KUANTAN: For the first time ever, a national- level quiz for pharmacy undergraduates will be held at the International Islamic University (IIU) branch campus here this weekend.
Fourteen teams from nine public and private institutions of higher learning will participate in the inaugural competition known as IIU National Pharmacy Quiz 2009 or "Rx Quiz '09".
The participating universities include IIU; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Universiti Sains Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi Mara; International Medical University; Management and Science University; Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology University; University of Nottingham; and Ireland College of Technology.
The two-day competition is being organised by IIU Pharmacy Students Society with the cooperation of the IIU and The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd office here.
Programme manager Mohd Azwadi Kamarudin said each team of four members would have to answer questions on various topics on pharmacology, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice and physiology.
He said similar quizzes had been held for medical undergraduates every year, but none had ever been organised for pharmacy students to date.
"It will raise the quality of pharmacy graduates and serve as a platform for the participants to test their skills and knowledge," Azwadi said.
IIU rector Professor Datuk Seri Dr Syed Arabi Idid will open the quiz on Saturday, while its deputy rector (academic and planning) Professor Datuk Dr Md Tahir Azhar is scheduled to close and present the prizes to the winners on Sunday.
The champion team will receive a challenge trophy, RM1,000 cash and certificates.
The International Islamic University (IIU) beat 14 other teams from public and private institutions of higher learning in the country to grab the top spot in the first IIU National Pharmacy Quiz 2009 here yesterday.
Being the home team in the two-day competition held at the IIU Kuantan campus here, the two IIU teams were neck and neck with each other during the heats, only to face off in the final rounds to grab the top two positions.
The winning team A took home RM1,000 and atrophy while team B, which came second, got RM500.
The International Medical University team B was placed third and won RM200 and certificates.
The IIU A team was represented by Mohd Izzuddin Mohd Jaaffar, Muhammad Salahuddin Haris @ Haritti, Muhamad Aizuddin Roszali and Hind Hassan Hamed Elnial.
The B team comprised Mohamad Ilzani Ab Rashid, Ahmad Salihin Abdullah, Farrah Aina Sofiah Saufi and Norhaziah Mohamad Salleh.
Norhaziah also did her university proud when she was named the best participant after putting in a remarkable performance in the final, earning her RM100 and a trophy
IIU team A leader, Salahuddin and his team-mates were all smiles when they received the Tariq challenge trophy and mock cheque from Pharmacy faculty dean Professor Datuk Dr Tariq Abdul Razak.
For Salahuddin it was a memorable revenge against their counterparts as they were earlier placed lower than IIU B in the quarter-final and semi-final stages after failing to score high points.
"Our hard work was rewarded and this will be the perfect gift
International Medical University B won RM200 and certificates.
Tariq, in his closing speech said the move to organise the pharmacy quiz was a great idea considering that it was the first time such a quiz was held in the country.
He said the positive response received during the quiz could pave way for a better response next year.
The IIU National Pharmacy Quiz 2009 or "Rx Quiz '09" saw teams comprising four members test their witson five topics, namely pharmacology, physiology, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical technology.
The participating universities were IIU; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Universiti Sains Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi Mara; International Medical University; Management and Science University; Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology University; University of Nottingham and Island College of Technology.
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ALHAMDULLILLAH, OUR TEAMS HAVE PARTICIPATED THIS QUIZ AND THEY ARE REACHED AT QUARTER FINAL AFTER PASSING THE FIRST STAGE QUIZ ( MCQ QUIZ) . FOR SECOND STAGE ,BOTH OF GROUP HAS SAME OPPONENT FROM INTERNATIONAL MALAYSIA UNIVERSITY ( IMU) AND THEY GAVE FULLY EFFORT TO WIN THE QUIZ .. CONGRATE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND ONE OF TEAM HAVE ONLY 1 MARK WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR SEMI-FINAL.. THAT SIMPLE NEWS FROM ME, INSYAALLAH, I WILL TELL IN DETAIL ABOUT THE QUIZ AND MANY VALUABLE EXPERIENCES THAT WE ARE GETTING FOR THE NEXT TIME..
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