3rd Edition of the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz

I. Guyton and Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology

  •  Unit III – The Heart

Chapter 9 – Cardiac muscle; The heart as a pump and function of the heart valves
Chapter 10 – Rhythmical excitation of the Heart
Chapter 11 – The normal electrocardiogram

  • Unit IV – The Circulation

Chapter 14 – Overview of the circulation; Biophysics of pressure, flow and resistance
Chapter 15 – Vascular distensibility and functions of the arterial and venous systems
Chapter 16 – The microcirculation and lymphatic system: capillary fluid exchange, interstitial fluid and lymph flow
Chapter 17 – Local and humoral control of tissue blood flow
Chapter 18 – Nervous regulation of the circulation and rapid control of arterial pressure
Chapter 19 – Role of the kidneys in long-term control of arterial pressure and in hypertension: the integrated system for arterial pressure regulation
Chapter 20 – Cardiac output, venous return and their regulation
Chapter 21 – Muscle blood flow and cardiac output during exercise; the coronary circulation and ischemic heart disease

  • Unit V – The body fluids and kidney

Chapter 25 – The body fluid compartments: extracellular and intracellular fluids; edema
Chapter 26 – Urine formation by the kidneys: I. Glomerular filtration, renal blood flow and their control
Chapter 27 – Urine formation by the kidney: II. Tubular reabsorption and secretion
Chapter 28 – Urine concentration and dilution; Regulation of extracellular fluid osmolarity and sodium concentration
Chapter 29 – Renal regulation of potassium, calcium, phosphate and magnesium; Integration of renal mechanisms for control of blood volume and extracellular fluid volume
Chapter 30 – Acid-base regulation
Chapter 31 – Diuretics and their mechanisms of action

  • Unit VI – Blood cells, Immunity and blood coagulation

Chapter 32 – Red blood cells, anemia and polycythemia
Chapter 33 – Resistance of the body to infection: I. Leukocytes granulocytes and monocyte-macrophage system and Inflammation
Chapter 34 – Resistance of the body to infection: II. Immunity and allergy innate immunity
Chapter 35 – Blood types: Tissue and organ transplantation
Chapter 36 – Hemostasis and blood coagulation

  •  Unit VII – Respiration

Chapter 37 – Pulmonary ventilation
Chapter 38 – Pulmonary circulation, pulmonary edema, pleural fluids
Chapter 39 – Physical principles of gas exchange; Diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide through the respiratory membrane
Chapter 40 – Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in blood and tissue fluids
Chapter 41 – Regulation of respiration

  •  Unit XII – Gastrointestinal physiology

Chapter 62 – General principles of gastrointestinal function – motility, nervous control and blood circulation
Chapter 63 – Propulsion and mixing of food in the alimentary tract
Chapter 64 – Secretory function of the alimentary tract
Chapter 65 – Digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract


II. Medical Physiology, A Cellular and Molecular Approach, Walter Boron and Emile Boulpaep

  • Section II – Physiology of cells and molecules

Chapter 3 – Signal transduction
Chapter 5 – Transport of solutes and water
Chapter 6 – Electrophysiology of the cell membrane
Chapter 7 – Electrical excitability and action potential
Chapter 8 – Synaptic transmission and the neuromuscular junction
Chapter 9 – Cellular physiology of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle

  •  Section III – The nervous system

Chapter 12 – Physiology of neurons
Chapter 13 – Synaptic transmission in the nervous system
Chapter 14 – The autonomic nervous system
Chapter 11 – The Neuronal Microenvironment
Chapter 16 – Circuits of the Central Nervous System


9th of May, 2018, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Physiology Department of “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, organized the 1st Romanian Edition of the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz, a contest whose origins are attributed to Prof. Dr. Cheng Hwee Ming from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event took place on 9 of May 2018 in “Iuliu Hațieganu” Auditorium and it brought together a number of 24 teams of medical students from several Romanian Medical Universities, thus comprising a total of 110 participants. We can highlight the fact that this event was also a premiere due to the involvement of English section medical students from Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova and Oradea Medicine Universities.

The Quiz was named after the distinguished Romanian Physiologist, Professor Mircea Dorofteiu, remarkable scientist of Cluj-Napoca Physiology, perfect teacher, exceptional researcher, trainer for numerous student generations, and a real model for all of us.

