Dentists, often identified with stereotypes of medical professions that “play” in clean, neat, organized, sophisticated, and yet expensive practice. In addition, from a number of Indonesian dentistry faculties and courses that are scattered throughout Indonesia, the proportion of dentists graduated between men and women, still dominated by female dentists until the time of these writing. So falsely, often appear paradigm that is expressed indirectly, the stereotype is falsely attached to the woman dentist.
Prof. Dr. Mieke Sylvia Margaretha Amiatun Ruth, drg., MS., Sp.Ort (K), the Forensic Dentistry Professor from FAculty of Dental Medicine Airlangga University, proudly proves that Indonesian dentists are not like that. Prof. Mieke, her nickname, is one of the forensic resource persons and experts who have been involved in the identification of victims’ bodies or crime cases for years. Thanks to her expertise, commitment, and high sense of humanity, many cases have caused many victims who require deep forensic identification analysis such as falling flight cases, natural disasters, to the crime of terror as recently struck Surabaya (13/5) she managed to handle it well, even faster than what was originally expected by the collaborative Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team.
Met on the sidelines of his duty in the identification of victims and bombers Church of Surabaya City (14/5), Prof. Mieke expressed his concern as a resident of Surabaya City, “I personally feel shocked and disappointed as residents of Surabaya when I heard of this incident, I have come to think, this must be many innocent victims are affected,” she said with a sad face.
Professor of Forensic Dentistry who was listed as one of the identifiers in the identification process of the Asian Air Casualty Survey Q Z8501 Air Asia 2015 also explicitly conveyed that the subjective feeling of a human being, especially the doctor; must not be to defeat the sense of humanity that emerged in times of disaster or extraordinary events as in the case of bombs in the city of Surabaya.
“Frankly when I heard there was a falling victim, I immediately conditioned the feeling that I should help the state and the families who waited anxiously whether any family member or citizen was the victim, that reinforced me.” Mieke.
Prof. Mieke, who is a member of the International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (IOFOS), has a long history of attempting to popularize the role of ante-mortem data recording, as a participatory step and its commitment to help the community. Some of the latest such as the implementation of community service programs in Probolinggo District (2014) and Pasuruan District (2015) with the theme of “Training of Personal Medical Record Filling as an effort to collect Antemortem Data on village apparatus and Health Cadre.
“Imagine if all citizens have independent records related to the condition of teeth and facial morphology of their families independently from an early age, guided by a local dentist, then whenever a disaster happens that we do not want together, family identification process will be faster and easier, not because the DVI team alone, but family participation also play a role”. Said Prof. Mieke.
The bombing incident in Surabaya (13/5) left a strong message from Prof. Mieke to the younger generation of dentists throughout Indonesia, “The role of the dentist is broad, one of them in helping the country and society in situations that are not comfortable for everyone like this tragedy. Whether we identify these perpetrators, or victims, feel in the heart that when they are alive, they must have their own inner conflicts, do not distinguish between the victim or the perpetrator while we are on duty”.
Author: Gilang R. Sabdho Wening