This is how hospital protects medical specialist program students during pandemic

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Implementation of offline learning for Faculty of Medicine’s residents at Dr. Soetomo Hospital. (Photo: By courtesy)
Implementation of offline learning for Faculty of Medicine’s residents at Dr. Soetomo Hospital. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – The pandemic does not seem to end soon. As a result, many sectors of life are affected. Education is one of the sectors affected. Education is required to run well even though currently the educational process must follow the adaptation of new habits.

Dr. Soetomo Hospital, apart from being a hospital that provides services to the community, is also a teaching hospital. One of them is for students of Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga. In a pandemic era like this, Dr. Soetomo Hospital has a special strategy to give protection both psychologically and physically for students who are conducting clinical education there.

“So, we (Dr. Soetomo Hospital, ed) have a Hospital Disaster Plan. In this case, there is a room allocated for infectious diseases. It is an effort to protect patients, health workers, residents, and PPDS (Medical Specialist Education Program students),” explained Prof. Dr. Cita Rosita Sigit Prakoeswa, dr., Sp.KK (K), FINDSV., in a webinar held by FK UNAIR on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

In the webinar to commemorate 66th Anniversary of UNAIR and 107 Years of Medical Education in Surabaya, Prof. Cita said that beside UNAIR Hospital, Dr. Soetomo Hospital is the main teaching hospital for PPDS FK UNAIR.

“The total number of rotating PPDS students is 1,730. Dr. Soetomo Hospital is the main teaching hospital of FK UNAIR and of course with UNAIR Hospital, ” she said.

Webinar held by FK UNAIR on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, to commemorate 66th anniversary of UNAIR and 107 years of medical education in Surabaya. (Photo: By courtesy)

RSUD Dr. Soetomo Hospital also made adjustments to outpatient clinic PPDS resources. As the ratio of the number of patients with PPDS at the time of the pandemic is different from before and tends to decline. “We made adjustment to the PPDS posted in outpatient clinic according to patients,” said Prof. Cita.

Based on the conditions in the field, Dr. Soetomo Hospital finally considered two things that could be done to maintain the psychological and physical well-being of PPDS participants. “PPDS participants are also given the freedom to work in the Covid-19 patient service voluntarily, this is to ensure the psychological well-being of the residents. We also issue regulations and redistribution of clinical practice rotation in turns with the least number possible to ensure physical well-being, ” she said.

“We have to be concerned about the welfare of PPDS doctors but also care about the fulfillment of competencies,” said Prof. Cita.

Meanwhile, for FK UNAIR residents, Dr. Soetomo Hospital together with FK UNAIR and UNAIR Hospital decided to carry out education by blended learning. “So, those which can be done online are done online. But what cannot be done so, can be done offline, ” she said.

FK UNAIR residents are carrying out blended learning education at Dr. Soetomo Hospital starting 9 November 2020 for the first batch. However, prior to doing offline learning, the doctors are required to fulfill several requirements a week in advance, including the swab test.

“This swab test is of course funded by FK UNAIR and Dr. Soetomo Hospital, ” concluded Prof. Cita. (*)

Author: Icha Nur Imami Puspita


Editor: Feri Fenoria

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