YOGYAKARTA- Today, Thursday (30/12), UGM Faculty of Medicine inaugurated 142 new doctors at Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP). The new doctors consisting of 46 male and 96 female doctors were inaugurated by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc., Ph.D.
One of the new doctors was Riana Helmi, the youngest doctor in Indonesia who was anugurated at the age of 19 years and 9 months. Riana was awarded a plaque from the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) for her achievement. She was born in Banda Aceh on March 22, 1991. The award was presented by Sri Widayanti, representing the Chairman of MURI, Jaya Suprana, to the Dean before being handed over to Riana.
According to Widayanti, Riana was once awarded by MURI as the youngest person to achieve the medical degree at the age of 17 and 9 months. UGM Faculty of Medicine had also received an award from MURI for its achievement during the AIDS commemoration day with its record in having longest ribbon (500 m), having most medical journals download, and biggest mass tooth brushing event.
Meanwhile, Prof. dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M. Sc,. Ph.D., said although Riana is the youngest doctor, she is believed to be capable and mature psychologically and socially. "Although she is the youngest medical graduate and the youngest doctor, we remain confident that Riana is mature socially and psychologically, so it is no problem for her to serve the community," said Ghufron.
In that occasion Ghufron also hoped that the doctors, who took doctor’s oath in their inauguration, while working for the community would emphasize the principles of safety and efficiency. Ghufron admitted the many cases of medical errors that harmed people and tarnished the image of doctors. "Learning from cases of medical errors, the new doctors are expected to uphold the principle of safety and efficiency," he expressed his hope.
To the new doctors, Ghufron also said that they will seriously implement the internship program. Internship is apprenticeship for 1 year at the type C and D clinics or hospitals that aim to harmonize the educational outcomes and field practices.
In the same place, the Chairman of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) of the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region, Dr. Bambang Suryono Suwondo, Sp.An.KIC.KNA, in his speech hoped that the new doctors will be able to develop herbal therapies such as those set in Health Minister’s regulation no 1109/2007. "Herbs may accompany or replace pharmacy that has already existed as far as there is evidence of efficacy through clinical trial," said Bambang.
With the inauguration of the 142 new doctors, up until now the UGM Faculty of Medicine has inagurated as many as 7204 doctors. Of the 142 new doctors, 83 graduated cum laude. The best graduate was Agus Simahendra with 3.97 GPA. Meanwhile, the oldest doctor this time was Noor Hanani Binti Mohd Hilmin who graduated at the age of 25 years and 10 months.