Post by Harsh Kahlon and Mahisha Virdiana, Medical Students at Kasturba Medical College Manipal
The International Quiz for Medical Undergraduates, IQMU, is a student-run initiative hosted by Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, a name synonymous with quality medical education, as proven by its consistent ranking amongst the top 10 medical colleges in the country over the years. KMC Manipal is a constituent of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, a world-class institution sprawled over 600 acres in Karnataka, India.
IQMU was conceived from the experience and inspiration gathered by a team of students who attended a similar international competition – CICoM, in Mexico, in the year 2016. Upon their return to Manipal, their stories ignited a spark in their fellow peers to create an event which strives to facilitate international academic and cultural exchange, and thus IQMU made its debut in 2017 under the expert stewardship of Ms. Nandini Majumdar and Ms. Anushree Puttur, and the continuous support of its sponsor, GEMx.
IQMU's 3rd edition was hosted in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal from 6th to 9th March 2019, and saw the release of an online portal for international teams to participate from their home countries. IQMU 2019 saw participation from across India and countries such as Mexico, Nigeria and Nepal. The quiz consisted of five rounds, which tested the participants' knowledge and understanding in the fields of basic medical sciences such anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology, and core medical subjects such as medicine, surgery and obstetrics.
The rounds varied far and wide in their formats, ranging from spotters and clinical vignettes, written question papers comprising of multiple-choice questions, matrices and comprehensive passages, to IQMU’s acclaimed Mental Relay, which provides participants with a clinical case scenario that must be solved by ordering from a set panel of investigations that would lead to diagnosis, in a relay fashion, as would be in a hospital setting. This year’s edition saw the addition of a crowd-favourite – an escape room-based wild card round that challenged the participants’ clinical and diagnostic skills in the presence of a ticking clock.
Participants were also engaged in enlightening, fun workshops conducted by the college’s academic clubs and mesmerized by cultural events which served to both provide a reprieve from the fierce, competitive quizzing and to also enrich their experiences.
IQMU is thus an amazing opportunity for medical students worldwide to experience the best possible 3-day quest comprising of an extensive, nail-biting quiz, informative workshops, programs showcasing the rich culture of India, clinical and medical learning and most importantly, interaction and exchange with other medical students of different backgrounds from around the world!
The next edition of IQMU will take place at KMC, Manipal on 6th to 8th March, 2020. Email email@example.com to get started on signing up for the adventure and learning of a lifetime at Kasturba Medical College, set against the scenic backdrop of the coastal university town of Manipal.