By: Jon Lee, Bima Hasjim, and Christina Tse
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine – April 19, 2016 / Indonesia Media
This summer, eleven medical students from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (UCI SOM) will be hosting a curriculum to educate Indonesian physicians in ultrasound techniques. UCI SOM has pioneered ultrasound education, extending its curriculum to international countries with the aim to push the spread of state-of-the-art medical technologies. However, there there has never been a program that targeted the Indonesian population until this year. The co-directors behind this project are first-year medical students from Jakarta, Indonesia, Jon Lee and Bima Hasjim. Jon Lee shared, “In the U.S., we are fortunate to have access to physicians, resources, and technology. Bima and I felt it necessary to create an opportunity to share our education with Indonesian providers and to collaborate for the betterment of Indonesian healthcare.” The Indonesia Ultrasound Team has partnered with Dinas Kesehatan, a government-run public health organization, in Bandung to teach physicians how to perform critical ultrasound techniques. Their primary goal is to teach life-saving ultrasound techniques that can be utilized widely in healthcare, improve maternal-fetal health, and to supplement expensive diagnostic tests. The team is also raising funds to donate a medical supplements and an ultrasound machine to the community.
Bandung struggles with high infant mortality, high prevalence of tuberculosis, and HIV. Their obstetrics ultrasound lessons may be vital for expectant mothers with high risk pregnancies. Additionally, with the Focused Assessment of Sonography During HIV and TB (FASH) scan, an efficient and low-cost ultrasound technique to diagnosing tuberculosis and HIV co-infections, the students aim to teach providers the skills to save lives and prevent the spread of infection. Through ultrasound, the Indonesia Ultrasound Team hope to address, educate, and raise awareness of these issues.
The students will also be involved in research initiatives involving ultrasound. Fellow student, Allen Yu, has developed a study examining the relationship between cardiac health and tobacco exposure with the goal of shedding more light on the consequences of smoking and promote smoking cessation. In another study, Esther Kim, has initiated a research project to assess bone health and fracture risk. Esther hopes to contribute to ultrasound research on bone health in areas where the costlier alternative, x-ray, is not readily accessible.
For more information or if you would like to help the Indonesia Ultrasound Team at UC Irvine please visit www.uciteamindonesia.com. ( IM )