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AAHC Regional Office Southeast AsiaThe AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office is hosted by the Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office is responsible for organizing regional events and conferences, fostering the discussion on key issues for Southeast Asian Academic Health Centers and Systems, contributing to the development of AAHCI programs, and strengthening collaborations between current and perspective AAHC and AAHCI members.

Learn more about the SEA Regional Office’s organized events and AAHCI Membership here.

Regional Ambassadors

Dr. Ari Fahrial Syam
Dean of Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Budi Iman Santoso
Operational Director, AHS

Past Meetings

Surviving and Thriving: Innovating Through the Pandemic and Beyond
AAHC CONNECT – A premier virtual experience

November 18-19, 2021

AAHCI Member and Southeast Regional Office Host, Universitas Indonesia Faculty of Medicine (FMUI) , co-hosted a regional meeting with AAHCI under the theme of Surviving and Thriving: Innovating Through the Pandemic and Beyond. The meeting brought together members in the region at a critical time to share their perspectives and experiences.

View the recordings and presentations here.


November 18-19, 2020

AAHCI member and Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Office host, Universitas Indonesia Faculty of Medicine (FMUI), co-hosted this regional meeting under the theme of Assessing the Adaptation and Resilience of Academic Health Centers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The meeting brought together members in the region at a critical time to share their perspectives and experiences. View the recordings and presentations here.

AAHCI-SEA Webinar | Mental Health of Healthcare Workers

Friday, August 28 at 9:00 am Jakarta time
AAHCI SEA regional office host Universitas Indonesia (FMUI ) organized a Webinar on “Mental Health of Healthcare Workers (HCWs) during COVID-19”. As we’ve seen globally, the spread of the novel coronavirus has challenged many nations and healthcare systems. One under-recognized and unaddressed area is that of the mental health issues that healthcare workers (HCWs) face on the frontline. HCWs, despite remaining the crisis management personnel on the frontline, are not themselves immune to the psychological consequences such as inadequate support, the feeling of burnout, inadequate PPEs, etc. This webinar discusses the challenges and lessons learned on this global issue from AAHCI members in the Southeast Asia region, with shared input from Mexico.


  • Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman
    MBBS, MPM, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Head, Department of Psychological Medicine
    Faculty of Medicine,
    University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Mary Ana Cordero Díaz
    Wellbeing and Professionalism Program for Medical Residents
    Tecnologico de Monterrey
    School of Medicine and Health Sciences Tec Salud
    Monterrey, México
  • Hervita Diatri, MD
    Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Public hospital
    Faculty of Medicine
    Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Jennifer Russell, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist
    Director of Training, Department of Psychology
    Anxiety Program Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry
    McGill University Health Centre, Canada


  • Adeeba Kamarulzaman
    HonLLD Monash, DPMP
    Dean of Medicine,
    Professor of Infectious Diseases,
    Faculty of Medicine
    University of Malaya, Malaysia

AAHCI-SEA Webinar| Medical Education during the COVID-19 era: Adapt to the Change

June 8, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has rapidly transitioned into a worldwide pandemic. This development has had serious implications for public institutions and raises important questions for medical schools. Co-hosted by the AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office at Universitas Indonesia and moderated by Prof. Albert Scherpbier, former Dean – Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht Universtiy, this webinar brought different perspectives and solutions on how the members in the region tackled the implications of the pandemic on medical education. Presenters included:

  • Dr. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali
    Associate Dean for Academic Development
    College of Medicine
    University of the Philippines (Philippines) - View the presentation here
  • Prof. Ian Curran
    Vice Dean, Education
    Duke-NUS Medical School
    Co-Director, Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM*EI) (Singapore)
  • Prof. Gandes Retno Rahayu
    Vice Dean,
    Academics and Student Affairs
    Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing
    Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)
AACHI JUNE 8TH SEA Webinar Flyer

View the Webinar here.

