Dr Catherine Gathu is the Programme Director, department of Family Medicine
Dr Catherine Gathu, a faculty member, Department of Family Medicine at AKU Medical College, East Africa has attained the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
She joins a pool of 45 AKU HEA Fellows and more than 143,250 HEA Fellows across the globe who are recognised professionals in teaching in higher education.
Acknowledging her appointment, Dr Gathu said, “This status demonstrates my commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education by benchmarking my academic practice with the internationally recognized standards. It’s the recognition of my role across the full range of my academic duties.”
Dr Gathu who is an alumnus of AKU, is currently the Programme Director in the department of Family Medicine where she coordinates the training of post graduate family medicine residents. In addition, she is also a senior instructor and a consultant Family Physician.
The FHEA qualification is awarded to professionals who can demonstrate they meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. By applying to be a Fellow of HEA, individuals are able to engage with a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.
Prof Lukoye Atwoli, Dean, AKU Medical College, East Africa said, “As an institution, we are always proud of the achievements of our faculty. Dr Gathu will be using her expertise to support and extend our teaching excellence at the Medical College, East Africa and we are justifiably proud of her.”
Dr Gathu holds a Masters in Medical Education from the University of South Wales and a Masters of Medicine, Family Medicine from AKU Medical College, East Africa. She is also a member of the Kenya Association of Family Physicians and her areas of expertise are in Primary Health Care, Cardio Metabolic Medicine and Medical Education.