Who is eligible to enter and win
There are TWO eligibility categories, each with identical
prizes (total $2500 will be awarded, $1250 in each category).
The first category - current house staff (interns and residents in all specialties) at
UHHS-affiliated hospitals --
comprises about 200 young physicians, all in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
The second category - the rest of the world -- comprises about 5 billion people.
THERE IS NO COMPETITION BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS!
Identical cash prizes will go to each group.
Why two groups of contestants? The reason for the first group
is because Dr. Martin is a pulmonary physician at University Hospitals of Cleveland and
wishes to continue the tradition of the Quiz, which originated with house staff he knew
personally. The WCQ is designed with house staff (interns, residents) in mind.
The reason for the second group of contestants is because this is truly a World Class
Quiz, and should also be open to the whole world. (Note: Included in this
second or 'entire world' group are current faculty and post-graduate fellows
at UHHS-affiliated hospitals, and medical students at Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine.)
- House staff at any
UHHS-affiliated hospital --> 3 cash prizes, totalling $1250
- The rest of humanity --> 3 cash prizes, totalling $1250
Rules, How to enter, etc.
1) The deadline for all entries is Wednesday, February 28, 2001. Since the WCQ
was posted on July 24, 2000, that gives anyone interested ample time to learn about the Quiz
and work on the questions. Answer sheets received after the deadline will not be scored.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
2) There are three ways to enter: a) by FAX, b) snail mail, or c) e-mail.
a) By FAX: Use the printed answer sheet on the site and fax it to the number
listed below. On this sheet you merely CIRCLE the correct answers.
Answers printed on any other sheet will not be scored.
Our experience is that hand written answers are often
illegible or confusing (e.g., "c" sometimes looks like "e").
Fax your answer sheet to:
Lawrence Martin, M.D.
FAX No. 216-464-2005
b)By SNAIL MAIL: Use the printed answer sheet on the site. On this sheet
you merely CIRCLE the correct answers. Again, answers printed on any other sheet will
not be scored, for the same reasons stated above. Mail the answer sheet to:
Lawrence Martin, M.D.
9000 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, Ohio 44060
c) By E-MAIL. Copy the e-mail answer form to Word or Wordperfect (or any other
word processor). The e-mail form is merely a list of numbers from 1 - 60. When you've copied
it to a word processing format, beside each number type in your answer (a, b, c, etc.),
then copy the completed form (using your computer mouse, select Edit, then Copy)
and paste it to an e-mail message. Send e-mail to
3) Entries may be submitted at any time before the deadline. The date
of entry won't matter, as long as it is before the deadline.
Please make sure your address and phone number are written
on the answer sheet, so we can contact you if necessary.
4) If you want acknowledgment that we received your e-mail answer sheet,
just ask for a return to sender message when you send it. If you want
acknowlegement of receipt of the paper answer sheet (fax or surface mail), please
ask for this on the answer sheet along with your e-mail address, and we'll e-mail
5) In all cases, we cannot be responsible if your answer sheet doesn't get to us,
although if it is mailed or faxed properly, we should receive it.
Once submitted, the answer sheet cannot be returned to the sender.
Please keep a copy of your answer sheet. Answers will
be posted on this site after the deadline.
6) In the event of ties for the winning score, there will be a 'playoff.' (This
is fairer than just putting the names in a hat and choosing one). The people
who tie for the highest score will be asked to answer a much shorter quiz (approximately
10 questions) over a much shorter time period (approximately 2 weeks). Conceivably there
could be more than one playoff, but again this is highly unlikely. In any case,
chances are excellent that if you do get all 60 questions correct you will
win a cash prize (no guarantees, though).
7) The Quiz is not easy. For anyone studying for the Boards (particularly in
internal medicine), this Quiz is an excellent review if you investigate each question.
Some of the answers can perhaps be argued if one resorts to semantics,
but there is only one best or correct answer. Please read each question carefully
before finalizing your answer. Note that in some questions the correct answer
is the least likely statement, whereas in other questions the
correct answer is the most likely statement. If you think there is more
than one correct answer, please choose the best one.
8) We reserve the right to make changes in this Quiz before the deadline, if
necessitated by errors or new information that comes to our attention. If the change
will materially affect the question's answer, we will either give credit if you've
already submitted the answer sheet, or discard the question altogether.
(In other words, we'll try to be fair to all entrants if we screwed up a question.)
It is recommended that you check for any
changes in the questions before handing in your answer sheet.
9)The winners, along with the correct answers, will be announced on this
web site shortly after the deadline.
END OF RULES