Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in collaboration with WHO organized an inter medical faculty quiz to commemorate world antimicrobial awareness week (WAAW) from 18th to 24th November 2022.
Coordinators from each faculty were selected as well as external supervisors to exclude any bias during the competition.
Coordinators and external supervisors of the faculties
Two meetings were organized to discuss about the format and the method of conduction. It was decided to present MCQs in the format of single best response under the following themes.
- Rational prescribing
- Contributing factors for the development of antimicrobial resistance
- Impact of antimicrobial resistance on humans, animals and environment
- Spectrum of action, empiric therapy, specific therapy of antimicrobials
- Resistance mechanisms of antimicrobials
- Selective reporting
Third and 4th year medical students comprising 4 and a reserve student per faculty team were enrolled.
Questions were prepared in the confidential manner by the academics of respective faculties and were scrutinized by Prof. Vasanthi Thevanesam while Dr. Malka Dassanayake and Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri were contributory in moderating and organizing according to question rounds.
The competition was organized to have in IT centers in the respective faculties. A mock run was placed on 16th November for competitors to familiarize in the process and the competition proper was held on 21st November 2022 during WAAW week.
The competition was conducted online via kahoot app. There were 5 rounds presenting 8 questions per round; first 4 rounds directing questions for individual students while last round projecting questions for the whole group members. Prof. Nelun de Silva was the quiz master.
The champions of the competition
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rajarata
Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
All the candidates will be provided a certification of participation and the infection control manual developed by SLCM and the winning teams will be awarded with copies of “Emperical and prophylactic use of antimicrobials- National guideline-2016” in addition. Further, Rs. 40,000.00, 30,000.00, 20,000.00, 15,000.00 and 10,000.00 will be awarded from the 1st to 5th place respectively along with the certificates.
It should be highly appreciated the assistance given by Prof. Nelun de Silva, Dr. Nadisha Badanasinghe and Dr. Naamal Jayawardene to make the event a success. Mr. Shakthi Ariyasiri, IT expert from WHO was very instrumental providing technical support throughout the process.
Prof. Jananie Kottahachchi