The History of Internal Medicine Specialist Program, Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University, cannot be separated from the establishment of  Hasanuddin University, Faculty of Medicine. Initially, the Faculty of Medicine, established on September 10, 1956, had no teaching staff or clinical education curriculum. After four years of establishment, students began their clinical clerkship in the Internal Medicine Department, and then eventually, other departments began to develop.

Prof. Dr. Ma’ruf was the pioneer of the Internal Medicine Specialist Program. He graduated from the medical school of Geneeskundige hooge, a school that had changed its name to Ika Daigako then. It is now known as the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia. Dr. Ma’ruf, who was previously a soldier, chose to leave military training and continued his medical education at the University Utrecht in the Netherlands.

After completing his Internist Specialist Program in the Netherlands in 1955, Dr. Ma’ruf started working in Makassar Pelamonia Hospital. His employment at Pelamonia Hospital allowed him to apply all the education and training at Utctret. He was offered by Professor Warsh, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hasanuddin, to become one of the first lecturers.

The establishment of the Internal Medicine Specialist Program started after the employment of several doctors as Prof. Ma’ruf’s assistants in the Internal Medicine Department, namely dr. Santa Jota, who is a doctor who graduated from Airlangga University, dr. Giyo Yongcu, dr. Lin Sekom, dr. Filipus Atihuta and dr Junus Alkatiri . Amongst those five assistants, dr. Santa Jota and dr. Jonah Alkatiri were the only people who completed their education in the Internal Medicine Specialist Program. Prof. Ma’ruf later recruited more doctors to become Internal Medicine Department assistants, namely Dr. Ham Akil, Dr. Hans Wewengkang, Dr. John Adam, Dr. Agus Tesy, Dr. Amir Abdullah, Dr. Rifai Amirudin, Dr. Harsinen Sanusi, and Dr. Edward Stephen Tehupeiory.

The early activities of the Internal Medicine Specialist Program were all centered in 2 major hospitals in Makassar, namely Pelamonia Hospital and Dadi Hospital. In 1962, proposed by Prof. Ma’ruf, Akademis Jaury Hospital, was founded by General M. Yusuf with the concept of a teaching hospital. Akademis Jaury Hospital later also became one of the central hospital for medical education activities of the Internal Medicine Specialist Program.

Dr. Santa Jota became the first physician assistant who was pronounced a specialist by Prof. Ma’ruf in 1969. Back then, the stipulation of becoming a specialist was not with passing a board test but rather by a personal appraisal from Prof. Ma’ruf. This kind of evaluation method was very common in the Netherlands.

In 1970, Health Consortium in Jakarta, which lies under the Ministry of Education and Culture, surveyed Hasanuddin University. The team gave recommendations to the assistants to complete their Internal Medicine Specialist Program in Jawa, specifically in University of Indonesia, Airlangga University, Diponegoro University and Padjajaran University.

In 1972, dr. Junus Alkatiri successfully obtained the title of Internist from Airlangga University. Then, dr. Ham Akil completed his study in Airlangga University in 1973, dr. Hans Wewengkang completed his study in Airlangga University in 1975, dr. Agus Tessy completed his study in the University of Indonesia in 1976, dr. John Adam completed his study in Padjajaran University in 1976, dr. Amir Abdullah chose to steeped in in the Pulmonology Department and earned the title of Pulmonologist from Airlangga University in 1976. Then, dr. Rifai Amiruddin completed his education in Diponegoro University in 1978, dr. Harsinen Sanusi took his specialist education in Airlangga University in 1979, and lastly dr. Edward Stephen Tehupeiory took completed his study as Internist in Airlangga University in 1979.

After completing their Internal Medicine Specialist Program in Java, the first generation of Hasanuddin’s Internal Medicine Department began to fight to formally effectuate the Internal Medicine Specialist Program and have it registered under the Ministry of Education and Culture. The main requirement of becoming the center for Internal Medicine education is to have at least seven divisions, including Cardiology, Gastroenterohepatology, Endocrine and Metabolic, Renal Hypertension, Hematology, Pulmonology, and Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine. Then,  Dr. Santa Jota continued his study to become a Cardiologist in the Netherlands in 1973. Upon his return from the Netherlands, Dr. Santa Jota was known as the first cardiologist skilled in Echocardiography.

