According to research from Central Connecticut State University about the “World’s Most Literate Nations Rankings” in March 2016, Indonesia was ranked the 60th out of 61 countries regarding reading interest. Followed with the data provided by the UNESCO in 2016, it shows that only 0.001% of the Indonesian population have an interest in reading, which is very concerning. This means that out of 1,000 Indonesian people, only 1 person is an active reader. Apart from the dangerously low percentage of reading interest in Indonesia, English proficiency is currently quite urgent. Considering the wide range of exchange in various scientific fields from different countries, it makes English as an important language for us as the millennial generation to master it well in order for us to be on the same level as other countries. According to the data from EF English Proficiency Index, Indonesia only achieved an average score of 50.06 for English Proficiency, which rank Indonesia in the 61st out of 100 countries in the world and ranked 13 out of 25 countries in Asia. From these data, it can be concluded that English proficiency in Indonesia is still low.
Thus, SCOPE CIMSA-BEM KM FK Unand promoted a Community Development to provide information and dissemination of international medical journals to Unand medical students. This aims to initiate a change in perspective on global health issues and improve English language skills, which will be explained by English language course institutions and lecturer of FK Unand. INJECTION consists of several interventions, which are expected to increase the interest of Unand Medical Education students to read and seek information directly from international medical journals, to improve their English language skills, and implement it through the publication of articles.
On the 27th of September 2020, SCOPE CIMSA-BEM KM FK Unand conducted the 1st and 2nd intervention of INJECTION. For the 1st intervention, participants of INJECTION received material on “How to Review an International Medical Articles” by Priska Audina N and Alya Nadia Andini Harahap as members of SCOPE, also a slight review of “Global Health Issues Focusing on COVID-19” by LEOs. Hence, not only did the participants understand how to review international medical articles, but they are also aware of the global health issues that are currently happening around us. For the 2ndintervention, we shared material on “How to Write an Article”, which was delivered very interactively by Anisha Purnama as a member of SCOPE. The speaker not only shared materials on how to make articles in English but also did a sharing session on how to choose the right grammar in an interesting and easiest way to understand.
We hope that all the learning that we had undertaken during these interventions can be utilized for the 3rd intervention by the participants and implement it as a good medical English article.