A team of 330 people, more than 1,500 high school students from all over the country and across the border, applied to participate in the competition organized by the Budapest Medical Students’ Association (BMSA). This year’s competition was held online, with the two-day final taking place on 27-28 March.
In the 2020/2021 academic year, the Semmelweis Health Competition was held for the sixth time. The main goal of the event, organized by the Budapest Medical Students’ Association (BMSA), is to improve the health understanding and health preservation of the high school generation, as well as to transfer basic prevention and information in an interactive and enjoyable way. Nearly 80 BMSA volunteers have been involved in organizing and conducting the 6th Semmelweis Health Competition since September 2020. The event ended after the first 3 online rounds on 27-28 March, 2021 with the two-day final.
This year’s competition was attended by 330 teams of five, more than 1,500 high school students from all over the country and across the border. A nearly 200-page long professional handout written by the heads of the prevention sections and reviewed by specialists provided support for the preparation for the competition. The topics of the 6th Semmelweis Health Competition were:
Health-conscious nutrition, sports nutrition
Risk and prevention of diabetes
Eating disorders, fashion diets
Basic resuscitation and first aid
Proper medicine use and antimicrobial resistance
The life and work of Ignác Semmelweis
Transplantation and blood donation
Reproductive health care
Sexually transmitted diseases
Exercise and sports
Oral health and oral hygiene
The first three rounds of the program took place online, during which the contestants had to solve simple elective as well as more complex, elaborate tasks. The teams then had to carry out a project work in their own school or place of residence with the aim of disseminating useful health information to as wide a range of people as possible. The topic of the project tasks was organized around vaccinations this year.
The two-day final was held online via Zoom. Based on the results of previous rounds, the top 36 five-person teams were selected for the final, and they all received the tools needed for online stations during the week before the competition, as well as Semmelweis Health Competition souvenirs.
In the final, students measured their knowledge through interactive tasks, and at the stations, medical student volunteers helped them solve exciting tasks in different sections.
Eszter Romhányi, Budapest Medical Students’ Association (BMSA)
Translation: Katalin Illés-Romhányi