Preconference workshops

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This year's SAAHE conference is proud to anounce six preconference workshops (PCW). Read more about each pre-conference workshop below and make your pick:

Preconference workshop 1

Presenters: Dr Glenda Eoyang & Prof Marietjie de Villiers

THEME: Creating localised solutions for effective decentralised training for the health professions

SUCCEED (Stellenbosch University Collaborative Capacity Enhancement through Engagement with Districts) has developed a framework for effective decentralised training for the health professions through a scoping review and two national workshops. The framework provides (amongst others) a rationale for decentralised training, a cascade approach for buy-in, and enabling criteria to implement and sustain decentralised training. The proposed SAAHE 2017 pre-conference workshop builds on the workshop held at SAAHE 2016 and will focus on applying the framework to varying contexts by creating localised solutions.

All role players with an interest in transformative and socially accountable decentralised rural training for the health professions are welcome. Participants from the health services, training institutions, regulatory bodies and communities where students are trained are all invited. The workshop will start with lunch on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 1 pm. We will be engaged in interactive activities until about 5 pm on that day, and continue from 8 – 12 on Thursday 6 July so to be ready for the SAAHE opening plenary that afternoon.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Glenda Eoyang and Prof Marietjie de Villiers. Dr Eoyang is the founding Executive Director of the Human System Dynamics Institute in the USA and a well-known leader in “Adaptive Action” and leadership in medical education. Prof de Villiers is Professor in Family Medicine and Primary Care and leads SUCCEED at Stellenbosch University.

Costs:  Sponsored by SUCCEED.

Preconference workshop 2

Presenters:Prof Tim Guetermann & Prof Herman Grobler

THEME: Mixed Methods in Health Professions Research

This one-day workshop (1 afternoon followed by 1 morning session) provides an overview of mixed methods research to anyone who is already familiar with quantitative or qualitative research methods. We encourage participants to bring either: 1) an idea for a potential mixed methods research study to design or 2) an existing mixed methods study they are working on.  Participants will gain knowledge of the foundations of mixed methods research. Most of our time is spent working on your own mixed methods research by adding rigorous mixed methods components to your design for a proposed study or an existing mixed methods study. The workshop mixes short presentations on mixed methods components followed by work on your project with feedback from expert mixed methods methodologists. The components we will cover are: 1) identifying a rationale for using mixed methods, 2) writing research questions and a mixed methods title, 3) using rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods, 4) employing a mixed methods design, 5) using intentional sampling strategies, 6) conducting mixed methods integration including meta-inferences, 7) representing the results of integrated mixed methods research in publications, and 8) identifying methodological validity and legitimation issues. We will provide worksheets to structure the process.  We expect all participants to exist with tangible, written, concrete components to include in their study.

Cost:  R200 per delegate.

Participation limited to 30 people.

Preconference workshop 3

Presenters:Prof Yvonne Botma, Prof Firdouza Waggie, Dr Stefanus Snyman on behalf of AfrIPEN task team

THEME: Interprofessional facilitator training workshop

Various global and national strategies drive the implementation of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP). However, few healthcare practitioners or educators have experience of IPECP as most healthcare professionals were and are being trained in uni-professional silos. This workshop aims to equip health professions educators with the skills, knowledge, and attitude to develop interprofessional collaborative practice competencies of students.

Outcomes for this workshop are that the participants will be able to:

1.            Use the correct terminology related to IPECP

2.            Apply a bio-psycho-social-spiritual person-centred approach IPECP

3.            Interrogate practice to theory and theory to practice relating to IPECP

4.            Co-construct ways to facilitate effective interprofessional teamwork (interactive activities based on practical guide: Volume 1 Brandt 2017)

The workshop is based on the principles of active engagement, constructivism, scaffolding, and relevance.

Participants are invited to join in a focus group discussion the following day (Day 2 continuation of PCW 3) to evaluate the workshop’s approach, relevance and value.

Cost: R200 per delegate

Preconference workshop 4

Presenters:Dr Veena Singram & Prof Francois Cilliers (on behalf of SAAHE National)

THEME: SAAHE Student Health Professions Education Research Workshop

To develop and support our national network of scholarly researchers in health professions education, we are excited to announce that the SAAHE Council has sponsored a research day for students – postgraduate or undergraduates – undertaking research in health professions education. Students are invited to present work in development, progress or completed work. The aim of this workshop is to provide a nurturing environment where students can engage in discussions, gain ideas, knowledge and feedback on their research. This meeting also offers the opportunity to build and expand your professional network with people who share your passion for research in health professions education.

