On November 13, 2023, at the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Rehabilitation named after Tusupova D.M., under the guidance of assistants Imanmadieva D.M. and Kapanova A.A., a debate tournament was held among interns-pediatricians of 601 and 701 groups on the topic: “Multivitamins: pros and cons.”
Parents often ask pediatricians to prescribe multivitamins to their children to increase immunity, “so that the child is less sick,” or to recommend the most effective and safe ones. In order not to harm the patient, it is necessary to study the issue well, weigh all the pros and cons.
The members of the two teams, each of which consisted of three people, prepared two cases on a given topic in advance: one is affirmative, the other is negative. Which option the team will get was determined on the day of the debate by drawing lots. During the debate tournament, two teams performed alternately. The choice of accents, aspects within the topic was different, but the more reliance on facts, statistics, evidence-based medicine (UpToDate, PubMed and others), to which students of our university have free access, the more significant the argument was. As a result of the discussion of the problem, it was concluded that the use of multivitamins in children is not scientifically proven.
The jury evaluated the speech of each speaker on a 10-point scale according to the following criteria:
-culture of communication
-persuasiveness of arguments
-fluency in the material.
Debates develop the skills of discussion and analysis, which is especially important for future doctors. We are sure that participation in the debate tournament enriched interns-pediatricians with knowledge and helped them to form an informed view on the issue of children’s health.