dr. M. Roestenberg

What's better than explaining something about parasitology to people? After all, it is the best specialism that there is. During the course, I get the chance to tell you about crazy, weird and fascinating animals: parasites. They are very diverse and you can grow them in many unusual ways. Their development is intriguing and the weirdness of nature is visible in the parasite. I like to use visuals to describe the process, building the story of a human around the parasite, allowing participants to envisage what the parasite does, but also what people notice about it. I express and depict it in such a way that the audience really sees it. It is not a something we see very often, so it's important for doctors that they have an image in their mind when making a diagnosis. I build from the participants starting point using iconic pictures to create an exciting account of it, and make sure they have a ‘take home message’ engraved in their brain. I use a summary slide to tell them what to think about when making such a diagnosis to help them commit it to memory. After this, it is up to the individual to make an identification on their own. As the groups on the course are international I use dishes from their country of origin in my examples: a parasite in the Sushi, for instance. I work interactively, asking questions, challenging the participants to think and I appeal to the different styles of learning. I always try to get involved and work in a visual, easy and accessible way which makes it low-threshold. Above all, I find my job very enjoyable and the course we offer is, thanks to my colleagues, excellent; very varied and educational.