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Test your knowledge against the best in the world September - November 2019

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Think you’ve got what it takes to beat the best?
This year we’re hosting a Global Challenge to find the medical students that really shine.

We’ve got 5 intense challenges lined up to start with. Only the best will go through to the next rounds. If you can battle through those we’ve got a grand clinical finale ready to test all your skills and brainpower.

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  • Your chance to really shine

    This is your chance to show us how good you can be. Make it through the 4 rounds of questions, share your insights and knowledge in the video round and you could be one of 12 medical students travelling to LONDON to challenge yourself further in our unique clinical finale.

    Designed by our leading experts Dr. Ted O'Connell. Dr. Ryan Pedigo, Dr Hao-Hua Wu and Dr. Raj Dasgupta this will be an experience like no other.

    The Global Challenge

    1. Brainpower Assessment

    4 question rounds. Starting 14th September for 4 weeks.

    Our brain testing questions will be live for 3 days and everyone will be able to access results and additional learning materials as you progress.

    Each week 25 questions will be live for 3 days to be completed in 25 minutes.

    Round 1 - everyone makes it through after that we'll be setting the criteria to go through to the next rounds.

    Are you bright enough to beat the best?

    2. Video Challenge

    Show us yourself. Send us a video.

    If you’re dedicated enough, and you’ve managed to prove to us that you’ve reached gold standard, then we want to push you further.

    We’ll need a short sixty second video from you based on an intriguing challenge that we will set.

    Videos will be reviewed by our expert panel and the final twelve will be chosen.

    Only the best will go through, so we’ll need to see your finest work.

    3. The Clinical Finale

    The ultimate clinical finale. November 15-18th.

    For the final 12 students from around the globe, time will be ticking. Nerves will be tested. Resolve will be judged.

    This will be a clinical challenge like no other.

    An exciting location, this will be your chance to meet, learn and compete with the best in the world.

    Complete the Golden Challenge.

    Giving you a head start

    As part of the challenge we’re giving you access to ClinicalKey Student for 3 months. That’s access to over 200 medical education titles, 850 videos and 85,000 images as well as additional questions to help master your skills.


    Remember the Hackathon?

    Back in 2017 we brought you Elsevier Hacks a hugely successful event that brought medical students from across the world together with designers and developers to build solutions to challenges in medical education.

    Don’t take our word for it, the 2017 finalists say it best:

    I couldn't believe it when I was awarded one of the sixteen spots for which medical students from all over the world had been competing. I felt grateful and very excited to be able to represent Spain at such an event, and help to solve the present challenges in medical education.

    Álvaro Prados Carmona, University of Córdoba, Spain

    When I first found out I would be participating in Elsevier Hacks, it was honestly a dream come true. I simply cannot express how blessed I feel to have been chosen to work alongside such a diverse range of talented developers and designers.

    Alice Leung, University of Western Sydney, Australia

    I felt incredibly excited and honored for being selected and for representing Venezuela and Latin America in this event of world size.

    Víctor Alfredo Sanna Vásquez, University of Carabobo, Venezuela

    I was very grateful and delighted that I would be going to Elsevier Hacks on the behalf of my fellow medical students from China. I’ve dreamed a thousand times to be lucky enough to be selected by the famous Elsevier company and have the chance to do something influential for medical education.

    Xie Qin, University of Wuhan, China