“The desire for knowledge, like that of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
The one who stops learning gives up on living and for a medical professional it would be foolhardy to ever do so. And to incentivize this pursuit of knowledge among the young students of medicine the third edition of the International Quiz for Medical Undergraduates was inaugurated on 6th March 2019 in TMA Pai Hall 3. The brainchild of a small group of students of KMC Manipal attending a quiz abroad, this confluence of international students was commenced in the presence of Dr Raghu Radhakrishnan, the Director for International Collaborations and Mr Justin Seeling from GEMx and Dr Vinod Nayak, Head of Department of Forensic Medicine. The event being completely organized by the student body was headed this year by the Organising Chairpersons Harsh Kahlon and Radhika Mundayur. The Quiz which would stretch over 4 days from the first round on 6th to the finals on 9th and with participation from teams across the country and beyond with some teams participating online through the GEMx portal looks to be the calendar highlight for the students participating in the event.
Quiz Round 1:
The International Quiz For Medical Undergraduates kicked off on 6th March 2019 with its first round in the TMA Pai Hall 1 under the supervision of the Quizmaster for the 1st round Dr Deepak Nayak from the Department of Pathology at KMC, Manipal. Starting at 2 pm this round comprised of a gruelling set of questions set in different formats as in Multiple Choice, Integer Type and Match the Following. The foremost of the 4-day quiz, the round was an exemplar of the exacting rounds ahead for the participants.
Tempus Pretioso Workshop:
At a time when you’re the only thing standing between a man’s life and death, the excuse of not having the skills to do what’s necessary is not a vindication of responsibility but an indictment of a doctor’s incompetence. The Emergency Medicine Department of KMC, Manipal along with its student body club Tempus Pretioso arranged a workshop for the undergraduates to familiarize them with basic techniques such as endotracheal intubation, Needle thoracocentesis, Arterial Blood Gas Analysis, Catheterization and Defibrillation as a part of the ongoing International Quiz for Medical Undergraduates. The students, with the help of volunteers from Tempus Pretioso, went from station to station learning and performing these deceptively simple techniques which may someday help them save a life.
Quiz Round 2:
The second round of the International Quiz for Medical Undergraduates was at the Anatomy Department in the Center for Basic Sciences. This round concentrated more on the abilities of the participants individually and helped pick out those which relied on any central pillars. The teams were divided into groups of two. One had to solve a round of spotters while the other had to face case scenarios.
The spotters contained representative questions from across the medical spectrum. Histopathology slides, gross specimen from anatomy and pathology, real readings of Valsalva maneuver, hemoglobinometer, pathology cases and so on. The groups were timed and they had to move from one station to another upon hearing the bell. The other two members of the team were simultaneously ordained with a round of deciphering actual clinical cases under the tightening noose of time. Both the rounds took about 2 hours to conclude and this was considered as an elimination round.
The bustle in the anatomy department with volunteers and organizers jolting from one room to another lent a palpable sprightfulness to the otherwise dead silence there (pun intended). There was cheer and curiosity in every eye, a gasp of excitement and a sigh of relief on finally cracking the code.
Quiz Round 3:
Round 3 of the IQMU quiz was called Mental Relay. 13 teams made it through to this round, 6 of whom were competing through an online portal, from colleges across the globe. Each team consisted of 4 members, who were made to sit one behind another in a row. The question was a clinical case that the teams would have to investigate and diagnose in the form of a relay. The case was read out by Dr Prabhu, the first member received their questions and the race to diagnose the illness was on! Each person was allotted a time limit of 10 minutes, after which he had to pass the case sheet and any inferences he might have made, to the next member of the team. Points were awarded for every correct test and deduction. The round was high stakes, quick paced, and the participants thoroughly enjoyed putting their intellect to the test.
–Written by Shrey Srivastava, Vinay Reddy and Rupa Neelakantan