International Tropical Medicine Summer School

International Tropical Medicine Summer School (ITMSS) is an annual event organized by Muhammadiyah Medical Students’ Activities (MMSA) in Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY)

ITMSS is a unique summer school program combining the academic and student’s activities. The aims of the summer school are to broaden the students’ knowledge in the emerging tropical medicine diseases, able to perform physical examinations, laboratory findings, diagnose and treatments in the modified Problem Based Learning (PBL) system. ITMSS was first held on the year 2005, as the first ever summer school has been held in Indonesia and is currently the leading and the biggest. This year it will be the 13th ITMSS and as usual, it will be held at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta around the period of 31th July until 18th August 2017.


ITMSS is a short-term program which started in 2005. It was started by the willing of some students from Muhammadiyah Medical Students’ Activities (MMSA) which is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS) Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) to create an alternative medical student’s exchange program for foreign students through Student Exchange Committee (SECO/SCOPE) besides the internship programs. This program also intends to synergize four MMSA committee that time, which is Medical Education Committee (MECO/SCOME), Student Exchange Committee (SECO/SCOPE), Public Health Committee (PHCO/SCOPH), Research Exchange Committee (RECO/SCORE), and two new committees, Human Right and Peace Committee (RPCO/SCORP), and Reproductive Health including AIDS Committee (RACO/SCORA). This summer school program was considered as the most appropriate program to accommodate these ideas because foreign students was mostly come to Indonesia during summer period which is started in July and medical students in FMHS UMY was during the holiday season. This summer school program also giving the chance to practice the organizing skills for the FMHS UMY’s students.

This program’s concept is included formal and informal education, also tourism and the learning of Indonesian culture which is accommodated in summer school’s system. The planned topics in this program is not only about the tropical medical diseases, but also about the global emerging disease, because this program has wider effects, not only in medical sides, but also in social and economy’s sides, so that is important for medical practices to be concerned about. Thus, this activity in the future not only internally oriented to the MMSA and FMHS UMY, but also externally as a responsibility to disseminate knowledge and current conditions in Indonesia topic to be studied together and is expected to build an international network among medical students who have an interest in emerging tropical diseases.

When it first released in 2005, the Summer School MMSA FMHS UMY named International Tuberculosis Summer School (ITSS). The main topic raised is tuberculosis (TB). ITSS is the first medical summer school ever held in Indonesia. Then to increase the diversity of topics and produce a learning experience with the wider tropical disease, since 2006 it developed into three main topics, there are tuberculosis, DHF, and malaria. Since then, ITSS has turned into ITMSS, International Tropical Medicine Summer School.
MMSA FMHS’ summer school in UMY until now has been held for eleven years since 2005, with an increase in the number of participants. The implementation of this summer school program is an enjoyable experience for the participants, lecturers, hospitals and primary health care centers affiliated, MMSA and also FMHS UMY.

2017 Development

This year the ITMSS’ theme is “Indonesian Progress to Develop Tropical Medicine in Health Care System”. ITMSS programs will be divided into two activities, educational activities and non-educational activities. The educational activities contain two groups of activities, which is a campus-based activities and community-based activities. The campus-based activities included: Pretest, Tutorials, Lectures, Focus Group Discussion, Skills Lab, Laboratory Activity, OSCE, and MCQ. The community-based activities included: Primary Health Care Visit, Hospital Visit, Community Health Center Visit, and Community Work. The non-educational program included: Welcoming Ceremony, International Night, Farewell Ceremony, Cultural Session, and Social Programs.