National Inter-Dental School Physiology Quiz 2015
28th November 2015
Saturday, 28th of November 2015. A historic date indeed as the first ever National Inter-dental School Physiology Quiz(iDPQ 2015) was hosted in Balai Ungku Aziz, Malaya University. Having advisor, Professor Dr. Cheng Hwee Ming, and director, Lydia Kong Yi Li, this pioneer event was organized under the Dental Society of Malaya University(DENSOC) in cooperation with the Malaysian Dental Students' Association(MDSA) and the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Malaya University.
iDPQ is an oral quiz competition. The main focus of it is to make physiology relevant to us dental students. Besides that, iDPQ also aims to build stronger ties between all dental schools in Malaysia(and hopefully, the world).
A total of 154 participants(lecturers, contestants, and cheer team) registered prior to the event from 12 dental schools all over Malaysia. This includes Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Univeristi Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, Univerisiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Lincoln University College, AIMST University, International Medical University, MAHSA University, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Penang International Dental College, and SEGi University.
Everyone enjoyed and chattered during breakfast at 8am. By 9am, the hall where the quiz was held was full with a total of around 220 people gathered to be briefed on house and quiz rules by Professor Cheng.
The opening ceremony commenced soon after 2 quiz sessions ended. It was an honour to have the dean of our dentistry faculty, Professor Dato dr. Zainal Ariff bin Abdul Rahman, to officiate iDPQ 2015.
After another 2 sessions of competition, the 6 universities advancing to the semifinals were determined. This included Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Segi University, Melaka Manipal Medical College and Lincoln University. Lunch was served. There were leftovers with everyone having more than enough to eat.
At 1.30pm, all were gathered in the hall again for the semifinals. After 2 nerve-wracking quiz sessions, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM), Universiti Malaya(UM), and Segi University made it to the finals.
Lucky draws consisting of Starbucks gift cards and dental appliances were given before the finals to lighten the mood of the event. It was an interesting time indeed as everyone anticipated to be called. During the break, Professor Cheng Hwee Ming also offered books to 2 people who could answer his question regarding physiology!
The final round of the competition was intense. Everyone was on their toes as the contestants answered the questions given by the quiz master. Cheer teams shouted for joy whenever their university had a correct answer.
Initially, UKM was the frontrunner. However, the finals took an unexpected turn when UM and UKM tied up after confident answers from UM's contestants, Chia Zhu Ying and Chong Zi Wei. On the last quiz question, the UM team hit the buzzer, stealing it from Segi University with a risk of point deduction if answered wrongly. The UM cheer team held their breath as UM's only male contestant, Tan Yuan Shern, answered for the final steal.
"Correct", says the quiz master with the judges' approval. A roar of applause came from UM's cheer team. They were up from their seats, shouting and jumping for joy. It was a moment of pure ecstasy for Team UM.
For the first ever National Inter-dental School Physiology Quiz, UM emerged as champions with 1st runner to UKM and 2nd runner up to Segi University. Hats off to them all!
High tea was served. Then, the closing ceremony of iDPQ 2015 begin at 3.45pm. Professor Cheng proudly presented all the winners what they deserved. There was also a hamper for "Best Cheer Team", which was brought home by the cheer team of UKM. A compilation photos taken throughout the event was also presented during the closing ceremony. It was a memorable moment indeed. Lastly, a group photo ended the event on a good note.
All in all, iDPQ 2015 was nothing short of exciting and a blessing.
Prepared by: Lydia Kong
Photos courtesy of Ooi Kok Yong