AAHCI-Southeast Asia | Regional Perspectives on COVID-19

May 14, 2020

AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office host, Universitas Indonesia, hosted a Regional Roundtable that gathered seven members in the region to discuss their most critical issues, challenges, innovations, and lessons learned in response to COVID-19. This insightful discussion brought awareness on the overlap of challenges academic health centers in the region face. These include clinical management, healthcare worker safety, laboratory capacity, and responding to local vulnerable communities. Regional perspectives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore, can be heard here.

AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Meeting: Faculty Development 4.0: Facilitating Robot-proof Medical and Health Professions Education

October 19, 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia

Participants from the 2019 Southeast Asia Regional Meeting on Rising Complexities in Managing Academic Health Centers

Designing Technology Enhanced Learning in Medical Education

November 5, 2018 (Indonesia)

There is a growing number of application, information, and communication technologies in higher education in order to enhance both teaching and the student learning experience. The potential benefits of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) in medical education consist of efficiency in terms of cost, time, and sustainability, as well as enhancement in processes and outcomes, and a transformation of positive attitudes toward teaching and learning practices.

How can we design technology that enhances learning? How can we measure that enhancement? What is the added value for the learner and teaching experience? These questions were discussed during this special webinar session as part of the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (ICE on IMERI) 2018. The theme of the webinar session was “Designing Technology Enhanced Learning in Medical Education,” which addresses issues on e-portfolio, high vs. low fidelity simulation-based learning, and virtual reality in learning anatomy.

Dr. Ardi Findyartini, PhD on Development and Implementation of e-Portfolio

Dr. dr. Aida Rosita Tantri, SpAn-KAR on Simulation based Medical Education: High vs Low Fidelity Simulation

Dr. Isabella Liem, M.Biomed., PA, PhD on Virtual Reality in Medical Education: Digital as a Story Telling in Learning Anatomy

Chair: Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD, K-GEH, MMB
Co-chair: Dr. dr. Aria Kekalih, MTI

Webinar: From Partnership to Innovation: the Role of the Academic Health System

October 20, 2018 (Indonesia)

Globalization undeniably affects many aspects of the health sector around the world. Consequently, academic health centers and health systems can play a great role in improving the well-being of people around the globe. Academic health systems should be enabled to interact via an international organization of some sort, which, in turn, would allow academic health centers to collaborate on a global level in order to address health-related issues internationally.


Prof. Albert Scherpbier, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Center & Regional Ambassador AAHCI European Regional Office

Prof. Ari Fahrial Syam, MD, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia & Regional Ambassador AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office

AAHCI’s 2018 Southeast Asia Regional Meeting

January 11, 2018
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore

The Southeast Asia Regional Office 2018 Regional Meeting on " Challenges of Developing Academic Health Systems" included the topics of:

  • Enhancing Impact and Innovation in Research
  • Recruiting Faculty for the Future and Enhancing Staff Retention
  • Developing New Models of Care
  • Keeping the Education Mission Central

More than 60 participants from 9 different countries attended.

The Readiness of Indonesia Primary Health Care in Facing Universal Health Coverage in 2019

As a huge country that has 9,599 public primary health centers and 38,408 private medical clinics for a population of more than 240 million, Indonesia faced difficulties in implementing universal health coverage in 2014. The government moved towards managing universal health coverage at primary level with coordination and collaboration of local government, medical education centers and other healthcare providers.

  • Accreditation of Primary Care Physician (PCP) Education Centers
  • Promoting the capability of PCP
  • Managing inter-professional health providers and community health centers
  • Pros and cons of this proposal

Watch the video for the presentation by Dr Dhanasari Trisna, from Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia and Member of National Board on Primary Care Physician, and the panel discussion consisting of her and Professor Doris Young, from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Emeritus Professor Zorayda Leopando from College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila, and Associate Professor Lee Kheng Hock, from Duke-NUS Medical School.

Click here to view the webinar.

