Associate Professor Gerda Marié Reitsma is currently the Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University (NWU). She has a PhD in Teaching and Learning (2006), Higher Education Diploma (Cum Laude) (2002) and an MSc (1996).
She was appointed as Health Professions Education Researcher in 2014, where she focussed on promoting SoTL, faculty development and on Health Science Education in the Higher Education context. Under her leadership, the Centre for Health Professions Education was established. She is responsible for implementing the Faculty Strategic Teaching and Learning Plan through projects focussing on curriculum transformation, blended learning, graduate attributes, staff development and mentoring, work-integrated learning, interprofessional education and student development. Her outputs include articles in national and international journals, conference presentations and post-graduate students. She is a SAFRI fellow, Chair of the SAAHE Northern Region, and the Secretariat and Treasurer of AfrIPEN.