The First Week

In the first week of the Respiratory System (RS) block, we were provided with two lectures as an introduction to the new system of transformative medical education at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran. The first lecture was held on Monday, 12 September 2022, followed by the second lecture on the next day, which is on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.

In addition to those lectures, we were also provided with research and innovation lectures on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, and Wednesday, 14 September 2022. Moreover, the first lecture was brought up by two professors from Gunma University, Japan.

At the end of the week, I did a meeting along with my group and supervisor doctor in the block of Respiratory System (RS). To my mind, the first week is kinda an introduction and motivation week to us to be able to face the new system of medical education. Hence, I will share my learning progress on each activity in this post.

Monday: Dean’s Lecture

On this day, all the medical students of Universitas Padjadjaran, especially the Year-I and Year-II students, attended the general lecture brought up by the Dean of The Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, who is Prof. Dr. Yudi Mulyana Hidayat, dr., Sp.OG(K). The topic of the lecture was transformative medical education with entitled “Transformasi Pendidikan Kesehatan di Unpad: Menjawab Tantangan Problematik Kesehatan di Indonesia”.

There are 3 milestones for the transformation of medical education in Indonesia. It starts from the Science Based where we just learn about basic & clinical science. Then, It was brought to another level by Problem Based Learning (PBL) where active learning and inter-profession started to be implemented. Now, we have to face the System Based, which is built for a better health system in Indonesia.

As the image above, System Thinking is one of the frameworks in health system science. Hence, the more implemented system thinking, the health system science will become much better for a country, especially for our country, Indonesia.

Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad) is one of the universities in Indonesia that implemented the Academic Health System (AHS). As a medical student in Unpad, I’m truly grateful for being the one who can learn with the AHS and I hope that we can be a doctor that useful and worldwide. As the Unpad’s slogan: Bermanfaat dan mendunia.


Tuesday: Introduction and Guest Lecture

On this day, all the medical students who got the RS block, including me, attended an introductory lecture on Jatinangor Campus. The lecture was brought up by Dr. Yuni Susanti Pratiwi, dr., M.Kes., who is the coordinator of the Respiratory System (RS) block.

The lecture was quite going well, besides there were some students who attended lately. Throughout the lecture, we were provided with some important information regarding the schedule and learning methods in the RS block that we have to face for the next 8 weeks. In general, the schedule and learning methods are quite similar to the previous semester. We still got a tutorial, SEKAR (lecture), laboratory visit, and laboratory skills. The assessment methods are quite similar too, which consist of self-reflection, concept maps, and innovative ideas. Hence, I hope to be able to improve my progress from the previous block and semester.

Documentation of all medical students in the Respiratory System (RS) block along with dr. Yuni and dr. Putri.

Following the introductory lecture, the second lecture, which is the guest lecture was held directly on Jatinangor Campus. However, it was also held via Zoom Meeting for medical students because the offline lecture was primary for lecturers at The Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran.

In general, the lecture was brought up by two professors from Gunma University, which are Prof. Kei Hamazaki and Prof. Noriyuki Koibuchi. Each professor presented a different topic. Prof. Kei Hamazaki’s topic entitled “Role of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Mental Health” and Prof. Noriyuki Koibuchi’s topic entitled “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Brain Development”.

Indeed, I didn’t quite understand those topics. The sound from the offline meeting that was shared to the Zoom Meeting wasn’t clear enough though. So, it was quite hard enough to pay attention to the lecture. However, I got a few points from the Q&A session. Indeed, it was quite an interesting and motivational lecture for us.

Wednesday: Gradschool Lecture

As well as the previous day, on this day, we got a lecture again regarding research and innovation. It was an interesting and motivational lecture as well and brought up by a lecturer at The Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Padjadjaran, who is Dr. Apt. Dian Ayu Eka Pitaloka, M.Si. The topic of the lecture was entitled “In-Silico Pharmacology for Drug Discovery and Overcoming Drug Resistance in Tuberculosis”.

Throughout the lecture, I wasn’t quite sure to be able to understand all of the topics of the lecture. However, I got a few points from the lecture where computation technology has brought medical or health issues to be able to overcome. With the In-Silico technic, which is the main topic of the lecture, we could simulate and predict the interaction between a compound to a specific targeted protein or receptor. To my mind, It was a quite sophisticated thing to do.

The meeting was held very well via Zoom Meeting with no serious problem, but I really hope that we could attend the meeting directly or by an offline meeting so we could interact directly with the lecturer.

Friday: First Meet of Our Tutorial Group!

On the last day of the week, we did our first meeting as group 8 in the Respiratory System (RS) block along with our supervisor doctor, who is Dr. Reza Widianto Sudjud, dr., Sp.An-KAKV., KIC., M.Kes. In general, it was a short meeting to get to know each other, especially with dr. Reza, along with a few discussions about the learning methods for our group. To my mind, dr. Reza was a kind doctor with a slightly humorous character.

The meeting was held quite well with minor problems, such as several group members trying to reconnect due to a bad network signal in Jatinangor. Therefore, I hope that we could do an offline meeting next time at Jatinangor Campus.

Documentation of our first meeting.