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About IQMU

The International Quiz for Medical Undergraduates, IQMU, is a student-run initiative hosted by Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, a name synonymous with quality medical education, as proven by its consistent ranking amongst the top 10 medical colleges in the country over the years. KMC Manipal is a constituent of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, a world-class institution sprawled over 600 acres in Karnataka, India.

IQMU was conceived from the experience and inspiration gathered by a team of students who attended a similar international competition – CICoM, in Mexico, in the year 2016. Upon their return to Manipal, their stories ignited a spark in their fellow peers to create an event which strives to facilitate international academic and cultural exchange, and thus IQMU made its debut in 2017 with the continuous support of our sponsor, GEMx.

The quiz consists rounds which tests the participants' knowledge and understanding in the fields of basic medical sciences such anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology, and core medical subjects such as medicine, surgery and obstetrics. The rounds vary far and wide in their formats, ranging from spotters and clinical vignettes, written question papers comprising of multiple-choice questions, matrices and comprehensive passages, to IQMU's acclaimed Mental Relay, which provides participants with a clinical case scenario that must be solved by ordering from a set panel of investigations that would lead to diagnosis, in a relay fashion, as would be in a hospital setting.

IQMU is thus an amazing opportunity for medical students worldwide to experience the best possible 3-day quest comprising of an extensive, nail-biting quiz, informative workshops, programs showcasing the rich culture of India, clinical and medical learning and most importantly, interaction and exchange with other medical students of different backgrounds from around the world!

The next edition of IQMU will take place at KMC, Manipal, from 6 th to 8 th March, 2020. Register now {hyperlink} to sign up for the adventure and learning of a lifetime, set against the scenic backdrop of the coastal university town of Manipal.




About KMC

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, is a leading, prestigious institution offering incomparable medical training and education, consistently ranking amongst the top 10 medical colleges over the years. It was founded in 1953 by Dr. Tone Madhav Anant Pai, and was then the first self-financing medical college in India.

Today, students from 44 countries have graduated from KMC, and the medical degree (MBBS) is recognized worldwide, including by the General Medical Council of Great Britain, ECFMG, Australian Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council among several others. In 2018, KMC, Manipal, was recognized by the New York State Board of Regents, becoming the only medical college in the country which has received this recognition from the New York State Education Department.

Kasturba Hospital, established in 1961 is now a multispecialty hospital with over 2000 beds and 40 departments, fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to bring about better healthcare to patients while simultaneously providing an enriching learning experience to all its students. Apart from this, the college also focuses on all-round development of its students, as can be proven by the various amenities and opportunities available to them.

SEARCH, the health sciences library, is perhaps the best in the country, spanning 6 magnanimous floors and sq feet. The Museum of Anatomy and Pathology (MAP), billed as one of the largest in Asia boasts of over 3000 specimens and anatomical samples. Marena, the six-level sports complex is one of the best equipped sports centres in the country with facilities such as a gymnasium, basketball courts, cricket ball machine, badminton courts, squash courts, sauna, among many others.

With the best faculty, infrastructure, and opportunities, it is no wonder that KMC, Manipal produces some of the finest physicians and surgeons of tomorrow.




About Manipal



Manipal is a picturesque town on the coast of the southern state of Karnataka, India. Once a barren hill with few trees, it was transformed into a teeming university town by Dr. T. M. A Pai, who first founded Kasturba Medical College in 1953, the flagship institute of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. From its location on a plateau, it commands a panoramic view of the Persian Gulf to the west and the Western Ghats to the east.

Home to the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), the town attracts more than 25000 students every year and boasts of a diverse population of students and faculty from around 60 countries. In 2018, MAHE was granted the status of Institute of Eminence by the Government of India, being one of a select handful of institutions in the country to have received the title

Apart from visiting an esteemed institution, interacting with the best minds and participating in the Quiz, participants have an opportunity to tour the city in their free time, visiting the various attractions and visiting points in Manipal to see what life is like in the city. Touristic places include the tranquil nature spot that is End Point Park, the serene Arbi Falls, the sunny, beautiful St Mary’s Island, and the numerous beaches spanning the beautiful Arabian Sea coastline (Malpe, Kapu, etc).

Another place of interest would the Museum of Anatomy & Pathology, one of the best known and largest Anatomy museums worldwide. Those interested in experiencing campus life as a Manipalite are always welcome to roam the lush green 600-acre campus which is run rampant with free-spirited minds and the bustle of ever-busy Manipal students.