November 1, registration opened for the preliminary round of the V International Medical Tournament. The International Medical Tournament is a team competition that invites medical students to solve complex clinical problems based on real cases. The Tournament consists of two rounds. During the preliminary round that lasts from November 1 to February 11, participants are given cases to solve at home. The final round takes place in Novosibirsk from April 20 to April 23, 2018. The competition also features two divisions: Russian-speaking and English-speaking. Participants choose which language their team will compete in (Russian or English).
To qualify for the Tournament, you need a team of 4-5 medical students in their 4th-6th year of study. The preliminary round homework assignment consists of solving two clinical cases selected by experts. Based on the results of this round, the 12 best teams from each division will be invited to Novosibirsk to compete in the finals.
The finals for the Fifth Anniversary International Medical Tournament will take place April 2018 at Novosibirsk State University with support from the Russian Federation Presidential Grant Fund. Every year this event brings together more and more young doctors who are interested in increasing their experience, knowledge, and professionalism.
The final round is a real test of strength and ability in clinical thinking as participants must present solutions to real clinical cases to a panel of experts and rival teams in the format of presentation, rebuttal, and peer review of solutions by other teams (small group discussion). The teams make a preliminary diagnosis, identify additional examination procedures for the patient and develop a treatment plan. Teams must convince their colleagues that this is the appropriate diagnosis and treatment and be prepared to answer any questions from the experts.
The Tournament is a volunteer project implemented by a group of students and graduates from the NSU Institute of Medicine and Psychology with the support of Novosibirsk State University. The idea of creating a unique format for the Medical Tournament came from graduates of the Medical Department at Novosibirsk State University. In the five years of its existence, the Tournament has become truly international in character with students and doctors from Germany, Serbia, the USA and various parts of Russia participating. Annually, the Tournament expands its geographical borders and increases the number of participants and experts from different countries. This is currently the only Medical Tournament with a team competition format to solve complex cases taken from real doctors clinical practices.
This year an "institutional review" process was introduced to improve the Tournament. Clinical cases to be presented are evaluated by an expert with a Doctor’s degree. An objective view of the structure and comprehensive description of the conditions for the cases will help avoid discrepancies and disagreements, and also raise the case quality to a new level.
The Medical Tournament allows young doctors to go beyond the "book" of clinical thinking and learn to develop a diagnosis from small symptoms, test results and examination methods. They will also practice finding solutions to unusual clinical challenges because in real life each case is unique and requires a special approach.
Today’s doctor is an interdisciplinary specialist. Participation in the Tournament is a unique opportunity to systematize the knowledge gained over years of training, learn to assess a disease in a comprehensive manner, work in a team and make the right decisions. The Tournament is a place where participants discuss all stages of treatment and diagnosis of real patients and where you will make mistakes so you can avoid making them in your actual clinical practice.