Dokter Blog: from the desk of Rahajeng Tunjungputri

Medicine et cetera by @ajengmd

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Interview with Rahajeng Tunjungputri

Dear Friends,

I was contacted few days ago by 4womeninscience (L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science) saying that they’d like me to answer some questions for the blog. At that point I only thought the question were brilliant, and I’d like to answer them myself as I thought that putting the answers into writing will give me a better insight about my personal views as well.

I personally call them “important questions”, because the issue of the challenges that women face in science is real, and it’s something that is dear to my heart and highly relevant for me and my female peers in my science community.

Afterwards, they contacted me again and let me know that the interview is published on the website!

Share your thoughts about the issue raised in the interview…

Screenshot of the website with the interview at http://agora.forwomeninscience.com/index.php/2010/07/twitter-interview-2/#

The challenges women face in science are real, and while experiencing them we rarely discuss them openly. So thank you to The L’Oréal Foundation for bringing up this important issue!

Regards,

Rahajeng

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Beyond Borders with “doc2doc”

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I enjoy writing, especially when I can interact with readers through my writings. While my writings here are only the ones more or less academically related, I know that my contemplative/narrative writing style is better appreciated at doc2doc.bmj.com.

I had problems before with some objections against my post in my old blog, thus the idea to build this blog, dokterblog.wordpress.com was born out of my desire to focus on academic medicine. But I miss writing critical and contemplative pieces, and “doc2doc” has been the perfect media for me. It’s a privilege to be able to blog there, I must say. And doc2doc has offered me the opportunity to interact with doctors from around the world.

It’s been amazing to get responses, ask questions, explore different answers and build friendship and networks because of my writing. And what astonishes me the most is to see that now my blog is being read by so many people in UK, Europe, US, Africa, and all across the world! My writings have gone beyond borders.

“A traffic report showing some of my doc2doc blog readers and their countries (for my latest post, “Empathy, or tea and sympathy?”)”

So, thank you doc2doc.bmj.com for enabling me to get more response, interaction and most of all, international readers.

For my fellow Indonesian medical bloggers, keep writing, be critical, and be true to yourself.

– Rahajeng, a.k.a. “AjengMD”

*Special thanks for David Isaacson, http://twitter.com/David_I, your an amazing community manager!

Thanks also to Prof. Cuello @CharlieNeck, Colleen Young @sharingstrength, and Zahid Raja @torydoc.

You can find doc2doc on http://twitter.com/doc2doc, and the website at http://doc2doc.bmj.com

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Empathy, or tea and sympathy?

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between empathy and sympathy?

Jerome Groopman, MD put it in his book, “How Doctors Think”: “Patients and their loved ones swim together with physicians in a sea of feelings. Each need to keep an eye on a neutral shore where flags are planted to warn of perilous emotional currents”. We’re human, we feel. We just need to still be able to do our job with meticulous discipline in spite of our feelings.
Would you stop yourself and think whether it’s time for you to empathise or sympathise? Would it make any difference whether you’re in one mode or the other?

Check out my new blog post on doc2doc.bmj.com, “Empathy, or tea and sympathy”, click here


Image from http://fuckyeahilovetea.tumblr.com/page/2


Regards,

Rahajeng



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2nd International Seminar and Workshop on Fragile X, Autism, and Related Disorders

Fragile-X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disabilities (ID). The clinical signs are intellectual disabilities, hyperactive, autism, psychoneurologic disorders, and macroorchidism (testes enlargement) in male. The common affected is in males; however, carrier female could have a mild intellectual disability such as learning difficulties, without other symptoms. Some clinically normal males (Normal Transmitting Males) are known to carry and transmit the fragile X mutation to their daughter. In advance age, carriers of FXS could develop Fragile-X-Associated Tremor Ataxia (FXTAS), a neurodegenerative disorder.

Within the framework of long collaboration with the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute, UC Davis, USA; Faculty of Medicine Diponegoro University (FMDU) Semarang Indonesia will organize a 2nd International workshop on Fragile X Syndrome, Autism and Related Disorders. This workshop comprises also a talk show session, which will present some cases of autism and ID patients.
(Excerpt taken from the seminar’s leaflet)
The event will take place in Semarang, 7 August 2010. Please refer to the leaflet below (downloadable) and register for your ensured participation in the event.
Regards,
Rahajeng

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Announcement for Lectures of Prof. Cremers, 2010

Center for Biomedical Research (CEBIOR) Faculty of Medicine Diponegoro University, Semarang Indonesia in collaboration with Department of Human Genetics Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands is announcing a lecture and presentation event by Prof. dr. Frans P.M. Cremers, PhD.
Below is short introduction of Prof. Frans Cremers:
In 1984, he finished his master Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen (main subject: molecular biology). He performed his PhD study at the Department of Human Genetics, in the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and received a cum laude PhD in 1991 on the thesis entitled: ‘Positional cloning of a candidate gene for choroideremia’. In 2004 he was appointed full professor Molecular Biology of Inherited Eye Diseases, and in 2009, he was also appointed Adjunct Honorary Professor in Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. In 2005 he was appointed Programme Director of the topmaster ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Disease’. From 1992 – 2010, he supervised 12 PhD students and numerous BSc and MSc students. He was awarded the ‘Internationalizations Award 2010 of the Radboud University Nijmegen’ for his continued efforts to facilitate MSc and PhD students to study in the Netherlands,and to foster international collaborations.
Lectures and presentation will be held 21-23 July 2010, from 08.30 a.m. in 3rd floor of Faculty building, Faculty of Medicine Diponegoro University Semarang.
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Medicine is a growing field, and information presented here is reflective of the time of posting. Please refer to your physician for direct medical consultation. My views do not reflect those of my employers. --
Regards, Rahajeng

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