Thomson-Stibbe lecture: 

Dr Erik Hohmann

Fellowship trained orthopaedic sports medicine and trauma surgeon. Additional training and board certification as a sports physician. 15 years practice in Australia with appointment as Associate Professor with the University of Queensland. For the last 3 years practice in Dubai for the Houston Methodist group as director of the department for orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria since 2016. PhD from Central Queensland University in biomechanics and higher medical doctorate from the University of Munich in orthopaedic sports medicine. Main interests complex knee and shoulder surgery. Over 100 peer reviewed publications, 5 books and 10 book chapters. Associate editor for the journal of Arthroscopy since 2015 (ranked 4th in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; impact factor 4.3). Editorial board Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. Review Board (by invitation only) for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Instructor for arthroscopic surgery for the German Speaking Arthroscopy Association and Faculty for international education for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Guest speaker: 

Dr Kevin Tetsworth

Orthopaedic surgeon, with no single specialty. Medical school and training in Chicago, followed by 2 fellowships, one in Ilizarov surgery (Dror Paley) and another in osteomyelitis (George Cierny). Practiced initially in Baltimore for almost 10 years, active in Queensland for the past 18 years, and clinically active as a consultant for 27 years. Expertise in limb salvage and reconstruction, high-energy trauma, deformity correction, limb lengthening, osteomyelitis, prosthetic joint infection, corrective osteotomies, revision joint arthroplasty, MIPO for humeral shaft fractures, 3D printing and modelling, custom implant design, Ilizarov methods, biology of the Masquelet induced membrane, and more. For the last four years working together with Dr Munjed Al Muderis, using osseointegration for the reconstruction of amputees. Over 160 publications, including one book, 16 book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Additional interests in drawing, mathematics, astronomy, and basketball.

CAIG Guest speaker: 

Dr Dwayne Möhr

Dr Möhr is a specialist anaesthesiologist with experience in the fields of cardiothoracic anaesthesia; emergency anaesthesia and resuscitation; acute pain management and especially ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. Currently in full time private practice, predominantly as an Orthopaedic Anaesthetist. Because of his continued passion for teaching and research, Dr Möhr has been appointed as an extraordinary lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria where he has been actively involved in several postgraduate studies and other research projects. As an extraordinary lecturer, he has also been able to transfer his passion for ultrasound-guided clinical procedures and the relevant anatomy involved to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is a great pleasure that Dr Möhr will have an opportunity display his ultrasound knowledge and expertise during the Clinical Anatomy Interest Group (CAIG) workshop at the 47th Annual Conference of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) where he will be demonstrating how ultrasound can be used to show real-time anatomical structures.

FAIG Guest speaker: 

Shari Eppel

She is the Director of the Ukuthula Trust. She lives and works in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She has authored and co-authored more than thirty human rights reports since 2000, on torture, the Gukurahundi massacres which took place post-independence in Matabeleland, and other human rights abuses. In the 1990s, as director of Amani Trust, Matabeleland, together with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, she spear-headed exhumations and reburials in rural Matabeleland, for purposes of “healing the dead”.

Since graduating in May 2014 with an MSc Anthropology, Forensic and Biological Sciences from Erie University in USA, she has been training a forensic anthropology team  for Zimbabwe, so that mass and single graves resulting from politically motivated killings can be professionally exhumed, and the murdered dead can be appropriately identified and reburied by their families. Since early in 2018, they are also working collaboratively with the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission in Zimbabwe to promote professional reburials as part of reparations, in Matabeleland in particular. Eppel is currently completing a Doctorate in Anthropology through the University of Cape Town.






MEIG Guest speakers

Dr Werner Cordier

Dr Werner Cordier, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Pretoria, started developing an interest in education research after seeing the issues within the modules he was facilitating. This motivated him to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Pretoria, 2016) and the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) health professions fellowship (2017 -2018). Dr Cordier has a vested interest in developing classroom settings which stimulate active learning and promote critical thinking. By trial-and-error, reflection and an active research approach, modalities used and curricula are continuously improved.

Being a gamer at heart, a focus area for him is game-based learning and gamification as a method to promote engagement, motivation and ultimately knowledge retention within his courses. Learning is supposed to be an enjoyable activity, but with the constant pressure in the academic setting, this is often forgotten about. By facilitating learning within a gaming context, Dr Cordier aims to bring some joy back into hitting the textbooks.

Leonard Shapiro

Leonard Shapiro, B.Soc.Sc., B.A. Fine Art (Hons.), is an observation and drawing teacher and skilled workshop facilitator, based in the Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town.

Leonard has developed a multi-sensory observation method for anatomy study, which involves our sense of touch as an important sensory modality. It is called the Haptico-Visual Observation and Drawing (HVO&D) method, which he teaches to MBChB students, health professionals, anatomists and art students in South Africa and to anatomists from throughout the UK. The application of this method results in an enhanced level of observation of the form and detail of a 3-dimensional object (such as an anatomical part), the cognitive memorization of it as a 'mental picture' and improved spatial orientation within the volume of an anatomical part.

For more information on the Anatomy Observation and Drawing CPD short-course offered by the UCT Health Sciences Continuing Education Unit, please visit:  www.ceuhealth.uct.ac.za/observation-drawing-method-for-anatomy-study    

In the workshop that Leonard will be facilitating for the ASSA Medical Education Interest Group, he will outline the history of contemporary body painting in anatomy education and provide the opportunity for delegates to practice body painting as an anatomy study and teaching method, building on ASSA’s history of engaging with the role of Art in Anatomy. The kind of body painting that Leonard will instruct delegates in deviates from the current contemporary body painting method where there is a focus on painting the anatomical features two-dimensionally on the skin, and in a very realistic way. The aim in this workshop is to observe the anatomical part (e.g. forearm and hand) from all sides, as a three-dimensional form, while simultaneously painting the different anatomical features in the round on the anatomical part.  Washable, non-toxic colours and brushes will be provided to the delegates. This is a FUN as well as educational exercise.

Recommended links by the speaker:



https://qz.com/quartzy/1381916/drawing-is-the-best-way-to-learn-even-if-youre-no-leonardo-da-vinci/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits ;


Important Dates
Conference Duration
7 April 2019 - 10 April 2019
22 October 2018 - 25 March 2019 [CLOSED]
Call For Abstracts
21 October 2018 - 28 February 2019
47th Annual ASSA Conference
Refilwe Ndalane
Contact Email
[email protected]
Contact Number
  • Medical Education
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Cell biology and histology
  • Technical
  • Veterinary