2016.  Prof Crous and Dr CO Larson acted as external examiners for the College of Medicine in 2016. Prof A Crous was an adjudicator for the Science Expo (Free State learners) in 2016.  Mr Gerhard van Zyl was elected as a member of the Interfaculty Animal Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr Helena de Villiers was elected as a member of the Awards committee of the School of Medicine. Dr AM Gerber represented staff members on the Senate and also served on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Dr Henk Potgieter represented the Faculty on the UFS Council and on the management committee of UVPERSU. Ms Roné Vorster and Dr H Potgieter represented the department on the Science Committee of the School of Medicine. Mr Andries Pono received a long service award in 2016 for 35 years and Ms A Nel for 15 years.  Prof A Crous and Dr H Geyer will retire at the end of 2016 respectively after 44 and 26 years of service to the University of the Free State.

Teaching activities 2015

Prof Crous acted as external examiner for an MSc candidates of the WSU, he was also a moderator for the Free State School of Nursing, first and second year Physiology modules during 2015.

Dr S van Zyl acted as external moderator for the University of Pretoria for Medical and Dentistry students and Dr de Villiers acted as external moderator for the North-West University for Analytical Biochemistry during 2015.

Ms R Ebersohn and Ms R Vorster acted as external moderators in Anatomy and Physiology, respectively, for the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College during 2015. 

Ms L Liebenberg acted as external examiner/moderator for the University of Witwatersrand (ANAT 3002) and University of Pretoria (ANA 715) during 2015.

Prof Crous and Dr CO Larson acted as external examiners for the College of Medicine in October 2015.

Dr M Ferreira was a presenter at a Clinical Investigator Certification course in Cape Town in March 2015 and also at the Good Clinical Practice courses presented by PAREXEL on a number of occasions during 2015.

Mr van Zyl was invited to present a session at the newly appointed lecturers’ course (Health Sciences Education).

Ms M du Toit completed an HPEA assessor/moderator/facilitator course in 2015.


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Mr G van Zyl and Ms R Vorster, two departmental representatives, on duty at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during the UFS Open day.

UFS Open day 2015

Various personnel members again represented the Department of Basic Medical Sciences this year, under the guidance of Dr S van Zyl, at the UFS Open Day. Learners could obtain information on the medical programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as more information on the various subject areas presented in the department, e.g. Medical Physiology, Anatomy and Cell Morphology, Biochemistry, Embryology, Histology and Anthropology, from two departmental representatives doing service at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

New Facilities 2015

As part of a Faculty project, new dissection facilities for the Department Basic Medical Sciences were completed and occupied in March 2015.

The hall was newly built as the previous dissection hall had been used for undergraduate anatomy training since 1972. Due to a prospective growth in the number of medical students as well as changing methods in teaching and training, the need for a new modern dissection hall became evident to ensure that students receive an optimal learning experience during dissection tuition.

The new spacious dissection hall is equipped with special lighting and modern equipment for the training (dissection programme) of second-year medical students. The hall is further equipped with high quality sound and computer equipment. A unique camera system allows students to follow dissection demonstrations on ten screens in the hall. Dissection demonstrations are recorded, enabling lecturers to compile new visual aid material for teaching and learning.

The dissection programme for medical students is of critical importance, not only to acquire anatomical knowledge, but also for the development of critical skills and professionalism of medical students. This facility is also used for clinical workshops and post graduate teaching seminars and workshops. This includes, among others, orthopaedic (shoulder, hip and knee workshops), otorhinolaryngology, cardiothoracic surgery (valve and endoscopy workshops) and anaesthesiology workshops. Both present and future generations of medical students will benefit from this new world class facility.

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Eskom Regional Science EXPO for young scientists 2015

 

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Prof Arnold Crous of the department Basic Medical Sciences was a judge at the annual Eskom Regional Science EXPO for young scientists 2015, learners from grade 5 to 12.

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Student activities in the new dissection hall

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UFS Open Day 2014

 

Various personnel members again represented the Department Basic Medical Sciences this year, under guidance of Dr S van Zyl, at the UFS Open Day. Learners could obtain information on the medical programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as more information on the various subject areas presented in the department, e.g. Medical Physiology, Anatomy and Cell Morphology, Biochemistry, Embryology, Histology and Anthropology, from two departmental representatives doing service at the faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. (Photo rught)

Lecturer achievements 2014

 

Ms N Peter obtained her Msc degree this year and was promoted to lecturer (Anatomy) as of 1 December.

Ms Y Benade was promoted to junior lecturer as of 1 December 2014. Dr C Larson and Mr G van Zyl's MHPE degrees were conferred during the June graduation ceremony.

