Max Rath: Meet the WHI Team Series

In the spirit of storytelling, we feel it’s important for the WHI team to be the brilliant individuals they are. “Meet the WHI Team” is a series of short and sharp interviews with the core members, giving them an opportunity to share their story and put a face to the great work being done.

Max Rath is first up.

 1. The basics: your name, background and role(s) at WHI?

Max Rath. Internal medicine registrar at the University of the Witwatersrand. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand. Founder and head of division at WHI

2. How did you get started at WHI?

As an intern at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town I was inspired by their Innovation hub and the impact of the projects on the hospital’s culture, patients and staff. I realised that South African healthcare workers are often highly motivated to solve problems other than those of the individual patient. Moving up to Joburg at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital I realised the opportunity for a similar initiative at Wits-affiliated hospitals. So in January 2019, together with Wits’ Faculty of
Health Sciences, I started WHI.

3. What gets you up in the morning?

Knowing that with persistence anything can be achieved.

4. A day in the life of Dr. Max Rath?

7am wakeup (I often plan to exercise from 6 but this rarely materializes)

7-7h20 emails

8h00 to 16h00 work as medical registrar, sometimes with a lunchtime Zoom meeting

16h00 – 19h00 combination of exercise, WHI meetings, project updates and emails.

19h00-20h00 dinner

20h00 – 22h00 combination of studying, work on my MMed or leisure reading

22h00 bed

5. What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the South African healthcare sector?

Difficult for me to answer

6. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown me…

Inertia, status quo and bureaucracy have no place in a pandemic

7. 2020 so far has…

Shown healthcare how much it needs to change.

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