UBAYA has recently expanded its portfolio of teaching programmes through the establishment of its Medical Study Programme. The University is cooperating with Dr. Soekandar Hospital; a state sponsored establishment that highlights UBAYA’s collaborative efforts with the government. The study programme models its learning approach on ‘Inter-Professional Education’ (IPE). This is a concept in which students from different professions learn from and with each other, to form effective cooperation and improve healthcare outcomes. As such, UBAYA’s medical students will be sharing the same core subjects with pharmacy, biotechnology and psychology students.
The Medical Study Programme’s forward-thinking curriculum focuses on vocational and clinical studies that include problem-based learning and extensive laboratory experience. Students are taught the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, immunology, biochemistry and pharmacology. In addition, medical students are introduced to herbal therapy and medical technology as part of their curriculum. Traditional herbal medicine in Indonesia has been practised for many centuries, and their uses are still prevalent, whereas the use of medical technology in conventional medicine has become increasingly important. By exposing UBAYA’s medical students to these fields, graduates are able to utilise their potential to benefit the country, both clinically and economically.
Indonesia’s current national health system has spurred a demand for higher quality healthcare. As such, the country’s healthcare sector’s dependence on medical technology cannot be overstated. As a result of these innovations, healthcare practitioners can continuously find ways to improve this sector in Indonesia. Drawing upon this, the Medical Study Programme at UBAYA aims to contribute to the development of Indonesia’s healthcare infrastructure and improve the skills of physicians.