Strengthening Primary Care through the Primary Care Physician: Indonesia’s Experience

July 19, 2017 | 17:00-18:00 SGT

Join speakers from the Universitas Indonesia, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School, and the University of the Philippines Manila as they share their experience and expertise in strengthening primary care through primary care physicians.


Dr Dhanasari Trisna, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia


Prof Doris Young, Prof Doris Young, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine


Prof Lee Kheng Hock, Duke-NUS Medical School
Prof Zorayda Leopando, College of Medicine, University of Philippines Manila

Faculty Recruitment, Development, and Retention in Academic Health Systems

March 27, 2017

NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine hosted the first AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Webinar on 27 March 2017. Themed "Faculty Recruitment, Development and Retention in Academic Health Systems", the presentation and panel discussion by the deans of four academic health institutions from different countries in the region provided diverse perspectives on the universal challenge of attracting and retaining human capital.

Click here to view the webinar.

AAHCI’s 2016 Southeast Asia Regional Meeting

January 4, 2016
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine , Singapore

The 14th of January marked the Association of Academic Health Centers International's (AAHCI) Southeast Asia Regional Meeting at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) in Singapore. More than 60 participants from 14 countries attended the meeting.

AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office Webinar: The Academic Health System Concept

February 22, 2021

The AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office hosted an international webinar with the theme of The Academic Health System (AHS) Concept on February 22, 2021.

The webinar provided an overview of Indonesia’s Academic Health System (AHS) and provided a platform for discussion regarding efforts to strengthen collaboration within the AHS by looking at the examples of how academic health centers are governed in Indonesia, Singapore, and other countries.

The webinar launched with opening remarks by the Dean of FMUI, Prof. Ari Fahrial Syam, MD, MMB, PhD, who is also the Coordinator of AHS Universitas Indonesia (UI) and the Regional Ambassador of the AAHCI-Southeast Asia Regional Office. In his opening remarks, Prof. Ari said that the AHS is a crucial component to health systems both nationally and internationally. “AHS is a concept to integrate academic and research in a health system so that health services can be delivered to the community without hindrance,” said Prof. Ari.

Also present on the webinar with opening remarks were Prof. Ari Kuncoro, PhD, rector of Universitas Indonesia, Prof. Abdul Kadir, PhD, MARS, general director of health services of the Ministry of Health of Indonesia, and Prof. Aris Junaidi, PhD, director of quality assurance, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia. All participants emphasized the importance of AHS and expressed their support for AHS in Indonesia.

Guest speakers provided additional insights based on their unique experiences, including: Steven L. Kanter, MD, president and CEO of AAHC/I; Prof. John Eu Li Wong, FACP, FAMS, FRCP, MBBS, senior vice president, National University of Singapore (NUS) and senior advisor, National University Health System, Singapore; Prof. Edward Hillhouse, MD, PhD, BSC, MBBS, emeritus professor of medicine and former dean of University of Leeds, UK, AIM consultant, AAHC/I.

Presentations were followed by a panel session in which representatives from five Indonesian universities shared their experience in managing the newly implemented AHS in Indonesia: Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Hasanuddin, and Universitas Padjadjaran.

Prof. Dwiana Ocviyanti, MD, MPH, vice dean for education, research, and student affairs, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, moderated this webinar with 350 attendees.

The recording can be accessed on AAHC YouTube here.

Assessing the Adaptation and Resilience of Academic Health Centers during the COVID-19 Pandemic – AAHCI's Southeast Asia Regional Meeting

November 18-19, 2020

The Southeast Asia Regional Office for the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), hosted by the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FMUI), led a virtual regional conference under the theme of Assessing the Adaptation and Resilience of Academic Health Centers during COVID-19 Pandemic. This regional meeting was held November 18-19, 2020, bringing together leaders in healthcare and health professions education to share their experiences and perspectives in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was opened by Steven Kanter, MD, president & CEO, Association of Academic Health Centers, followed by the opening remarks from Agustin Kusumayati, MD, MSc, PhD, university secretary, Universitas Indonesia and Prof. Ari Fahrial Syam, MD, MMB, PhD, dean of FMUI, coordinator of Academic Health System UI.

