The Internal Medicine Society at UCT aims to address limited curriculum time in the MBChB programme by providing students with opportunities to increase their exposure in internal medicine and its associated sub-specialities. We endeavour to empower students in their development by organising lecture series delivered by experts in their fields, facilitating skills workshops, providing opportunities to become involved in research and enabling peer-to-peer teaching and learning. At our core, we also aim to develop the field of internal medicine through meaningful engagement with transformation.
I have been part of the MedSoc committee since it’s very first year, and have loved seeing it grow. My aim for the year is to offer exciting new opportunities which will benefit students and foster a love for Internal Medicine. Fun fact: I love classical music.
Yi-Tin Michelle Yuan
I’ve been a part of the Internal Medicine society’s committee for 4 years because I’m a firm proponent of opening circles of knowledge and of skills sharing so that we as medical students may feel empowered. In my free time, you’ll find me outdoors and adventuring around our beautiful Cape Town.
The Secretary General: I love organizing and making the things to be done. I enjoy watching soccer #YNWA
I chose this portfolio because I think I have a talent for spending money and I enjoy making Excel spreadsheets! I also took accounting and business studies for matric so that definitely helps a bit too! I’m very excited about being treasurer and I hope to successfully meet all the finincial needs of the society this year!
A fun fact about myself is that I was born and grew up in Hong Kong
Head of Clinical Students
I help organize the MedSoc talks, and I’m passionate about facilitating further learning for med students both at the bedside and in lectures.
Outside of medicine, I love spending time looking after my plants, and enjoying quality time with friends.
I can’t wait for an excellent 2020 spent with MedSoc!
Head of Pre-clinical Students
I am passionate about bridging the gap between pre-clinical years and clinical years in skill and in knowledge. I hope to provide students with what they need to become confident student clinicians.
Random fact: I’m obsessed with chocolate Nesquick
Deputy Head of Pre-clinical Students
I’m a 4th year MBChB student from Cape Town. I’m in charge of the preclinical portfolio and I’m passionate about it because I want to help the preclinical years do better at their clinical years than I currently am. My hobbies include sleeping and laughing when someone asks me a question.
Matthew van der Merwe
Head of Research
I chose this portfolio because I firmly believe that the next generation of clinicians will be guided by our research, with the end goal of improving the quality of clinicians and saving lives.
Fun fact: Still have never seen a lupus patient.
Deputy Head of Research
I really enjoy the challenge of studying medicine. Recognising that both clinical and research strategies are continually evolving, I’m eager to explore these developments within the context of internal medicine. Outside of university, you’ll find me playing football, having a laugh with my dog and spending time with friends and family.
Head of the Fundraising and Outreach Portfolio
I chose this portfolio because I want to be involved in harnessing the skills we learn towards the service and upliftment of others. My favourite quote is “courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is more important that fear”.
Head of Clinical Skills
I am a hands-on 5th year medical student. An aspiring surgeon that gets easily caught up in side-quests.
I have a particular interest in pre-hospital medicine but wasn’t tough enough for paramedic school.
Head of Social Media and IT
This portfolio appealed to me because I enjoy reaching out to others and increasing awareness. It’s also a welcomed avenue to help exercise the other half of my brain from time to time. I maintain the society’s engagement and recruit new members to the society.
Fun fact: I run a food blog
UCT Internal Medicine Society: Committee 2020
Leading with Excellence
Department of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Old Main Building
Groote Schuur Hospital