FK Student Wins Scientific Paper Competition in Singapore

Sebastian Emanuelle’s Photo

Student from the Medical Study Program, Faculty of Medicine, Brawijaya University (FK UB) won 1st place in the scientific paper competition at the 2024 East Asian Medical Students’ Conference (EAMSC) which was held in Singapore by the Asian Medical Students’ Association International (AMSA-International).

In his interview, Sebastian Emanuelle said that before taking part in this competition internationally, he and the team from Indonesia had to get 1st or 2nd place in the pre-conference competition which was held nationally.

This team consists of Josh Nathaniel Jowono (University of Indonesia) as first author, Derren David Christian Homenta Rampengan (Sam Ratulangi University), Juan Alessandro Jeremis Maruli Nura Lele (Indonesian Christian University), and Didi Setya Darma and Sebastian Emmanuel Willyanto (Brawijaya University).

According to him, this year, EAMSC 2024 has the theme “Public Health & Preventive Medicine”. Based on this theme, they focused on a global public health problem, namely obesity.

The Indonesian team carried the title “Unlocking the Obesity Epidemic Solution: Network Meta-Analysis of Comparative Effectiveness Between Gamification Strategies in Prevention and Treatment” which discussed evaluating the effectiveness of gamification methods through several methods such as virtual reality, augmented reality games, etc. in handling obesity problems.

“We are grateful to have won the 1st place in the pre-conference competition held at the national level so we can continue to the international level. In addition, we are also grateful to be able to get the academic paper grand winner, as well as the delivery of care subtheme winner,” he added.

Sebastian added that competitors in this academic paper competition came from leading institutions in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

When asked about tips for success in this event, Sebastian explained that he started studying scientific paper competitions since in third semester in competitions organized by AMSA and other organizations/universities.

“My motivation comes from realizing the importance of research in the medical field as a clinician in the future,” he explained.

Furthermore, he also got motivation in writing his paper from the encouragement and support of his family, seniors and lecturers. Sebastian feels grateful to be able to study at FKUB which is open to research carried out by students. [UB PR/ Trans. Iir]