Ahmad Faishal, S. Ked
Last week, we got the opportunity to interview one of our Senior, Ahmad Faishal, S.Ked., or also known as Koko! As the Local Coordinator of CIMSA FK Unpad 2014-2015, he is one of the most influential person in CIMSA! There are many things to learn from his experience, after finishing his pre-clinical study and now embarking his journey in the clinical study.
“Hello, Ko! Can you tell us your own story in CIMSA, up until you became the Local Coordinator of CIMSA FK Unpad?”
At first, I am not intending to become LOCO. I was aiming for LPO (Local Public Health Officer). But until a few days before the deadline of the the LOCO registration, there was no one that applied for the position, so then I was contacted by one of my senior. At the beginning, I did not have any slightest idea of being a LOCO. Going back to my high school days, I never became a leader of any organization. But then I thought this was my call, and by becoming LOCO, I could improve myself better. Finally, after considering many things, I applied for becoming LOCO and here I am.
“And then, why did you decide to become the Regional Coordinator of Region 4?”
It’s a bit different from the reason why I became a LOCO. That time, I already had goals in mind. At the moment, we had Universitas Islam Bandung (UNISBA) as an observer. My goal was to keep in touch with UNISBA. Why? Because I wanted to encourage them to become one of CIMSA’s local. That time, region 4 only had 1 local, which was CIMSA FK Unpad. Unlike the other regions, we couldn’t hold big regional events because of the limited human resources. By having UNISBA, we could develop region 4, thus having a place for evaluating each other.
“What is your reason for becoming a trainer?”
After all the things and experiences I got in CIMSA, I want to apply all of that. By becoming a trainer, not only I could give knowledge and experience to other people, but the things you shared would bounce back to you. The second reason is to expand my link and relation to people in the other regions. After all the things I’ve been through, I feel that I shouldn’t do things half-heartedly, so then I decided to go all out and become an expert trainer.
“When you were in your freshman year, why did you choose to be active in community development?”
First, because I think it is in line with my reasons of becoming a doctor. I quoted from the Hadiths, “As good as a man can be, is becoming helpful towards other.” Besides, I like to read data and statistics about health in Indonesia. CIMSA’s “Empowering Medical Students, Improving Nation’s Health” really inspired me as a medical student to participate in improving the nation’s health. But sadly, up until now, there wasn’t any significant effect. Why? Because the key in improving nation’s health is not only in the government, not in the Ministry of Health, not in the medical providers, but also in the community itself. When the community does not have any awareness about health issues, the education and promotion we gave would not have any effect on them. As one of the Co-founders of IHSEF (Indonesia Health Study and Education Forum), we would like to invite the community to have a discussion regarding the health issues. That’s why in CIMSA, we have Community Development and our projects need to be sustainable.
“Have you ever contemplated the hope you have not reached yet?”
Of course! As a person and a health care provider soon-to-be, I would like Indonesian doctors not to be material-oriented. Well, I know that every person has their own reasons, for example, being a specialist that has a high amount of wage. It’s okay that everyone has their own reasons, but we need to go back to our principle as a doctor, as a helper. Not only thinking about what we get, but focusing on what we should give as a health care provider.
“What potential does CIMSA have that you think is still not maximized yet?”
I think Sustainable Projects in CIMSA haven’t worked that well. But, Community Development-based Project and Sustainable Project have high potentials to be improved further. Maximize the Com-Dev and Sus-Pro projects! Take as many lessons as you can and share as many benefits as you can to the others! CIMSA is one of the health organizations that has potentials to be the cutting edge to help government in health sector. “If the world has WHO, Indonesia has CIMSA.”
“If you could go back to the past, is there anything or any regret that you have, that you want to change? Do you want to do something different so the results might change?”
If I could go back through time, I want to prepare and learn things about how to be a better LOCO. Even though I think I have done my best at becoming a LOCO, but maybe some people don’t see it like that and think that I could have done it better at some points. My point is, don’t ever be late to learn and don’t ever feel tired of learning things, because like what Imam Syafi’i said, “If you can’t stand the fatigue of study, then you will feel the poignant of stupidity.”
“In what aspect does CIMSA affect your life, Ko?”
In lots of things! CIMSA has boosted my confidence, improved my public speaking skills, and taught me everything including the meaning of friendships and love (and by love, I mean loyalty, haha!). Through CIMSA, I understood the varieties of people’s characteristics and how to deal with each one of them, and through that, I learned how to build friendships that will be very helpful in building doctor-patient relationships. CIMSA has taught me how to improve the love for CIMSA and what does it mean to become loyal, because in CIMSA, there is no ‘hit-and-run’ projects. And of course, I learned lots of soft skills that are very useful when I get to meet the patients, such as how to break the bad news to the patients and their family, how to educate and influence patients so they understand about their problems and want to follow your instructions as their doctor, how to show your empathy, and many others.
“So, Koko, you are one of the co-founders of IHSEF, right? Could you please tell us more about IHSEF?”
IHSEF or Indonesia Health Study and Education Forum was established in February 2015 by dr. Dani Ferdian (the founder of Volunteer Doctors). He asked me and my friend to help establishing together. Basically, we want to synchronize people’s perceptions regarding health problems. We want to educate society by doing direct interventions to some communities. The intervention that IHSEF does, not only includes seminar or talk show to the community, but also includes discussion about the problems/topics with the community. The goal of the discussion is to know what they know and what they don’t know about the topics. And after that, we can decide the best way to educate them.
“Was your academic life ever get disturbed by CIMSA, Ko?”
It really depends on how you balance your time between your duty as a student and your duty as a part of CIMSA. Of course, you will feel tired and sleepy, but it goes back to how you manage your time and priorities. It’s normal to have changes in your daily timeline plans. Quoted from a wise person, timeline is just like a bookshelf, the more the books you put in the shelf, the sturdier the book shelf gets. Besides, being busy with organization activities will put us in the condition where we must catch up what we miss and that makes us study, whether we like it or not.
“Ko, is there any benefit from CIMSA’s projects that we can apply while handling the real patients?”
Totally, yes! I once had a patient with a bad lifestyle, and the disease thus accompanied by diabetes. I did history taking, physical examination, until educating the patient just like when I handled the patients at World Diabetes Day (WDD) project from SCOPH! It really felt like I was doing a project, not doing my co-ass duty! I really feel grateful that I join CIMSA.
“Last but not least! Do you have one last thing you want to say to CIMSA?”
CIMSA is a medical students-based organization that dinamically participates in improving nation’s health. I want you guys to retain the spirit in keeping the enthusiasm because for achieving the same goals, we need to work together. Keep moving forward, keep going for Indonesia’s health tirelessly, as if we are the heart that keeps the work for the others.