Visiting Scholar

Lynelle Govender, MBChB, MPhil (HPE)

Senior Lecturer, Division of Anatomical Pathology,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town,
South Africa

Dates of Visit: December 11 – 15, 2023


Dr. Lynelle Govender is a medical doctor and health professions educator. She graduated with her MBChB in 2010, a PG Dip (HPE) in 2017, and a MPhil (HPE) cum laude in 2021. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, where she teaches primarily at an undergraduate level in the Division of Anatomical Pathology. Her research interests relate to career decision making in medical graduates. This research area informs her upcoming PhD candidacy with Maastricht University. Additionally, she is interested in exploring the experiences of health care professionals who have transitioned to a career in health professions education. She demonstrates commitment to all aspects of HPE scholarship. She contributes to the field through publication, reviewing, and as an active Associate Fellow with AMEE, a ERC member with ASME and is a committee member of the Western Cape chapter of SAAHE (South African Association for Health Educationalists).

Purpose of Visit

During this visit to CHES, Dr. Govender will be meeting with individual members of the CHES community to discuss research ideas, and explore areas of joint interest. In particular, she hopes to learn about the unique factors that Canadian medical graduates face in their career decision making. Additionally, she hopes to engage with the personal stories of CHES scholars who may have transitioned from a health profession to HPE. Broadly, Dr. Govender hopes to learn more about the work of CHES, and act as a collaborative link between CHES, and the HPE community in South Africa.

Lynelle is the recipient of the Glenn Regehr Global Networking & Visitor Fund.