Past Events

Doughnut Lectures
In mid-August, SAMSA hosted a series of lunchtime lectures discussing Politics, Philosophy and Economics in medicine. These were intended to introduce students to broader issues in health – and were accompanied by refreshments in the form of doughnuts!

Key talks included:

  • Professor David Benatar, who presented on Gender in Health: A Neglected Perspective, and
  • Professor Susan Cleary, who presented on The Economics of HIV/AIDS Treatment

Slaves of the State
A talk and AGM was hosted to discuss the role of interns – do interns get forced into unfair conditions that make them “state slaves”? What can be done to change the situation? Dr Daniel Cucukovic of the Junior Doctors Association of South Africa and Nicolette Erasmus, researcher, writer and non-practising attorney, presented and the event was one that students found very enlightening in planning their future years.

First Semester Pub Quiz
A pub quiz was hosted towards the end of the first semester, and a good turn out of student teams joined the Committee at the MAC Club to try their luck on a variety of general knowledge questions. Congratulations to the winning team, Victorious Secret, who walked away with great prizes including winter mugs, and to the other participants. We look forward to seeing everyone at another pub quiz soon, as well as our line up of lunchtime and afternoon talks on issues like internship in the second semester!

The Western Cape Health MEC, Mr Theuns Botha, on the Millennium Development Goals

SAMSA organised a successful event with the Western Cape Health MEC as the keynote speaker. Mr Theuns Botha spoke about progress in the health sector, as well as barriers to achieving the MDGs in a South African context. His words about social interaction within health and patient responsibility were particularly interesting, and members and other student guests asked poignant questions about health policy and governmental action locally at the end of the event. We are very thankful to him and to his department for accepting our invitation to speak and for sharing his thoughts on the MDGs.

We were also lucky to have representatives from UNASA-UCT and SHAWCO-Health share their opinions and attempts to aid the achieving of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as a technical speech by Professor David Coetzee from the Department of Public Health with figures about actual progress in achieving the MDGs. His slideshow can be found attached here. Photos of the event can also be found in our gallery.

Opening Function and O-week
We welcomed new and old members with an informal information evening with snacks and drinks in February. It was great to chat with members and find out their expectations and thoughts about SAMSA for 2013!

Heritage Day Pub Quiz
In celebration of Heritage Day, SAMSA-UCT hosted a pub quiz in the Mac Club. Several teams of 4-6 members, including some upper campus participants, competed across different categories including sport, geography and medicine. Competition was tight, particularly in the spot prize rounds – many teams got into heated debate to try to win the spot prizes! Overall, second place went to ‘The Knights who Say “Ni!”‘ and first to ‘Vitorious Secret’, who walked away with prizes of wine and books respectively. Students also enjoyed a selection of traditional food as well as drinks on sale before the quiz and between some rounds. Thank you to the Postgraduate Society for allowing the use of the venue and to all who attended for a lively evening!

Fundraiser for the Saartjie Baartman Center for Women and Children with Prof Marian Jacobs and Prof Heather Zar
SAMSA-UCT celebrated the significant contributions being made by the phenomenal staff and students of UCT at a breakfast ceremony at the Faculty of Health Sciences campus on Saturday 11 August 2012 with A-rated scientist Prof Heather Zar, and the then Faculty Dean, Prof Marian Jacobs. We wanted to commemorate National Women’s Day by celebrating the achievements of women in the UCT community, as well as raise awareness on women’s abuse through the raising of funds. This event was filled with wise words from the brilliant Profs Zar and Jacobs, and delicious treats baked by our colleague Kath Lewis. All the ladies who attended were beautifully dressed for the occasion and were more than willing to donate to the Saartjie Baartmann Centre for Women and Children, a non-governmental organization widely recognized as a sanctuary for women and children who have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. R521.40 was raised, and beautiful flowers donated to our guests speakers by the parents of our colleague Kira Dusterwald.

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