After the opening remarks, the meeting focused on five main topics: mitigating COVID-19 during times of political change; managing the relationships between the university and teaching hospitals in a COVID-19 era; current practices in population health at academic health centers; COVID-19 treatment and vaccine development; and preparing academic health centers for the future.

The meeting brought forth many renowned experts from various fields, ranging from basic science to medical education, clinical practice, and public health and policymaking. Discussions illustrated that all such fields must be appropriately integrated to effectively tackle global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This two-day virtual event successfully provided valuable insight for the leaders in the region to collaborate and overcome this pandemic together.

The recorded sessions of this regional meeting can be accessed on the AAHC YouTube channel here and presentation materials can be viewed on the AAHC website here.

AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office Develops COVENT-20

August 6, 2020

In an effort to help deal with COVID-19, several researchers from the University of Indonesia (UI) developed a Pneumatic System Based Low-Cost Local Transport Ventilator (COVENT-20). This multidisciplinary research arose from the Faculty of Engineering UI (FTUI); the Faculty of Medicine UI (FKUI) and the UI Hospital, Health Polytechnic; the Ministry of Health (Politeknik Kesehatan Kementerian Kesehatan Jakarta); the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, and the Persahabatan Hospital, chaired by Dr. Basari, ST, MEng.

This work is expected to meet ventilator needs at hospitals in Indonesia, particularly hospitals that are referrals for handling COVID-19 patients. Indonesia did not have enough local ventilator production to meet domestic needs during the global pandemic, and there was a limited supply of imported ventilators with only 70 distributors who could supply ventilators in Indonesia.

The research focused on ventilator transport for several reasons: the availability of more local spare parts; suspected and COVID-19 positive patients who experience respiratory failure need a transport ventilator for travel from home to hospital; and an adjustable ventilation multimode, needless to say, is more cost-effective in production. Energy-efficient (energy saving with lithium-ion batteries), compact, portable, and easy to operate using a bacterial filter, these ventilators are safe for suspected and positive patients of COVID-19 to travel from home or observation room to isolation room.

The multimode ventilation used on this ventilator is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mode system for COVID-19 suspected patients who are usually conscious and in need of oxygen. While the CMV (Continuous Mandatory Ventilation) mode is used for COVID-19 positive patients with symptoms of severe pneumonia who cannot regulate their breathing, it needs to be controlled by CMV mode (time-triggered). This ventilator is also equipped with PEEP (Positive End Expiratory Pressure).

COVENT-20 was declared to have passed human clinical trials for CMV and CPAP modes by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, on June 15, 2020, and 300 COVENT-20 ventilators will be distributed to more than 180 COVID-19 referral hospitals and hospitals throughout Indonesia through a donation process.

AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office Inaugural Newsletter: Perspectives on COVID-19 Impact

May 14, 2020

In this inaugural Issue, the AAHCI-SEA newsletter shares how members in the region have responded to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Five unique perspectives from AAHCI members address topics such as current challenges and opportunities in Indonesia, using comic strip humor to help calm feverish minds and sort out fact from fiction in Singapore, how local spirit prevailed toward compassionate care in the Philippines, the creation of an application that assesses COVID-19 vulnerability in rural communities of Indonesia, and the importance of healthcare worker safety in Malaysia. Read more here.

AAHCI SEA Regional Meeting

October 19, 2019

On July, 1, 2018, Universitas Indonesia (UI) became the AAHCI Regional Office for Southeast Asia. The National University of Singapore had hosted the Regional Office for four years prior. The Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD-KGEH, MMB and Prof. Dr. dr. Budi Iman Santoso, SpOG(K), MPH were appointed as Regional Ambassadors. On October 19, 2019, UI held the largest yet AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Meeting.

This annual event provides the opportunity for members of AAHCI and medical education institutions in South East Asia (SEA), especially those in Indonesia, to meet and interact. The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and experiences regarding the implementation of academic health systems (AHS) at member institutions.