Mr Van Zyl was promoted to lecturer.

Four students obtained their BMedSc Honours degrees in Anatomy in April.

Dr Landman successfully completed the HPE702 module.


Dr H de Villiers was appointed as the best pre-clinical lecturer.

Dr H Geyer received a certificate in recognition of 25 years’ service and Ms R Vorster a certificate in recognition of 15 years’ service to the University of the Free State.

Ms AM Viljoen (senior assistant officer) retired on 31 December after 33 years’ service to the University of the Free State.

Lecturer achievements 2013

 

Drs C Vorster and D Raubenheimer had received certificates this year in recognition of 10 and 15 years’ service respectively to the University of the Free State.

Mrs PC Vorster received a certificate in recognition of 15 years’ service to the University of the Free State.

 Faculty forum winners 2014

 

Dr CO Larson (second from the right) was appointed as runner-up in the category Junior Educational presentations at the Faculty Forum, held on 28 and 29 August 2014.

 White coat ceremony 2014 

 

The guest speaker at the annual white coat ceremony, held on 7 August 2014, was Dr Madelein Koning of the Department Internal Medicine.

Dr Lynette van der Merwe led the programme and various personnel members of the Department Basic Medical Sciences (Phase II lecturers in the MBChB programme) were involved in the handing over of the white coats and pocket emblems to second- and third-year medical students (photo bottom right).

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Student activities in the practical laboratory and postgraduate discussion groups in Jan Toerien Museum


Student achievements 2013

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Dr Arnelle Mostert with the academic prize winners, Karin Kassier en Sanri Steyn, two nursing students They were the best achievers in an Anatomy and Physiology module for nursing students (photo right).

 Lecturer’s achievements 2012

 

Ms J Correia obtained her MMedSc degree in Anatomy, and Dr Van der Merwe obtained a PhD degree in Health Sciences Education.

Dr Lynette van der Merwe was awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and Learning at the Excellence in Education and Learning Week in November 2012.  The theme of her presentation was: “Action informed by reasoning: An adventure into pedagogy.”

Dr D Raubenheimer was elected as member of the Board of the Anatomy Association of Southern Africa (ASSA) and Dr Van der Merwe was elected as member of SAAHE (South African Association of Health Educationalists).

 UFS Open Day 2013

 

Dr S van Zyl represented the Department of Basic Medical Sciences in 2013 at the UFS Open Day.  The UFS Open day was well supported by learners and they could obtain information on the medical programme, as well as more information on the various subject fields presented in the department, including Medical Physiology, Anatomy and Cell Morphology, Biochemistry, Embryology, Histology and Anthropology.


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White Coat Ceremony 2013

 

The annual White Coat Ceremony took place on 1 Augustus.  We were privileged to welcome Prof Willie Mollentze as guest speaker at this year’s ceremony.
The unique way in which he addressed the students, and the striking message on the symbolism of the white coat, touched everyone.







Medical student appointed as Dux for 2012

 

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Ms Inge Seale, a fifth-year medical student and co-editor of the UFS IMPULSE editorial staff, was chosen as Kovsie Dux student of the Bloemfontein campus for 2012.

The Dux students from the left are Tumelo Moreri, Inge Seale and Werner Pretorius (Photo: Stephen Collet).

Health Sciences Education Seminar Evening 2012

 

This prestigious function was held on 15 June 2012 at the Tuscan Rose conference centre and attended by guests of honour, promoters, students and alumni. This event is presented annually in honour of alumni who have obtained their Magister and PhD degrees in the Health Professions Education (HPE) programme of the Division Health Sciences Education.

Our own Dr Lynette van der Merwe (Department of Basic Medical Sciences) was appointed as the best speaker for the evening.

 White Coat Ceremony 2012

 

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The annual White Coat Ceremony took place on Thursday, 2 August 2012. We were privileged to welcome the Rector, Prof Jonathan Jansen, as guest speaker at this year's ceremony. Prof Jansen emphasised that laughter and humour are still a wonderful health remedy, that students should never lose their passion in the midst of many challenges, and that each student can make a difference in the public health sector in our country. Dr Sanet van Zyl of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences made a presentation on professionalism.

UFS Open Day 2012

 

The Department of Basic Medical Sciences' exhibition during the 2012 UFS Open Day was very well supported. Learners were given the opportunity to talk to lecturers in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and to obtain more information regarding subjects in the department, e.g. Medical Physiology; Anatomy and Cell Morphology; Biochemistry; Embryology; Histology; and Anthropology.

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