Congratulations to Ben van Stormbroek who is the recipient of the Robert McDonald Medal for the best FCPaed part II performance in 2017, and to Gina Itzikowitz who is a co-recipient of the Leslie Rabinowitz Medal for the best FCPaed part I performance in 2017. The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health are proud of their achievements and wish them both well. It is also a wonderful tribute to the efforts of all the people who helped to prepare them for the examinations. Well done.
FC Paed(SA) Part I - Leslie Rabinowitz Medal
Dr Gina ITZIKOWITZ – October 2017
Dr Abigail Marriott KEENE – May 2017
FC Paed(SA) Part II - Robert McDonald Medal
Dr Ben VAN STORMBROEK – October 2017
Cert Pulmonology(SA) Paed
Dr Ziyaad DANGOR – October 2017
Congratulations to Assoc Prof Alan Davidson on his election as President of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa. Prof Zar wished him much success in this leadership role through his tenure.
Congratulations to Niki van Niekerk for winning the Western Cape Premier’s Service Excellence Award (gold) in the Individual innovator category. The award was announced at a gala occasion on the evening of Monday 28th August 2017.
This was awarded for her implementation of a pre-discharge newborn oxygen saturation screening programme at Mowbray Maternity Hospital (MMH). This was the first public service hospital in the country to have implemented this programme.
Oxygen saturation screening is designed for early detection of critical congenital heart disease. (and also picks up other serious though treatable conditions such as early neonatal sepsis, pneumonia or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn).
The screening has been rolled out in well-resourced countries across the globe, and in the private sector in South Africa. MMH has in excess of 800 deliveries per month. Thus it is a moderately resourced busy maternity service. The implementation followed a feasibility study of 1000 newborns in the postnatal wards at MMH.
Congratulations to Dr Alvin Ndondo and Alan Davidson who have been elected to the Council of Paediatricians of SA. We are very pleased that training and professional matters will benefit from such outstanding leadership and wish them much success for their term.