ITS Campus, ITS News– Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), as a technology-based campus, also has a role in developing technology in the health sector. In response to this, this year ITS has again opened a new study program for the undergraduate (S1) level, namely Medical Technology, which is the development of the Biomedical Engineering study program.
ITS Rector Prof. Dr. Ir Mochamad Ashari MEng IPU AEng stated that ITS officially opened the Medical Technology undergraduate study program starting this 2022/2023 academic year. This Medical Technology Study Program will be under the auspices of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “In addition to Telecommunication Engineering, ITS also opens new Medical Technology study programs through the Independent and Partnership pathways starting this year,” said the professor of Electrical Engineering.
Furthermore, the rector, who is familiarly called Ashari, explained that ITS must be able to expand its scientific fields, not only in the areas of technology and science but also in the health sector. The health sector is not only a medical study program but also medical technology. “In addition to Medical Technology, in the future, ITS will launch other health study programs.” Said Ashari.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department, Dr. Achmad Arifin ST MEng, informed that the discipline of health technology at ITS had been initiated in 1984. Then ITS started to open the first health technology discipline department, Biomedical Engineering. In 2022, Biomedical Engineering will develop with the formation of the Medical Technology study program.
The lecturer, usually called Arifin, emphasized that the difference between Biomedical Engineering and Medical Technology is the implementation of these disciplines. Biomedical Engineering has the realm of manufacturing and developing technology and research aspects, while medical technology is more about applying the technology created. “Because they are still in the same group, students who are interested in electronics and health can take part in the ITS partnership and independent selection,” he explained.
The plan is that the first batch of the Medical Technology S1 study program will consist of 40 students using the Joint Lecture Coordination Sub-Directorate Building (SKPB) to run lectures later. In addition, medical laboratories such as anatomy and physiology cooperate with the Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga, while laboratories for physics, chemistry, and biology courses are located at ITS.
Furthermore, Arifin explained the description of the lectures of Medical Technology students at ITS. In the first year, the curriculum used is similar to Biomedical Engineering. Then from the second to the final year, students will be facilitated to practice more directly with doctors, such as operating medical devices directly on patients.
The ITS Medical Technology Undergraduate Study Program has experienced teaching staff. Some of these lecturers include Dr. Ir Adhi Dharma Wibawa ST MT as Head of Medical Engineering Study Program, who is an expert in the field of biomedical signal processing, Dr. Dhany Arifianto ST MEng, who is an expert in audiology, Hamdan Dwi Rizqi SSi MSi who is an expert in biochemistry, and several other competent lecturers.
Arifin hopes that with the establishment of the Medical Technology S1 study program, ITS’s vision can be realized, namely the use of technology in health. In addition, the hope for undergraduate students of Medical Technology is that the skills learned can be used as knowledge supplies to be able to serve the community. “That way, the ideals of the founder of ITS to serve health through technology can be achieved,” said Arifin hopefully. (ITS Public Relation)
Reporter: Regy Zaid Zakaria
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