Primus inter pares

All Russian Olympiad on Normal Physiology was held at MSMU

Prepared by: Chung Min Jiun

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The event started on 26 November 2015, at Sechenov physiology building at Mokhovaya street, Moscow. There were totally 27 team groups from different parts of the Russian Federation. The First MSMU (international team) was represented by a five strong team of years 3 – 5 students under the name “Victorious”:

1. Choong Khai Munn (Чунг Хай Мунн) group 86, 5th year – additional participant

2. Chung Min Jiun (Чунг Мин Джун), group 90, 5th year

3. Madhubrata Ghosh (Мадхубрата Гхош), group 81, 4th year

4. Chew Jet Soob (Чу Джет Сооб), group 92, 3d year

5. Goh Jin Fei (Гох Джин Фей), group 92.

After the registration lecture session started. Three lectures were given to all participants. Topics for discussion were Systemic regulation of physiological functions by HOD of normal physiology of MSMU prof. Alexsey E. Umriukhin, Hypothesis of a two-stage mechanism of positive reinforcement by director of Research Institute of Normal Physiology prof. Sergei K. Sudakov and Ivan M. Sechenov biography by assistant prof. of physiology department Vladimir F. Volkov.

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First and second parts of the contest, namely “Physiology quiz” and “Physiology crossword” started at 1430. We have done it smoothly. Then we had a small coffee break. First day of competition ended with a visit to Ivan M. Sechenov mini museum directed by assistant prof. Vladimir F. Volkov and assistant prof. E.Ionkina.

The second day of competition (27 November 2015) started at 10.00. Three parts of that day contest included: the first part – “Historical Quiz”, the second part – “Functional Systems” and the third and the last part – “Competition on Practical Skills”. All the three parts of the contest were done by 15.00.We were then gathered at the second floor of the lecture hall. Firstly, a short film was presented to us. After that, the results were being announced and prizes were given to the corresponding teams. We did not win the main prize, but due to our enthusiasm and multiple efforts to compete with the best Russian students in different fields of Physiology our team and all the members were awarded by memorial charts of participants and by the special prize “Will to Win” (and small statuette of Frog!).