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Meet the Committee 2016/2017

 

 

President

  Amy Booth

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 5

 

Portfolio Goals: I have the privilege of heading the Surgical Society for 2017. My primary goal for the society is to elevate it to a new level of national and international professionalism and standard of undergraduate surgical teaching, focusing also on addressing some of the racial and gender barriers in the surgical field. I hope that the society can introduce a vast range of topics and skills to be covered during the year, placing more emphasis on developing the role of research and outreach in surgery. I hope to be able to encourage members of the committee to think outside the box and push boundaries for their individual portfolios, while at the same time keeping up a spirit of enthusiasm.

 

Something interesting about yourself: My go-to answer for all things sports related in 30 Seconds, is Morne Steyn. I once read an article entitled “10 Reason why Girls should not Cut their hair short”, and then proceeded to cut my hair short. When I was younger, my family kept chicks and I named them all after historical mathematicians and used to bring them inside the house and let them perch on my shoulder while watching TV. I also get very uncomfortable writing about myself, so one day I will hire someone to do it for me!

 

 

 

 

Vice President: External

  Thoshar Naidoo

 

 

 

Year of studies: 5

 

Portfolio Goals: in the forthcoming year I will be facilitating connections between our committee and other organizations both on a national and international scale. Extending the work that we do into the greater society has always been an import pillar of our society, and this year I will aim to extend that whilst being more inclusive and eradicating any misconceptions about the society and the profession that people may have. This year, we will be working closely with the South African Students Surgical Society to aid a more national level of societal involvement through various projects. Furthermore, I will manage our social image through the various tools that we have at our disposal.

 

Something interesting about yourself: I enjoy playing soccer, cricket, freestyle rapping and reading poetry to orphaned horses.

 

 

 

Vice President: Internal

   Stephanie Wright

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 6

 

Portfolio Goals: Looking back over the past few years I am struck by how much the surgical society committee can achieve when we have a team of dedicated and hardworking individuals.  As vice-president I aim to ensure that our team continues to excel by working cohesively, by facilitating open communication among the portfolios and providing a supportive role to each of the members in their responsibilities.

 

Something interesting about yourself: I am completely addicted to tea but can't survive without coffee.

 

 

 Treasurer and IT

  Alex Scott

 

 

Year of studies: 6

 

Portfolio Goals: In 2017, I will be the UCT Surgical Society Treasurer and will be responsible for maintaining our finances. I also hope to bring stability and guidance wherever I can. This Society is one of the largest and most revered societies at UCT, and I am excited to be part of the team that takes it to new heights.

 

Something interesting about yourself: The UCT Surgical Society has always been something I am extremely passionate about. I have been on the Committee for four years now, and in 2016, I was privileged to lead the Society as President.

 

 

 Secretary General

  Patricia Omwansa

 

 

Year of studies: 6

 

Portfolio Goals: I play a more administrative and internal role within the society, primarily taking charge of the society’s record and minute book. Some of the external roles I play would be the planning of our Plaza day, creating an IT and video series and posting interesting cases and X-rays on our social media platforms.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  You can hear my laugh from a mile away! 

 

 

 

 Research

  Hloni Bookholane 

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 5

 

Portfolio Goals: Through my role as head of research I hope to encourage interest and enthusiasm in Surgical research so as to embody my favorite quote that "the only hierarchy we should all aspire to be a part of is a hierarchy of knowledge."

 

Something interesting about yourself:  Gregarious and affable person who is naturally curious about encountering different people, new experiences and building on the body knowledge.

 

 

 

Outreach

  Tahir Dawood

 

 

 

Year of studies: 5

 

Portfolio Goals: We pursue this career for many reasons, one of which is to attempt to bring a positive change to the lives of those we touch. The projects in the portfolio will utilize a variety of different strategies to help the people we are able to reach as well as appeal to the different types of people in our membership base. Projects this year will include volunteering in trauma units around Cape Town, involving yourself in development and health promotion projects in schools and communities as well as an organ and tissue donation drive that will take place later in the year.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  I occasionally can be found shutting down medical school and occupying the dean’s office, but when I’m not doing that, you may find me blow drying my hair somewhere. Really open to new ideas and help in the portfolio this year. Its usually easier to just agree with me than argue with me, but if you buy me chocolate I’ll pretty much do whatever you want.

 

 

 Sponsorship

  Suzanne Clift

 

 

Year of studies: 5

 

Portfolio Goals: The sponsorship portfolio focuses on gaining additional support for the Society through grants and sponsorships from companies external to University, and building good working relationship with our sponsors.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  My father is a winemaker and when I was 12 years old I made a wine (with his help).

 

 

 

Social development

  Josh Fieggen

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 3

 

Portfolio Goals: As the head of social development, it is my responsibility to ensure that the society's mentorship function runs efficiently and that the society has opportunity for members to connect socially and not just over medicine. This year I am hoping to keep the mentorship program running effectively and I would like to expand our trauma shadow program to more evenings and different hospitals. I am also looking forward to running some fun social events such as SHAWCO vs SurgSoc paintball, the always popular pub quiz, and a student vs surgeons sports day.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  My passions mostly involve the outdoors or the TV and i love climbing despite being somewhat petrified of heights.

 

 

 

 Anatomy Workshops

  Matthew Potter

 

 

Year of studies: 4

 

Portfolio Goals: The surgical skills portfolio serves to provide the one of the cornerstones of the UCT Surgical Society in the way that it allows students the opportunity to learn and practice surgical techniques that go above and beyond the spectrum of regular study. Workshops typically include basic and advanced suturing, laparoscopic skills, anastomoses techniques and much more; however, in 2017 we are looking to expand the portfolio even further by introducing a series of trauma training workshops in ties with the opportunity for students to take on regular trauma unit shifts in and around Cape Town under the tutelage of immensely experienced trauma specialists and registrars. Furthermore, we hope to strengthen our society’s ties with our colleagues at Stellenbosch University as we look to develop shared workshops with their society and to make use of the state of the art SunSkills Training Labs at Tygerberg.anastomoses techniques and much more; however, in 2017 we are looking to expand the portfolio even further by introducing a series of trauma training workshops in ties with the opportunity for students to take on regular trauma unit shifts in and around Cape Town under the tutelage of immensely experienced trauma specialists and registrars. Furthermore, we hope to strengthen our society’s ties with our colleagues at Stellenbosch University as we look to develop shared workshops with their society and to make use of the state of the art SunSkills Training Labs at Tygerberg.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  I am passionate about the field of surgery and all that it has to offer both me and the career that it could potentially hold for me, as well the unparalleled potential that it bears in the healthcare of the individual and the country at large. Surgery provides a platform from which immediate results can be registered and can be appreciated through the immediate satisfaction or relief that patients experience; this is something that creates the greatest pull towards the profession for me.

 

 

 

 Anatomy Workshops

  Jared Tumiel

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 3

 

Portfolio Goals: Anatomy, is integral to medicine. My focus is therefore to increase pre-clinical understanding of anatomy and reinforce anatomy for those already in their clinical years!

 

Something interesting about yourself:  I have a a skeleton in my room named Napoleon Bones-Aparte.

 

 

 

 Events

 Nicholas Loxton

 

 

 

 

Year of studies: 3

 

Portfolio Goals: My role is to manage the logistics behind events by ordering and collecting food, beverages and glasses as well as poster design and distribution for the society talks. I have some exciting new plans in the pipeline which I hope to introduce into the society over the year.

 

Something interesting about yourself:  I drink coffee, play the saxophone, run and enjoy reading the odd Nicholas Sparks novel.