Finding a home for my professional soul
Inaugural lecture delivered on 24 July 2013.
Juanita Bezuidenhout was born in Johannesburg and went to school in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Windhoek and Lichtenburg, where she matriculated. She obtained her MBChB degree from Pretoria University and her MMed and PhD degrees in Anatomical Pathology from Stellenbosch University. She is employed as a pathologist in the National Health Laboratory Service and as Deputy Director: Research in the Centre for Health Professions Education of the Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a clinician-educator pursuing scholarship in anatomical pathology and teaching and learning, as demonstrated by a PhD in Anatomical Pathology; the Rector’s Award for teaching excellence; a FAIMER fellowship; her position as deputy editor of the African Journal for Health Professions Education; and her role as co-founder and co-director of the sub-Saharan FAIMER Regional Institute. She also has received a Teaching Fellowship, has published in the fields of pathology and education, and received international awards for conference presentations in education. In 2012 she led the College of Pathologists in the process of blueprinting assessment in all pathology disciplines and organised the first ever comprehensive education theme at IAP2012, a leading international anatomical pathology conference. Most recently she was awarded the regional award for excellence as a pathologist by the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). She has served as national and international examiner in anatomical pathology, and considers quality assurance as being essential to improving practice. She serves on committees of the Faculty, the University and nationally, specifically the Postgraduate Education and Training Committee of the Medical and Dental Professions Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She believes in fostering a culture of collaboration in research, and in continuously improving the training and empowerment of students in their personal and professional development.