While waiting for an official letter from the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Internal Medicine Specialist Program formally began accepting students on July 1, 1974. dr. Nico Paontoh, a graduate from the University of Indonesia, was the first resident, followed by dr. Halim Mubin who was accepted as a resident on January 1, 1975.

In establishing the Internal Medicine Education center in Hasanuddin University while simultaneously perfecting their scholars, our founding fathers decided to pursue subspecialty studies to deepen their knowledge of each division. dr. Junus Alkatiri studied cardiovascular medicine in Singapore in 1979 and completed his Cardiology Specialist Program at the University of Indonesia in 1981. dr. Ham Akil chose to study Gastroenterohepatology at the Institute of Gastroenterology, Japan, in 1976 and Erasmus University in the Netherlands in 1982. He earned the title Internist – Gastroenterohepatologist in 1986. dr. Hans Wewengkang underwent the Hematology-Oncology Medicine specialist program at Hong Kong University from 1978 to 1979. dr. John Adam studied endocrinology at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in 1982 and got his title as Endocrine Metabolic Consultant in 1986. dr. Agus Tessy chose to study Nephrology and Hypertension at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in 1982, and in the same year, dr. Harsinen Sanusi studied Endocrine and Metabolic disease and earned his consultant title in 1986. dr. Edward Tehupeiory studied Rheumatology and became a Rheumatologist in 1986, while in the same year, dr Rifai chose to study Gastroenterohepatology and became a consultant in 1986. And although at that time, dr. Hasan had not had an Internal Medicine Specialist Degree yet, and he gained expertise in Tropical Medicine from Thailand and alongside dr. Meyer, became the staff of the Infectious disease and Tropical Medicine Division in the Internal Medicine Department.

Finally, on September 5, 1979, after completing the 7 divisions, including cardiology, gastroenterohepatology, endocrine metabolic, renal hypertension, hematology, pulmonology, and Infectious disease and tropical medicine, the Internal Medicine Department if Hasanuddin University is approved and recognized as one of the Internal Medicine Education center in Indonesia.

On September 5, 1981, dr. Halim Mubin became the first resident to complete and passed his study in the Hasanuddin University Internal medicine specialist program and earned the title Internist. He then chose to continue his study at Mahidol University, Thailand, for Infectious disease and Tropical medicine from 1982 to 1985.

In 1986, Geriatric Medicine began to develop as a new division under the foster of dr. Junus Alkatiri after the Geriatric Symposium by Hasanuddin University Faculty of Medicine and Ikatan Dokter Indonesia Makassar branch, which dr. Junus leads himself. Then, dr. Wasis Udaya, who completed his Internist Specialist Program in 2002 continued to develop the division and earned the title  Consultant of Geriatric Medicine. Furthermore, dr. Syamsu, who completed his Internal Medicine Specialist Program in 1987, was sent to the University of Indonesia to continue his study in Allergy Immunology by 1989 which was completed in 1990. Then, dr. Hans Wewengkang handed the work on developing the Hematology-Oncology Medic division to dr. Andi Fachruddin completed his Internal medicine Study in 1994 and earned the title Consultant of Hematology-Oncology Medic in 2000.

Up until today, the Internal Medicine Specialist Program has been educating 572 residents and has graduated 416 Internal Medicine Specialist, which has spread all over Indonesia. The center of all the educational activities has devolved to Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital in 1987. Our department has also changed location base from time to time. Initially, our department was placed in Pelamonia Hospital, then moved to Dadi Hospital in 1987, and then to Wahidin Sudirohusodo hospital in 2009. In 2010, our department even moved to Hasanuddin Dental Hospital, then finally, up until now, our department is based in Hasanuddin University Hospital.

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