The Universiade

The medical universiade

Pioneers. You have heard this word and know its meaning but haven’t seen real pioneers who have overgrowed their enthusiasms in order to make a huge change and impact in the regular system. That is a short description of a new competition for medical students. As a symbol of unity and tradition, the Medical Universiade creates a competitive spirit in order to give rise to future specialists. It combines theoretical and practical tasks demanding knowledge, team work and a quick thinking.

The Medical Universiade 2016 - Click on the slide for more information

Starting time:
On the 18th of November (2nd day of congress) – 17:30 – 19:30

On the 19th of November (3rd day of congress) – 14:15 – 15:45

Duration: About 1 hour per vol.

Team division: Every student who is a participant (passive or active) in IBC-Sofia 2016 can also participate in “The Medical Universiade 2017”. Participants enter the competition as a part of team composed of 5 students. Teams are formed as it follows:

Participants can enter the competition as a part of a team of their choice ONLY IF the team is composed of:

  • 1 first year student, 2 students in their second or third year and 2 students in their 4-6 year.


  • 1 first year medical student, 1 second year med. Student, 1third year med. Student, 1 fourth year med. Student, 1 fifth or sixth year med student.
  1. All other participants who do not register as a part of a team with the mentioned above model will be assigned to a random team with the mentioned above structure (if possible).

Structure: The Medical Universiade 2017 consists of two main stages:

STAGE 1: In the first stage of The Medical Universiade are tested the individual knowledge, quick thinking of all members of a certain team. The stage consists of a test that the contestant must resolve in 5 minutes: Anatomy for 1st year student, Histology for second or thrird year, Pharmacology for fourth year, Physiology for third year student and internal medicine for fifth or sixth year student. The Anatomy and Histology checkpoints are practical tasks, whereas the remains are tests. On every checkpoint the members have exactly five minutes to complete the task.
The team enters the examination room, every member goes to his checkpoint and when all members are ready – the clock starts ticking. On every five minute mark the students stand up and make place for the contestant from the other team that is the same year in medical school.  The stage is completed when every member passes through their respectful checkpoints (or roughly 25 minutes per team). Every participant is awarded 1 to 10 points on every checkpoint according to how well he managed to complete the task in that checkpoint. The sum of the points of a single member affect not only his own result but also the result of the team. On the basis of the results of all participants in this stage a winner of the individual section of The Medical Universiade will be announced.

STAGE 2: In stage two of The Medical Universiade team members must work together to deal with clinical cases. Finishing faster than other teams brings your team more points, so in this stage it is not only about giving the correct answers, but also giving them fast. The winner in the group section of the Universiade is the team with the biggest point sum, which is formed by the points of every member from STAGE 1 plus the earned points in STAGE 2.