Dokter Blog: from the desk of Rahajeng Tunjungputri

Medicine et cetera by @ajengmd

I’m now blogging on

I have been writing since 2005, so 5 years until now. I started with a variety of topics, and now I mostly blog about medicine. And I think by now I know that my writing can reach more audience, more than just my local peers or medical students. It’s a good time to “go international“.

And I was recently accepted and published as a blogger on a British Medical Journal (BMJ) group website, doc2doc, (as AjengMD).

For my first post, click here

Doc2doc is an international online community for doctors worldwide. And from the website, “doc2doc is a free of charge service offered by the BMJ Group. The BMJ Group is a trusted global medical publisher that provides a wide range of products and services to improve the decisions doctors make every day. On a day to day basis, doc2doc is run by its community manager, community clinical editor, and the editor of, all of whom are based at BMJ Group’s London office.” does not offer blog hosting. Interested blogging doctors/students have to apply with our own ideas and writings in order to blog there, and new bloggers will be reviewed based on the content of their blog posts. I don’t have my own URL on doc2doc, so my writing are published on doc2doc blog page. I was so excited that when I was accepted, it wasn’t just doc2doc who twittered me, but also BMJ Group.

This is the frontpage of the bloglist.

Another look on the summaries,

And, I’m really excited about this one:

So, maybe it’s time to take the blogging one step higher.



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Parasitology Identification 1


Dear Students,

Due to request of the parasitology tutorial I had with my student groups today, I decided to share this with you. Not the file itself obviously, but as usual, it is now available for your viewing pleasure and your studying on Slideshare.

Today we spent about 1 hour in class for “practice-exam” and discussion about these parasites.

Please study, and good luck for your exams. I wish you nothing but the best!

For the powerpoint slides click here



Some extra pics from today’s session:

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Phenylketonuria and Lecture on Inborn Error of Metabolism

As I am writing this I am highly distracted (and disturbed) by the news on TV about a corruption suspect trying to get away from the country for a “medical check-up”.

Let’s just focus on medicine and patient care for now.

Today we had a visiting lecturer from Jakarta, Dr. Damayanti Rusli Sjarif, PhD, SpA(K) about inborn error of metabolism in our Genetic Counseling master programme. The lecture itself was insightful and as most lectures from our visiting lecturers (because they only visit once every semester) is highly dense with information.

What is most interesting is the fact that there are quite a lot of cases of inborn error of metabolism in Indonesia, and since diagnostic examinations for these diseases are most of the time not available in Indonesia, many patients go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. We can never say that it’s not that particular diseases, when we don’t know whether it’s that particular disease or not. Which brings me to quote House of God, a book by Samuel Shem, where the main character said, “If you don’t take a temperature, you can’t find a fever”.

As a part of the lecture we had to prepare and present a case about phenylketonuria.

And here is my presentation (with some corrections after the lecture). As usual, it’s the picture below is linked to the presentation.

As usual, the presentation include some images from other references, no copyright infringement intended. Until next time.



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Medically irrelevant dream career


This is completely off topic and medically irrelevant.

But can I confess something?

This is what I really want to be doing in life, actually:

That and touring the whole world just performing 🙂

Ah well, dream dream dream…


(Thanks to dr.Isis for pointing this out to her little muffins ;p)

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Twittering medicine and science

My relationship with twitter has not been the most mutual, but when I got to the ground zero of boredom I came back to do some twittering around (by now if you haven’t realized what twitter is, you should just let Uncle Google explain). Anyway, due to my enormous capacity and stamina to read and surf the net, I found so many new science writers and medical writers on twitter. OK reading journal articles are exhausting after a while, but pop science is always somewhat lighter and more fun to read (and good to share with students in the class). So I started going through the tweets, and found interesting articles whether in journals (my fave: Nature and NEJM) or on science blogs (I always love to see how these science writers look like: a nerdy nerd/mad scientist or a hippie in the mad world of science).

I’m sorry, but I belong in this universe where scientific advances are entertainment, writers are celebrities, scientists are even more famous celebrities, and science writers are rock-stars (and this last category includes scientists who write as well). Seriously.

Just the other day, I read this article on Nature, and decided to follow the respected writer, Erika Check Hayden on twitter. I loved the Mandelbrot set analogy she used. I followed her, tweet her, and nearly fainted of excitement when she responded back to my tweet. I. Am. Such. A. Nerd. (Please refer back to my previous statement: science writers are rockstars!). And afterwards I followed several other science writers/bloggers and always being amused of how you can have mutual contact via twitter when it comes to pop science and writing (also, thanks to Dr.Isis the Domestic and Laboratory Godess).

