AMR Education Challenge


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a global threat in many locations across the world. However, few educational resources focusing on AMR and clinical diagnostics exist. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop enhanced training resources for clinical health professionals and students focused specifically on AMR and clinical diagnostics. In light of our AMR/diagnostics clinical case challenge contest in 2018, we propose a second AMR open challenge contest. This will be similar to the previous contest in terms of focusing on AMR but will instead solicit individual multiple-choice questions (MCQs), infographics, and/or images related to AMR (with a preference for submissions that include clinical diagnostics). This new format will allow greater participation while facilitating dissemination through social media. Additionally, this contest will drive the expansion of open access resources focused on AMR and diagnostics, build new partnerships, and sustain interest in this critical field.

This challenge competition is primarily organized by the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) within the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). All questions about the competition, submissions, etc. should be sent to the following email:

               Target Group

This call is open to medical students, physicians, microbiologists, ID fellows, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, and other healthcare professionals across the world who are interested in AMR.

               Guidelines for Submissions

The purpose of this call is to gather MCQs, infographics, and/or images focused on AMR (with a preference for submissions that include clinical diagnostics). MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) are utilized to test factual knowledge and are often accompanied by a range of answers choices. Infographics are graphical and/or visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. An image is more general and can include any type of visual representation. These entries can be used to enhance online learning resources that will then be shared with health care providers and medical students.

All entries will be reviewed by an expert judging panel on the clarity of presentation, focus on AMR/diagnostics and potential for learning. Exceptional submissions will be further reviewed for incorporation into an AMR/diagnostic learning resource. 

             Format/requirements for submissions

1.     All submissions must be in English language  

2.     Any images, information, data, etc. that is adapted from a previously published source (journal articles, published works, etc.) must be clearly cited.

3.     Infographics and images must be accompanied by a brief explanatory caption (100 words max)

4.     MCQs must be accompanied by an explanation of the correct answer and the rationale behind why the other options are incorrect.

5.     When you submit, please specify what Learning Objective(s) your entries will address (see below in FAQs for our Learning Objectives)

6.     Please specify (if applicable) what the target audience of your entry is

7.     Entries must be in the form of an image, infographic, or MCQ and be related to AMR

8.     If you decide to submit multiple entries (i.e. a MCQ and an infographic or some other combination), please submit these entries separately when filling out the Submission form.


Participants can submit either individual MCQs, infographics, and images, or a combination of all three. For those submitting a combination of entries (such as an MCQ with an infographic or image), the entries do not necessarily have to be related, but can be. If you decide to submit an image or infographic, please include a small explanatory caption of up to 100 words.

              Criteria for Judging

Each submission will be screened independently for eligibility and merit. Judges will include experts in the field of infectious diseases, medicine, and public health.

l    Eligibility will be based on whether submissions conform to the requested format and on their addressing of one or more of the Learning Objects (see FAQs for more information on the Learning Objectives).

l    Submissions will be judged on relevance and effectiveness in increasing awareness of AMR/diagnostics and improving antimicrobial usage.

l    Finally, submissions will be judged on their perceived contribution to existing learning resources that can be shared with both medical professionals and students.

Please note: submissions can include any content related to AMR; however, we will give preference to submissions with a specific focus on clinical diagnostics. 




We will award 1000 USD in prizes and all final decisions will be made by the Steering Committee. Prizes for exceptional entries include Sanford guides, Amazon gift vouchers, Visa gift cards, iRobot Roomba, Kindle Paperwhite, and an Amazon ECHO. The top three entries will be awarded a fee waiver to publish their entries as a short communication in an open access peer-reviewed journal. Selected finalist entries will receive special recognition certificates and also have their submissions translated to Spanish and Portuguese languages and promoted via the Figure 1 platform.

                Submit your entries:

                    Click on the submit button below to upload your entries.


              Figure 1 is a global platform for healthcare professionals to share and discuss clinical cases. To submit to this contest on Figure 1, click on the figure 1 button.

              Upload a case with #amrcontest in the caption, and you'll be sent a short form to complete your submission.



What is a challenge competition and open contest?

Open contests and challenge competitions are ways in which the public is called upon to solve a problem via the solicitation of “ideas, images, or strategies.”


Who uses challenge competitions and open contests?

For our contest, the goal is to solicit submissions (MCQs, images and infographics) focused on AMR, with an emphasis on clinical diagnostics. Open contests are promising tools to stimulate innovation and creativity in health and science, and have been utilized by governments, private foundations, and other research institutions across the world.


What should be the focus of my entry?

Your submission should be able to address one or more of the following Learning Objectives on AMR listed in the table below:

What is my target audience?

Tailoring your MCQ, image, and/or infographic to a target audience is optional. For example, if you would like, you can cater your submission for just medical students; alternatively, the audience could broadly be anyone interested in learning more about AMR. However, please note that if your submission does indeed have a specific target audience, please include what that audience is in the Qualtrics Survey.



What should a strong MCQ, Infographic, and Image look like?

Strong submissions should clearly address the Learning Modules above. Additionally, the purpose of the case challenge is to solicit new ideas that can be added to existing resources on AMR and clinical diagnostics. As such, in order to spur creativity and innovation among participants, this call for submissions will not include a specific example of an MCQ, infographic, or Image. Please see “Criteria for Judging” to read more about what a strong submission should include. MCQs and infographics can focus on a number of questions: what is AMR? What are the causes and impact of AMR? How does it spread? Additionally, submission can include specific AMR/diagnostics data.


Tips for making an effective infographic and MCQ.

There are various software and online tools available for making infographics and other graphic designs. The Nielsen Norman group has compiled a list of suggestions associated with creating an effective infographic, which can be found here. Please note that these are merely practical tips, not requirements for creating the infographic. MCQs are used to test knowledge on a particular subject, and are typically accompanied by a range of possible answer choices. To read more about writing an effective MCQ, click here.


Why should I submit?

AMR is one of the most pressing public health concerns facing our world. Antibiotics and other antimicrobials have completely altered the landscape of modern medicine during the past century; however, the rise of AMR because of antimicrobial misuse and overuse threatens that progress. By participating, you will be contributing to the fight against AMR. Additionally, because your work will be seen by a panel of experts in this discipline, you will be able to tap into an existing network of AMR specialists and researchers. Finally, you will have the opportunity to win a Sanford Guide prize and other prizes.


How can I encourage my peers to join?

Participation in this challenge contest can be encouraged via in-person and social media mediums. In-person events include lectures, information sessions, and other community events. Social media can help raise awareness of the contest through an email and listserv, social media outlets and posts, text messages, and other online announcements.


Do I need to be a qualified medical physician to participate?

No—medical students, researchers, medical scientists, physicians, microbiologists, ID fellows, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, and all other healthcare professionals with an interest in AMR are all encouraged to participate in this challenge contest and submit their work.


Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes—you can submit as many entries as possible.




If you have any questions, please contact the challenge coordinator at


              Steering Committee Members

Rosanna Peeling (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Joseph Tucker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Jason Ong (Monash University), Christina Chang (Harvard Medical School), Jehan Budak (University of California, San Francisco), Noah Fongwen (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Till Bachmann (University of Edinburgh), Eneyi Kpokiri (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Megan Dolski (Figure 1, Toronto, Canada), Dan Wu (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)   


Figure 1, The international diagnostics centre at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, SESH and Dingxiangyuan.

Figure 1: Figure 1 is a platform through which medical providers, students, researchers, and other healthcare professionals can share and read medical cases. Through the sharing of cases, Figure 1 allows for the expansion of medical knowledge and advancement of healthcare services. Read more about Figure 1 here.