Meet the amazing Kentse Mpolokeng who is the youngest lecturer at UCT and take lessons from how everything seemingly falls in place for those who strive.
Kentse Mpolokeng joined UCT in 2016 as an Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy through the nGAP programme. She was born and raised in the Free State. In 2008 she began her BSc degree at the University of the Free State, where her love of the discipline of anatomy began and continued to develop through her honours degree in 2012. In 2013, Kentse started her Master’s degree in Medical Sciences Anatomy and Cell Morphology at the University of the Free State which she obtained c-m laude in 2016 “the prevalence of anatomic variations in the intraorbital part of the ophthalmic artery and its branches within a cadaver population”. She earned an NRF Free standing Scholarship for her Masters. Subsequently, Kentse joined the University of Western Cape in the Department of Medical Biosciences as a staff member in the position of Officer of Anatomy and was soon promoted to Senior Officer of Anatomy. In these positions she coordinated, oversaw prepared and demonstrated practicals to anatomy students, coordinated meetings and facilitation of the work-study students and the professional support staff weekly meetings. She was also involved in preparations of anatomical specimens through the implementation of the National Health Act. Through this work she co-supervised five 3rd year student’s research projects.
In her current position at UCT, she is involved with teaching the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students, some teaching in the Human Biology BSc. courses and the medical student intervention programme. She is also facilitating a first year Problem-Based-Learning module on a weekly basis. She has co-supervised two honours students in 2016, and is currently co-supervising two honours students’ projects within Human Anatomy. Kentse has become an active member of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa. Through her role in the emerging researcher programme at UCT Kentse is building her academic skills through workshops on applying for research grants, how to prepare and present her research at conferences, as well as building important mentorship of peers around her.
In 2017, she was listed under the Education Category in the Mail & Guardian #200 Young South Africans.
Her main research focus is in Clinical Anatomy and her research interest is Orbital Vascular supply.
Source: University of Cape Town web page.