Ubaya Pharmacy Student Team Wins First Place In The Pharmacy English Debate

Two female students of the University of Surabaya (Ubaya) Faculty of Pharmacy won first prize in the Pharmacy English Debate Competition that took place at the 2019 Indonesian Pharmacy Student Scientific Week (PIMFI).

This year’s debate contest themed “Actualization of the Role of Pharmaceuticals in Medicine in the Modern Era“, the event of the Senate Association of Pharmacy Students throughout Indonesia (Ismafarsi) is held at Lambung Mangkurat University, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.

Fisia Niti Atmadja and Tan Yessika Kumalasari successfully defeated 16 teams from State Universities (PTN) and Private Universities (PTS) throughout Indonesia.  

They must prepare appropriate arguments according to motions or topics related to Pharmaceutical issues. 

Six motions or topics discussed in the debate competition were the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) forbids the sale of drugs through e-commerce, Pharmacists responsible for antibiotic resistance, Kemenristeksikti must require every health department to implement Interprofessional Education, herbal medicine products used as the primary therapy for treatment, Pillo Health as a health reminder robot, and Telemedicine to streamline Pharmaceutical services.

“This debate is our first debate using the British Parliamentary Debate System. We have to have good communication skills and coherently deliver the right arguments to convince the jury. At first, we were in doubt, but this is an outstanding achievement for us to qualify for the final round and win first place winner,” explained Fisia, the winner of the Best Speaker of the 2019 PIMFI Debate Competition.

Ike Dhiah Rochmawati, S.Farm., M.Farm.Klin., Apt., Ubaya Faculty of Pharmacy lecturer said that by participating in a number of competitions in the Pharmacy field, students would indirectly be trained to become more confident.

In addition, the experience gained during the competition makes them practice integrating the knowledge they have gained and sharpens critical thinking in cases related to the Pharmacy field. 

“All of that will be needed when they become Pharmacists as professional health workers,” said Ike Dhiah Rochmawati, S.Farm., M.Farm.Klin., Apt.. 

Intensive training was carried out by Fisia and Yessika by discussing it with the supervisor. They conduct debate simulations according to the motions or topics to be faced at the competition.

Fisia, Ubaya Faculty of Pharmacy fifth semester student revealed that the most difficult challenge was when they had to face a team from a well-known university in Indonesia in the final round.

“In the final round, we got a motion or impromptu topic. So all the teams were told to respond to a case or topic that we didn’t know before or without preparation. There, we were only given the opportunity to google briefly using a mobile phone. Afterward, we alternately gave arguments against the case given,” said Fisia. 

This national competition succeeded in getting the Ubaya team to win first place by bringing home a trophy, certificate, and prize money. Gadjah Mada University won second place and Ahmad Dahlan University won third place.

“I hope that other Pharmacy students will be encouraged to accept the challenges in other competitions as a place for learning outside of lectures and practicum. The learning arena is not only knowledge but also confidence, networking, to a good attitude in respectfully expressing professional opinions,” concluded Ike who also serves as a Supervising Lecturer, Friday (30/8/2019). (tok/rst)