A Preclinical Medical Quiz was recently held at AIMST University on 8th and 9th April 2011. This event was organized by the Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University in collaboration with AIMST University Medical Students' Association (MedSA) and Society of MMA Medical Students (SMMAMS).
A total of 9 teams participated for this event including a home team (AIMST University), followed by representatives from, International Medical University (IMU), University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS), University Tunku Abdul Rahmah (UTAR), Taylor's University College, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and neighbouring country National University of Singapore (NUS).
The participants were brought for a tour to the Anatomy Museum and Clinical Skills Centre (3rd floor of medical building) whereby they were given a briefing on the various METI simulation facilities present in AIMST.
The event was then inaugurated by the welcoming speech by Deputy VC Student Affairs, Prof. Harcharan Singh whereby announced that he would donate a Challenge Trophy in the next Preclinical Medical Quiz. Participants were also reminded to take this quiz as an opportunity to know each other better instead of focusing the sole purpose of winning the quiz.
This was followed by the Preliminary Round 1 whereby all the teams were given a 45 minutes time span to complete 30 MCQs. From there, a total of 6 teams proceeded to the next round which included AIMST, NUS, IMU, AUCMS, USM and USIM.
These teams proceeded into the verbal round of Preliminary Round 2 on the same day and the Preliminary Round 3 on the following day. For each of the rounds the top team was allowed to choose their quiz table. Only 4 teams proceeded from the Preliminary Round 3 which was the team from AIMST, NUS, IMU and USM. Here, the finalists were tested at different stages which included the Leeuwenhoek Round, R.V.RAASH Round and the Laennec Round. These rounds not only tested cognitive knowledge but also psychomotor skills of interpreting histology, microbiology, pathology slides and also radiographs.
The NUS team emerged as the champion, followed closely by AIMST at 2nd place and IMU at 3rd place. The team were given a trophy, medals and winning certificates. Other teams involved were given the Certificate of Participation.
The event also boasted a special segment called the Quiz King or Queen whereby each team was requested to norminate a king/queen whom was tested by various questions probing into their opinions on Medical Ethics, Reasoning Skills, and also Communication skills. A representative from USIM won the Quiz Queen award for this segment.
The prize giving ceremony commenced with the speech from Prof. Dr. Sethuraman (Dean of Faculty of Medicine) and Deputy VC Academic and International Affairs. He thanked the organizing committee for making this a huge event a great success and especially congratulated Dr. P.K. Rajesh (Deputy Dean for Preclinical and Organizing Chairperson of the quiz ) for making his brainchild (the quiz) a memorable event. The Preclinical Medical Quiz 2011 was officially closed with a vote of thanks from Mr. N. Naga Bharathi Nesan, the President of MedSA and student organizing committee.
The participants congratulated the University for the outstanding efforts placed in organizing this Quiz and was greatly impressed by the excellent modern facilities used and it's management throughout by the Preclinical Medical Quiz 2011. In the feedback collected from the participants they expressed their gratitude to the organizing committee for putting together a meaningful and exciting event and assured that they will return the following year.
Secretary of Student Organizing Committee