I think sometimes I just get tired of the intensity and seriousness of medical blogging and reading, and these pop culture in science and medicine give me new light on staying informed in a fun and relaxing way.

So thank you all twittering science writers!

* Rahajeng

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Presentation slides: Genetic Basis of Parkinson Disease and Bioethics of Genetic Research

Dear All,
Since we’ve been working on so many presentations in my master class of genetic counseling I thought I’d share some of our presentations for future reference.
Today we had a discussion and presentation of neurological diseases, one of them is Parkinson Disease.
I uploaded the presentations on SlideShare and for some reason the embed code doesn’t work here, so I will just direct you with a link to SlideShare website for viewing the presentation.

View more presentations from rntunjung
I hope you find this is useful 🙂

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What do you expect from your teachers?


I’ve always loved writing. It hasn’t always brought me positive result. Sometimes I envy people in other countries where they have a little bit more freedom of speech in medicine. And that you don’t have to be old first to share your experience and opinions.

I found a blog of a medical student: with a post titled as “The Deal” by Lucia Li.

She basically states what the medical students expect from the doctors, and what they are willing to give back to the doctors who teach them. Some points there, from a student perspective they ask the followings from the doctors who teach them:

“Don’t ignore us — no-one likes to be ignored. We’re here to learn, we want to learn. show some interest in our education and we’ll likely love you forever.

Remember who we’re going to be — doctors. That means, however many years down the line, we’re going to be your house-officers, your registrars. It’s in your interest to teach us and contribute to our elevation from ignorance/ incompetency.

Remember who we currently are — students. We want to learn. About lots of different things.

Challenge us — ask us questions to get us thinking. It helps us to identify the important things to learn. It also may spark a lasting interest in that specialty…

But, hey, this is a two-way bargain. What can we, the students, offer in return?

And then they offer the teachers what they can do in return

What should we, the students, do?

Mind our manners — We will appreciate the fact that you have given time out of your busy schedule for us.

We’ll make use of your efforts — If I’m going to be taught by someone who I know will ask me questions and challenge me, I will certainly try to do some reading beforehand so I understand more of what you’re teaching. In short, it is only right that we reciprocate the interest you have taken in our education with an interest in improving our own.

Give feedback — if you have taught me well, I will make try to show my appreciation by thanking you when I leave clinic or telling the course organisers. But, the best feedback we can give you…

Be excellent doctors — being taught well by a good doctor has two benefits. The first being the imparting of medical wisdom. The second being the setting of a role model; a good doctor, explaining things as they go along, engaging with me as well as their work, always inspires me to do that same. Learn more, try harder.”

And here, I’d like to make my own personal points. I am still a student, and as a doctor I know I will continue being a student for a very long time (for my residency, for my research). On the other hand, I also teach, which I only started very recently, which gives me great pleasure and a fresh perspective on students and teaching.

From what I experience, I know that still being a student can help me learn how to be a good teacher. I observe my own teachers, learn what is for me an exciting and great learning experience. I love it when my teachers stimulate me to think and answer questions in the class instead of just bombarding me with information because it helped me form my pattern of thinking in a logical way. I love it when they can capture my interest and award me with extra information. I love it when I realize that after a class I gain new knowledge and insight. I love it when the teachers engage personally with us and interested in what we have learned so far. I love it when the teachers give feedback about our assignments and our efforts in working on those assignments. I love it when the ultimate goal is to help us understand the subjects. I love it when they have time to teach us even though they are very busy, and focused on us during the class. I love it when they are interested and enthusiastic about what they teach, because it makes us understand the importance of learning them. I love it when they appreciate me and my efforts. I love it when they inspire!

I only very recently started as assistant lecturer. And when I have discussion with my students, I know that I ask them to do “at least” the followings. I want them to be focused in class. I want them to be prepared before meeting me, because then we can engage more in the discussions. I want them to understand the fundamentals: why we think in certain ways, why certain things are very important, what is the “big picture”, what’s the underlying principle and philosophy of the things we learn, what I want them to learn specifically for the exams and also what they still have to remember for the rest of their lives as doctors. I want them to be able to learn how to think, and what to think about. I want them to start a class with focus and attention because there’s new information I’d like to share with them. I want them to do their assignments and do them well because I also prepare myself to give feedback on their assignments. I want them to read, because I also read and there are items in the reading material that I’d love to discuss with them. I want to share new things with them, because I don’t want them to be bored with the learning session. I want them to share their opinions, their questions and answers. I want them to be interested and to always want to do better.

So, what do you expect from your teachers?

— Rahajeng

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Regards, Rahajeng

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