Two of our students at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI) made achievements in an international scientific event entitled Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, and Immunology Competition Special Edition (SIMPICSED) organized by the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand on the 13th – March 14, 2021. They were Gideon Hot Partogi Sinaga (FKUI class of 2018) and Ariel Valentino Soetedjo (FKUI class of 2016).
SIMPIC, or changed its name to SIMPICSED this year, is an annual international competition which held as an exchange of knowledge for medical students, especially related to infectious diseases, microbiology, immunology and parasitology. Apart from the name change, the competition was also being held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 students from 12 countries participated in SIMPICSED 2021.
“The competition at SIMPIC consists of several stages, the first stage is an individual exam and followed by the next stage which is a team competition consisting of 4 students. The individual with the top ranked score will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, while the 40 teams with the highest average team score will advance to the next stage. We both won bronze in this individual exam, ”said Gideon Hot Partogi Sinaga to FKUI Public Relations Office.
The achievements made by FKUI students are of course inseparable from the role of the supervisors who accompanied them during the preparation and performance of the competition. The supervisors are Dr. dr. Yeva Rosana, MS, SpMK (K); dr. Yenny Djuardy, PhD; Dra. Beti Ernawati Dewi, PhD; and dr. Dimas Seto Prasetyo, SpMK.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the supervisors. Their enthusiasm in guiding us during the preparation period, even though it was done online, was one of the triggers for our enthusiasm to compete in SIMPICSED 2021, “said Ariel Valentino Soetedjo.
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, Sp.PD-KGEH, MMB, highly appreciates this proud news, “Even in the midst of a pandemic, this does not dampen the enthusiasm of students to excel at the international level. I congratulate the SIMPICSED team, especially Gideon and Ariel who won the bronze medal. I also appreciate the supervisors who certainly made best efforts to prepare the students as much as possible. Hopefully their achievements will inspire other students to thrive while studying at FKUI. “
Congratulations to both students who have made great achievements. Hopefully this can be an encouragement and pride for Indonesia.
(FKUI Public Relations Office)