Dr Margie Venter qualified as a Clinical Oncologist in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch. After working as a consultant oncologist at Tygerberg hospital for a couple of years, she joined the Cancercare, Vergelegen practice in Somerset West in 2007. In 2014 she left the practice to join ICON, an oncology managed healthcare organization, where she worked for 6 months.
Her journey into palliative care started in 2016 when she completed her post graduate diploma in palliative medicine at the University of Cape Town. In this year she also attended the Serious Illness Care Program training in Boston under the auspices of Ariadne Labs and Harvard Medical School. This program focuses on communication in serious illness (https://www.ariadnelabs.org/areas-of-work/serious-illness-care/).
In 2017 she initiated a palliative care service in private practice and established a network of palliative care health care providers in Stellenbosch who were keen to collaborate.
Always curious to learn a little more about her new found passion, she did a further 6 months training course at the Centre for Palliative Care Training, Harvard Medical School in 2018/2019 (PCEP: https://pallcare.hms.harvard.edu/).
She is otherwise frequently asked to assist with the palliative care training programs of oncology registrars and the post graduate diploma at UCT and the undergraduate medical students at the University of Stellenbosch.
She volunteers her time to assist at the Stellenbosch Hospice in a clinical capacity and serves on the Stellenbosch Hospice board.
She answers some questions about her life’s work on the FAQ page.