Diagnose my Disease Contest for AMSA Members

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You must be a current member in good standing with the American Medical Students Association to enter.




1.    About the i-Human Patients “Diagnose my Disease” Contest

The i-Human Patients “Diagnose my Disease” competition challenges AMSA members to diagnose a virtual patient in a simulated hospital setting. The simulated patient encounter replaces all components of a real patient encounter. Performance at each step of the encounter is tracked and scored. Every investigation and decision you make will be evaluated against the best medical evidence on how to assess a patient with that presenting symptom and how accurate the diagnostic reasoning pathway was to arrive at a final diagnosis.

2.    Prize Money

You will have the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in prize money.

The competition begins on October 1, 2016 and ends on February 28, 2017. You will play a new case every month with a $100 case reward for the top performer of the month. The top 3 (cumulative) performers will earn the opportunity to compete LIVE at the AMSA annual conference in Washington, DC for a grand prize of $500 (1st prize), $250 (2nd prize) and $100 (3rd prize).

Click HERE to learn more about the i-Human Patients case player.

3.    Getting Started

Following contest registration, a practice case will be assigned. This case will be assigned in “Learning Mode”. This play mode provides “expert” feedback at each step of a virtual encounter (outlined below). This case is NOT scored and is just to familiarize you with the software platform.

On the first day of each month, a new Contest Case will be assigned in Test Mode, where no feedback or confirmation of the final diagnosis is provided. At the same time, the preceding month’s Contest Case will be made available in “Learning Mode”, which will allow participants to replay the case, obtain expert evaluation feedback and view a video lecture on how to approach patients with the given symptoms.

Case Steps

Cases in the final LIVE competition will be selected from one of the symptom categories covered in the monthly competitions. So be sure to lean the diagnostic approaches to these problems.

4.    Scoring and Strategy

Scoring will be based upon the quality and efficiency of your:

  • Information gathering, including:
    • History taking: number of appropriate questions asked (not so few that your diagnosis is a guess, but also not so many that you waste time)
    • Physical exam: perform only the physical exams that are appropriate, correctly assess vital signs and document your findings
    • Tests ordered and interpreted
  • Your identification and characterization of the patient’s problems
  • Investigation of pivotal concepts, where a pivotal concept is something that should be investigated during the assessment, the finding of which serves to focus your differential
  • Your differential diagnosis (comprehensive, without inappropriate hypotheses)
  • Correct ranking of your differential (leading, alternatives, must-not-miss)
  • Final diagnosis
Click HERE to view a sample performance report and learn about the metrics used for evaluation.

5.     Deadlines

Contest Cases open the first day of each month and close on the last day of the month (excluding February). Performance will be posted on AMSA’s contest Monthly Leader Board. The first phase of the competition begins on October 1, 2016 and ends February 17, 2017. The championship round will occur LIVE at AMSA’s annual conference in Washington, DC on February 23-26, 2017.


  • October 1 – 31, 2016
    • Case 1: “Learning Mode” (a practice case)
    • Case 2: “Test Mode” (no feedback)
  • November 1 – 30, 2016
    • Case 2: “Learning Mode” (October’s Test Mode Case)
    • Case 3: “Test Mode” (no feedback)
  • December 1 – 31, 2016
    • Case 3: “Learning Mode” (November’s Test Mode Case)
    • Case 4: “Test Mode” (no feedback)
  • January 1 – 31, 2017
    • Case 4: “Learning Mode” (December’s Test Mode case)
    • Case 5: “Test Mode” (no feedback)
  • February 1 – 10, 2017
    • Case 5: “Learning Mode” (January’s Test Mode case)
    • Case 6: “Test Mode” (no feedback)
  • February 11 – 17, 2017
    • Case 6: “Learning Mode” (February’s Test Mode case)



1.     Eligibility

The i-Human Patients “Diagnose my Disease” contest is open to all members of AMSA, regardless of experience level. No purchase is necessary. Employees of i-Human Patients, Inc., AMSA or other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2.     Sponsor

The “Diagnose my Disease” contest is sponsored by i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP) located in Sunnyvale, CA. IHP’s cloud-based simulation platform provides next-generation, life-like virtual patient encounters. Its’ i-Human Case Player clinical/hospital setting makes learning diagnosis fun and interactive while also providing “expert” feedback and education – like having a “coach in your pocket.”

3.     Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the “Diagnose my Disease” contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules, and acknowledgement that the decision(s) of the Sponsor are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules, fulfilling all requirements herein, and acceptance of IHP’s Terms of Service which can be found at HERE. By registering and participating in the Contest, you agree that IHP and AMSA may use your name and your performance statistics in a “leaderboard” showing the top participants and in other publicity related to the AMSA annual conference. You also agree that IHP and AMSA may contact you via email to give you information about the Contest and other products and services you may be interested in. We may post a list of winners online after the Contest ends.

4.     Contest Period

The first phase of the contest begins on October 1, 2016, at 8am ET and ends on February 17, 2017, at 8pm ET. The final case submission must be completed before the end of the contest period to allow selection of the finalists who will compete LIVE for first prize at the AMSA annual conference in Washington DC, February 23-26, 2017.

5.     How to Enter

To register, you will need to provide your name, email address, AMSA member ID, institutional affiliation and class (M1, M2…). Click HERE to begin the registration process. Upon successful registration, you will receive an invitation to view the i-Human Patients tutorial videos and to diagnose “Marvin F. Webster.” This is a practice case to allow you to become familiar with the software platform and will not be included in your contest score.

6.     Prizes

Prizes of One Hundred U.S. Dollars ($100) will be awarded to the participant with the highest score on the first day of the month during the Contest period (November 1, December 1, January 1, February 1, and on or about February 11). The top three highest scorers who attend the AMSA conference will be invited to compete live at the AMSA conference. The top scorer will receive Five Hundred U.S. Dollars ($500), the second highest scorer will receive Two Hundred and Fifty U.S. Dollars ($250), and the last place scorer will receive One Hundred U.S. Dollars ($100). If you win any of the prizes above, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address provided with your registration. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.

7.     More Information

For more information or questions about the Contest, email IHP at info[at]i-human[dot]com