The National Pharmacy Quiz (Rx Quiz) is an intellectual competition between undergraduates from schools of pharmacy in Malaysia. This event provides a platform for pharmacy students from all over the country to meet and compete healthily on knowledge and intellect. It is hoped that this program will elevate the par of quality and competency amongst pharmacists-to-be, and will contribute to the better development of pharmacy profession in Malaysia. It is also hoped that this event will widen and strengthen the network established between all schools of pharmacy in Malaysia and its neighbouring countries in the future.
Therefore, The IIUM Pharmacy Students Society (IPhA) plans to organize The 3rd National Pharmacy Quiz 2011 (Rx Quiz III) as a continuation of previous years’ successful events, Rx Quiz I 2009 and Rx Quiz II 2010, involving teams from all schools of pharmacy nationwide. However, this time around, the event is going to spread its wings even further by inviting participations from other schools of pharmacy in the neighbouring countries. This would become the initial step in bringing the program to a higher level.
It is hoped that this national-level program will be a stepping stone towards achieving regional and eventually international level. As such, this year IPhA intends to invite the participation of one university each from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, which are already in the network of IPhA.
The event consists of a preliminary and two elimination rounds before the contestants compete in the final round to win the Tariq Trophy, which is named after the Dean of Kulliyyah of Pharmacy IIUM, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Tariq bin Abdul Razak.
The quiz will focus on topics pertaining to physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. A committee will be assembled and led by the advisor of this program, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed, for the construction of the Question Bank. The panel of judges will consist of representatives from all pharmacy schools invited.
In order to promote a healthy competition between schools of pharmacy in the country, IPhA has offered the organization for the next Rx Quiz to other universities in Malaysia, whilst maintaining the identity of the event in which the Tariq Trophy will remain the event trophy. At the National Gathering of Pharmacy Students (NoGAPS) held recently in May 2011, the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University was given the honour to organize and host the next Rx Quiz.
This third edition of Rx Quiz now expands its acceptance for registration of participants from universities of the neighbouring countries , limited to one team per university. Among the chosen teams are from
- School of Pharmacy of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
- School of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore.
- School of Pharmacy of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.
- School of Pharmacy from the Philipines (to be determined).