Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujarat team earns first prize and Prof.M.H.Qazi trophy

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Physiology Quiz IMCPQ 2020 at UOL
Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujarat team
earns first prize and Prof.M.H.Qazi trophy
Nishtar Medical University, Multan wins second and
CMH Lahore Medical College wins Third Prize

LAHORE: University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD), University of Lahore (UOL), Lahore organized an All Pakistan Inter-Medical Colleges Physiology quiz (IMCPQ for the first time in Pakistan on 20th Feb, 2020. The global pioneer of international undergraduate Physiology quiz, Prof. Cheng Hwee Ming from University of Malaya, Malaysia, accepted the invitation of conducting the quiz in Pakistan on request of Prof. Samina Malik who had made him this request during her workshop on “How to incorporate research in undergraduate medical curriculum” at Federation of Asian & Oceanian Physiological Societies (FAOPS) Conference, in Kobe, Japan 2019. A large number of faculty members of Physiology from various institutions had collaborated in this academic activity. It was whole heartedly supported by Dr. Mahwish Arooj, Principal Prof. Farrukh Iqbal UCM and Pro-Rector Health Sciences Prof. Shahid Malik, UOL.

Winners of the IMCPQ Quiz organized by University of Lahore photographed alongwith
some of the faulty members, guests and organizes of  
the conference.

The organizing secretary received endorsements for this academic activity from PPS, SAAP, International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), FAOPS and International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA). She personally visited all 20 recognized medical colleges of Lahore to ensure maximum participation from the host city. Invitation letters were forwarded to all medical colleges and universities of Pakistan for undergraduate students, HODs of Physiology and focal persons. For qualifying round unbiased MCQs pool was received by seeking contribution from 5 South-Asian countries, involving Prof. Rita Khadka from Nepal (Ex-President SAAP), Prof. Savithri W. Wimalasekera from Sri Lanka (Current Gen. Sec. SAAP), Prof. Amar K. Chandra from India (Ex-Gen. Sec. SAAP), Prof. Fatima Khanum from Bangladesh and Assistant Prof. Karma Tenzin from Bhutan. Forty four teams (each consisting of three undergraduate students) from 26 Medical Colleges of Pakistan, registered to test their knowledge and grip over the core concepts of Physiology. The event provided a great opportunity for learning, fostering critical thinking, communication skills and time management amongst the future doctors.


Group photograph of the participants of an All Pakistan Inter-Medical Colleges Physiology
quiz (IMCPQ) organized by the University of Lahore
(UOL), Lahore recently.

Prof. Samina Malik in her inaugural address, termed the quiz-event as the first milestone in the academic history of undergraduate medical education in Pakistan, with many more to reach at international level. Dr. Mahwish Uzair, welcomed all participants by naming each medical college that sent their team/s.

Prof. Cheng Hwee Ming, on seeing the impressive response of undergraduate medical community, said that such events are of paramount importance to make students learn better in an environment where they are exposed to a healthy competition with students of different academic backgrounds. The event started with the qualifying round through which, top scoring 29 teams were selected for the next round. This round consisted of written test of 30 MCQs contributed by five South-Asian countries, with negative marking. The answers were to be marked on OMR sheets. The result of this round was announced within 30 minutes. In the next rounds, 29 teams were divided into 5 groups. Total of six questions were asked by Prof. Cheng from all the teams in one group simultaneously, to which they responded on white chart papers with board markers. The response time was 20 seconds for each question. The score board was projected and responses were displayed on SMD screens with the help of fine team-work. In the semi-final round, top nine teams qualified and responded to challenging questions by Prof. Cheng Hwee Ming. Three teams out of nine semi-finalist teams were promoted to final round of IMCPQ’20. In this final (buzzer) round, a correct answer increased the score by two and an incorrect one deducted one mark out of the total score of that team. It was the team of Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujarat that bagged the first prize of quiz worth Rs. 50,000 and Prof. M. H. Qazi trophy. The runners up team from Nishtar Medical University, Multan won cash prize worth Rs.30,000 and a trophy and the second runners-up team, CMH Lahore Medical College won the cash prize worth Rs.20,000 and a trophy.


Another Group photograph and one of the winning teams photographed during the
Physiology quiz (IMCPQ) organized by the University of Lahore recently.

In his concluding address, Prof. Shahid Malik, Pro-rector congratulated the winning teams and offered encouraging remarks to all participants and organizers. In the end, shields were presented to organizers and honourable guests and certificates were presented to semi-finalists, quarter-finalists and participants. Students took this event as an opportunity to meet the legendary quiz master Prof. Cheng Hwee Ming, who, in his concluding remarks, invited the Pakistani medical students to international IMCPQ’20 in August at University of Malaya. He also invited the students to add him on social media to stay in contact for guidance.

This quiz brought forth a unique blend of ingenious, stimulating academic quiz rounds, cultural diversity and a social gathering. The day ended with vote of thanks by Prof. Farrukh Iqbal, Principal University College of Medicine. (PR)