Professor Cheng is a distinguished Physiologist, recognised in entire world as a specialist in innovative approach to Physiology teaching and learning techniques. In Malaysia, this type of contest was organized for the first time in 2003, with 7 participant teams from Malaysia Universities. The enthusiasm of the students that participated to the competition, the contest impact on the Physiology teaching, but especially the implication and the unique vision of Professor Cheng, led to a progressive increase, year by year, of the interest for this quiz. The last edition of the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz in Malaysia, took place in Kuala Lumpur on 15th-16th of August 2018 and brought together 460 students from 24 countries, organized in 104 teams, with 120 physiology lecturers. Over the years, Professor Cheng was invited to participate in coordination of this type of contest in different countries of Asia, but also in United States and Australia.

Romania is the first country from Europe that organized this competition.

Professor Simona Clichici, Chief of Physiology Discipline, and Professor Adriana Filip organized the 1st Romanian Edition of the Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz, with the help of two dedicated students in physiology: Nicu Andronic and Anca Verdeş.

Professor Cheng honoured us with his presence and coordinated the entire competition.

The Romanian quiz was based on the original version with adaptation to the smaller number of participants we had. Our quiz had three rounds:

  1. First round comprised 5 question sessions, each of them involving 4 – 5 competing teams
  2. Second round comprised 3 question sessions, each involving 4 teams
  3. The final round involved the winners of the previous round.

Professor Cheng asked the questions that were particularly focused on Respiration, Excretion, Cardiovascular System, Hormones and Neuronal Physiology. The teams had 30 seconds to give the answers. With the chronometer started and with the public in front of them, the students had to prove their ability to focus, to work together and to write the best response they had.

Our quiz was a real multicultural event and this fact was also visible in the winner teams.

Three teams from Cluj-Napoca U.M.Ph. “Iuliu Haţieganu” won the second and third prizes: two teams from Romanian section and one team from English section.

One team from Târgu Mureş University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hungarian section was awarded with the first prize and received the competition trophy

The event was a great success, being dynamic and attractive for the competing students, the University staff and other colleagues who supported the teams and followed the contest evolution till its end.

One of the participants sent us his feelings and some remarks regarding the event: “The competition was very engaging and, most important, it put our brains to work. The questions were wisely chosen and I really liked the fact that if there it was a misunderstanding regarding the answer, Professor explained it. Overall, I felt the competition as a great experience that helped me revise my physiology, understanding some physiological conditions even better now and, not to mention, making new friends. I am looking forward to the next edition!”

Professor Adriana Filip said that a great merit of this competition was the bringing together of the medical students from all over the country, students who spoke a common physiology language, and who demonstrated the great implications that physiology knowledge has in medical practice. They had the opportunity of sharing their knowledge and feelings regarding the medicine and the competition, and they had established long-lasting friendships.

We express our gratitude to Professor Cheng Hwee Ming for his encouragement, his organizational support and for giving us the opportunity to share our interest in Physiology.

We express our thanks to all the participants for their enthusiasm, interest and passion for physiology that made this milestone event possible!

Congratulations to the winners and we wish them to accomplish their dreams and expectations in their academic life!

We invite you all to the next edition of this contest, in Cluj-Napoca, on 7-8th of May 2019!

Scientific Committee:

Professor Dr. Cheng Hwee Ming

Organizing Committeee:

Prof. Dr. Adriana Filip – Coordinator of the Student’s Scientific Circle of Physiology
Prof. Dr. Simona Clichici – Head of the Physiology Department
Prof. Dr. Şoimiţa Suciu – Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine Cluj-Napoca
Nicu Andronic – Student Coordinator of the Student’s Scientific Circle of Physiology
Andreea Hopirtean – Student Coordinator of the Student’s Scientific Circle of Physiology
Alexandru Sîrbu – OSM President Cluj-Napoca

 Şef. Lucr. Dr. Ramona Simedrea
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Irina Chiş
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Daniela Mitrea
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Lavinia Sabău
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Cezar Login
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Ioana Bâldea
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Teodora Mocan
Şef. Lucr. Dr. Hana Decean
Asist. Dr. Cristina Bidian
Asist. Dr. Oana Hoteiuc
Asist. Dr. Alina Toader
Asist. Dr. Alexandra Berghian-Sevastre
Asist. Drd. Alexandra Pop
Asist. Drd. Nadina Pop
Drd. Diana Tudor
Drd. Victoria Ruţă
Drd. Teodora Timiş
Drd. Mihai Lupu





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