Dr Van Wyk has been teaching in Higher Education since 1995 and at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM) since 2000 when she was appointed as the education consultant to implement a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum.
She has made a significant contribution to staff development and played various roles in the oversight of the curriculum which included the initial establishment of an integrated assessment office, improving of the quality of teaching and learning on the MBChB programme.
She served on each of the integrated theme design teams and on the assessment and curriculum design, and also played a central role in preparing for the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) accreditation visits of the PBL programme.
Van Wyk has engaged in research of her own and has presented papers at both international and national conferences. These research projects have been in collaboration with colleagues both in South Africa and internationally.
She has worked to advance and disseminate research through her supervision and contributes to debates in health professions education through service as a reviewer for international and local journals. She serves as a Deputy Editor for the African Journal for Health Profession Educators (AJHPE).