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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 248

Quizzing as a tool for medical education: A student centric model to develop leadership skills

1 Department of Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Dental, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission20-Aug-2021
Date of Acceptance14-Oct-2021
Date of Web Publication26-Oct-2021

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Dr. Chetna Dengri
Department of Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/injms.injms_96_21

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Dengri C, Chopra J, Dengri C, Khan AM. Quizzing as a tool for medical education: A student centric model to develop leadership skills. Indian J Med Spec 2021;12:248

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Dear Editor,

As we transition from classrooms to wards, it becomes inevitable that the theoretical information fed may be enough, but there seems to be something lacking. Some of the qualities that the medical education system should offer include the ability to “acknowledge and explore the unknown,” openness to work in a multidisciplinary team, relish transformational leadership roles, and relationship building while transitioning into different parts. According to the National Medical Commission, India, along with clinical abilities, a medical graduate should fulfill roles exemplifying leadership, professionalism, and communication. The instructor-centered medical education is inappropriate to inculcate the qualities mentioned above. Student-centered approaches are better, but they too fall short of creating an environment to learn multidisciplinary team approaches and develop transformational leadership.[1]

We established Illuminous, a student-led medical quiz group, to foster a climate that focused on developing leadership skills in medical students through organizing student-led educational events. Over the past years, we achieved this by organizing various state, national, and international online and offline quizzes. Each of our organizing teams consisted of medical students with multiple fields of expertise, namely graphic designing, quizmasters, public relations, and digital communication. We assessed the success of our initiative by conducting a cross-sectional study to identify the motivational factors for being part of the core team and the perceived benefits of organizing such events. It was found out that improving academics alongside developing leadership and organizational skills were among the top motivational factors for organizing medical quiz events. Furthermore, the leading perceived benefits were sharing knowledge with, and meeting motivated peers, developing an interest in medicine, and gaining confidence in event management.[2] The increase in the frequency and scale of the quiz events being organized by other student-led groups in the medical field is a surrogate indicator of this initiative. During the pandemic, we organized a quizzing series on our social media platforms to connect students worldwide. Illuminious's motto “one who shines bright enough to enlighten others” aptly describes its vision for the future, medical trainees from all over the globe coming together to grow and nurture, serving as a platform with the potential to create a close-knit community of well-rounded clinicians. This student-led model has potential limitations. The sustainability of this initiative is dependent on nonprofitable student involvement, which however is ever-changing and subjected to high variability in motivation and ideas.


The authors would like to thank the Medical Education Unit of UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi for providing motivation and inspiration.

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National Medical Commission. (n.d.). UG Curriculum | NMC. Available from: https://www.nmc.org.in/information-desk/for-colleges/ug-curriculum. [Last accessed on 2021 May 27].  Back to cited text no. 1
Dengri C, Aggarwal Y, Moond V, Khan AM. Volunteering to organize quiz events: What motivates medical students? Educ Health 2020;33:81-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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