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The Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) made a mark on 7th April 2016 by successfully organising a Nationwide Quiz Competition for MBBS students in various medical colleges of the country. This year's theme was “Beat Diabetes”.
The Elimination round based on multiple choice question was held on 5th of April 2016 followed by main quiz on 7th April 2016. Big thanks to all staff members at the office of Secretary General (Community Medicine Dept., PDU Medical College Rajkot for designing tool kit subsequently used by all participating colleges. Dr. Anupam Banerjee deserves a special mention for developing format and the questions for the quiz.
The response was very positive and till the last report came in, 215 medical colleges and 4000+ students participated in the elimination round. Main Quiz conducted in participating medical colleges attracted the attendance of more than 35000 students and faculties. The unique thing about this event was that it was for the first time in the history of IAPSM that a Quiz Competition was organized at a national level on same day everywhere with such a large number of participants and audience with uniformity and quality. Another important thing was that entire exercise was a zero budget activity and resources everywhere were generated locally. To our best of knowledge, four states namely Odisha, Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have further arranged state level round out of the college winners in their respective states. Needless to say that this quiz not only generated awareness about this important topic among faculty and students in different colleges but also increased the visibility of subject of Community Medicine in general and IAPSM in particular at different levels.
It has been possible because of the guidance and active support from our President Dr. Ashok Mishra, all executive council members, all state coordinators, various state/zonal chapters, Community Medicine departments at different colleges and last but not the least all members of IAPSM members across India.
(Based on inputs received from members of the editorial board)