We particularly encourage postgraduate students and their supervisors to attend. Students are requested to present their work with emphasis on the challenging aspects of their research.  This could be at any stage of the research process, from proposal development e.g., trying to define key constructs or solve a methodological challenge, to analysis or write up. Senior researchers and other students’ supervisors will be on hand at the presentations to think through and discuss the issues presented by the students. We aim to create a collegial space for all to share and learn rather than for the presentation of “perfect” work.

The inaugural SAAHE Emerging Researchers Day will be held on Wed 5 July 2017 as part of the pre-conference programme for the 10th annual SAAHE Conference being held in Potchefstroom. There will be no registration fee for this day, but if supervisors and/or students would like to stay on for the conference, then they will have to register for the main conference. Students and supervisors will also have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

If you would like to register for this exciting initiative, then please complete the registration form on or before Fri 21 April 2017.

Cost: Sponsored by SAAHE Council

Preconference workshop 5

Presenters: Prof Scarpa Schoeman

THEME: Are my test results valid and reliable?

Ensuring that assessment results are valid and reliably are critical components of running high quality assessments.  Assessment results which demonstrate validity (accuracy of the data) and reliability (consistency of the data) enables educators to feel confident that their assessment data are appropriate and defensible for high stakes testing.  

In an age where educators need to quality assure and sometimes defend the outcomes of their assessments, this workshop will help educations to understand the basic concepts of assessment validity and reliability and how to engage with these concepts.  The following type of questions will be addressed in the workshop: But what is validity and reliability of assessments? How do we calculate or produce evidence for them to demonstrate my tests are acceptable? 

In this highly interactive and informal workshop, the presenter will introduce the topic and concepts, explain what they are and why they are important in healthcare education.  There will also be a demonstration on how to calculate the reliability of a set of test results using MS Excel.  Participants are also welcome to bring along their own assessment dataset to calculate its reliability practically in the workshop. A discussion with questions and answers will follow.

For those participants who are keen to try to calculate the reliability of their assessment results, please bring a charged laptop and at least 1 data set in MS Excel of performance data (marks) of a test.

Target audience: Any educations who are responsible for setting up and delivering assessments and would have to defend its outcomes

Because of the interactive nature of the workshop, a maximum of 15 participants will be accepted.

Cost: R200 per delegate

Preconference workshop 6

Presenters: Jack Boulet (FAIMER), Vanessa Burch (UCT, SAFRI) and Liz Wolvaardt (UP, SAFRI)

THEME: Becoming a scientific peer reviewer: another step in the scholarship ladder

Academics are expected to progress up the scholarship ladder over the duration of their careers.  An important strategy to step up from a novice to an established scholar, and then ultimately an expert, is to increase one’s professional profile.  One way to raise one’s profile is to be regularly invited to be a scientific peer reviewer.

Publications, professional networks and communities of practice are often the entry point to be identified as a possible reviewer.  But becoming a reviewer and becoming a regularly invited reviewer requires competence in being able to critically read manuscripts, provide the author/s with relevant guidance and to advise the editors about the novelty and scientific merit of the work.  Peer reviewers also need to be familiar with the most common reasons to accept or reject a manuscript.  The daily work of academics is insufficient to prepare for this role. Editor’s choices of reviewers are influenced by factors including the quality and comprehensiveness of previous reviews and the timeliness of providing editorial feedback.  But reviewers are seldom aware of these factors and so are at a loss to explain why they are not asked to review again.

The pinnacle of the scholarship ladder – the expert – includes being a regular scientific peer reviewer for an international journal.  But invitations from the international community are influenced by existing competence in this sphere.

This workshop is facilitated by international and national editors who will assist participants to be able to:

  • Know the benefits of being a scientific peer reviewer
  • Demonstrate understanding of what constitutes a suitable manuscript for a health professions education journal
  • Compile an outline of a review
  • Identify the common reasons to accept or reject a manuscript
  • List the key features of an adequate recommendation to the editors
  • Identify the reasons why editors do/do not invite reviewers

Cost: R200 per delegate


Programme layout