Lectures and panel discussions were held in the Senat Akademik Fakultas room in Faculty of Medicine UI, Jakarta. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Rising Complexities in Managing Academic Health Centers”. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 12th Jakarta Meeting on Medical Education (JAKMED). Prof. Ari Fahrial opened both events as the Dean of Faculty of Medicine as well as AAHCI SEA Regional Ambassador. General Director of Science and Technology Resources from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc, PhD was also present and offered welcome remarks.

The Rector of UI, Prof. Dr. Ir. Muhammad Anis. M. Met, who is also the advisor for AHS-UI, gave a brief speech to open the sessions. He emphasized the support of the university for every program of AHS-UI. He also congratulated AHS-UI on the progress it has made since formation and thanked AAHCI for their support.

Many speakers from outside of UI gave presentations at the event. Notably, Prof. Dr. dr. med. Akmal Taher, SpU (K) from the National Working Group for AHS and Joint Committee of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Research and Technology for AHS delivered a presentation on implementing the AHS on a national level. Another notable speaker was Dr. dr. Trimartani, SpTHT-KL(K), MARS, the Director of Human Resources for Rumah Sakit Umum dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM), who talked about RSCM’s role as the main teaching hospital for AHS-UI’s Pilot Project.

The discussion sessions included several international panelists, such as Prof. Chng Wee Joo from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Prof. Adeeba Kamarulzaman from Universiti Malaya (UM), Andi Hermansyah, S.Farm, M.Sc, PhD from Universitas Airlangga (Unair), and dr. Mei Neni Sitaresmi, SpA(K) from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). The panelists shared perspectives on obstacles they faced when starting to implement AHS in their respective institutions.

The last session, led by Prof. Dr. dr. Ratna Sitompul, SpM(K) as moderator and presented by Prof. C. Donald Combs and Prof. Albert Scherpbier, addressed the benefits of being a member of AAHCI. The event was closed by Prof. Ari a who urged all participants to play an important role in the growth of AHS so that the medical personnel produced from UI will be properly prepared to face the many challenges in medicine. UI looks forward to hosting another AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Meeting in 2020!

AAHCI Announces Southeast Asia Regional Office Transition

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2018 - The Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), the international arm of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), is pleased to announce the transition of the Southeast Asia Regional Office from the National University of Singapore to the Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine .

"I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the National University of Singapore as the inaugural host of the Association’s Southeast Asia Regional Office. Under the leadership of Prof. John Wong and Dr. Khay-Guan Yeoh, the office was an exemplar in setting high standards for meetings, information sharing, and membership development," said AAHC President and CEO, Dr. Steven L. Kanter. "The Association looks forward to working with the Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine as the newly appointed Southeast Asia Regional Office. Under the leadership of Dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, we anticipate a smooth transition and are confident of much future success."

The Southeast Asia Regional Office transitioned to the Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine on July 1, 2018.

The transition of this office, along with the continued work of the European Regional Office, hosted by Maastricht University; the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office, hosted by the University of Sao Paulo; and the Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, hosted by the American University of Beirut, is central to AAHCI providing:

  • Customized region-specific interests and tailored programs;
  • Facilitated regional networking opportunities, educational programs, exchange of best practices, data collection and analysis, and community/regional relationships; and,
  • A deeper understanding of the academic health center concept for governments, industry, and the public.

AAHCI is a subsidiary of AAHC, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers.


If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Regional Office Manager 
Ms. Indah Susanti, Executive Officer, International Relations Office, Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine

For more information on AAHCI membership, please refer to the SEA Regional Office brochure. Additional information can be found on the AAHCI membership page or by contacting us.

Southeast Asia Regional Members

Airlangga University Indonesia
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore Singapore
National University of Singapore Singapore
UIN Jakarta Indonesia
Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia
Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Medicine Indonesia
Universitas Sumatera Utara Indonesia
University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine Malaysia
University of the Philippines Manila Philippines