UNAIR NEWS – In effort to improve human resources of health and dentistry higher education, Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) UNAIR held a public lecture by inviting Dikti’s Science and Technology Resources General Director, Prof. Dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc., Ph.D of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. The public lecture was attended by dozens of participants either from students or lecturers of FKG. It was held in lecture room B, Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) on Thursday, October 13.
In the occasion, Ali emphasized the importance of preparation in dentistry or other medical education as in MEA era, competition and competitiveness is the key for doctors not only placed in Indonesia but also other countries. According to Ali, the mindset of dentists in MEA era should be adjusted, not only think that the market is limited in Surabaya but ASEAN.
“Indonesia is a country with great natural resources, as well as on human resources. With this great number, skills become important. They can be trained through supporting facilities,” said Ali.
Responsibilities of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Research, Technology and Hieger education are many. From the schemes showed by Ali, the Philippines has the most doctors and sent professionals the most compared to Indonesia when Indonesia has more population than the Philippines. Ali also showed that there are a lot of people look for treatments abroad, like in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.
“If we work with local mindset, it will not be competitive. Whatever pursued, targeted is always small. We’ll see later that the dentists in 2019 as at least need 90 faculty of dentistry,” said Ali.
Talking about quantity, in medicine there’s always competence test. Dental hospital is important to support the skill of dentistry students. Some things dentists need to consider are competition and skill they have, not only about having a position or practice permit. If only have position without competition and supporting skills, someday it can cause problems when malpractice happens.
Dentists are also expected to have a calling on reaching remote areas and borders. Therefore, it is important to produce dentists with character. Education system must be coordinated in one unity in order to get skills which are needed.
“Don’t forget, hospital system service should also be excellent. Do not let dentist missed the service management based on insurance. Not only the human resource, the market must be paid attention too. For now, we are also expected to provide facilities in dental hospital belong Faculty of Dentistry,” said Ali before ending the lecture. (*)
Author: Lovita Marta
Editor: Nuri Hermawan