The Clinical Mind Competition aims to develop clinical reasoning and teamwork, testing knowledge, and encouraging learning.

‍It consists of the presentation of a clinical case by Prof. Dr Lisa Sanders. The questions are made in real-time during the congress and scores are awarded.

In the end, the winning team (of 2 participants) will get the opportunity to go on an internship in an international cooperation mission in Africa and the chance to participate in the project “Saúde para Todos” with medical teams from Instituto Marquês Valle Flôr. 

For further information please read the Rules of Procedure

Clinical Case provided and presented by

Dr. Lisa Sanders

Medical Consultant of "House, MD"

Dr. Lisa Sanders is a clinician educator in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her work as a physician and teacher, she writes the popular Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine and the Think Like a Doctor column featured in the New York Times blog, The Well. Her column was the inspiration for the Fox program House MD (2004-2012) and she served as a consultant to the show. In 2010 published a book titled Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. Currently she is collaborating with the New York Times on an 8 hour documentary series on the process of diagnosis, currently available on Netflix.


Who can participate?

New informations soon. Stay tuned on our social media!

Are only clinical year students allowed to participate?

No. Any medical student who is a participant of the iMed Conference can participate. However, please note that the questions will be mostly based on clinical reasoning, and they will be the same for all participants, regardless of their curricular year.

How and when can I register?

New informations soon. Stay tuned on our social media!

What are the prizes?

The winning team will be awarded a two-week internship in an international cooperation mission in Africa and will participate in the project “Saúde Para Todos” with medical teams from “Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr” (IMVF).
The 1st runner-up and 2nd runner ups will be awarded subscriptions to Educational Platforms.

iMed Conference 13.0 Clinical Mind Competition Winners

1st place: Rui Gomes e Aisha Ahmad

2nd place: Sara Serra e Diana Nogueira

3rd place: Mariana Fonseca e Quirina Ferro

The Fundação AstraZeneca Innovate Competition is part of the iMed Conference® Lisbon 2022. Every year, the iMed Conference® encourages young students and scientists to present their work and findings to a panel of renowned scientists and our participants.

The winning projects in Basic and Translational Research will be awarded a Research Grant, of a total value of 8 000 €.

This year’s submission period is now open.


Can I enrol in this competition?

If you are an undergraduate college or master’s degree student and you are involved in a scientific research project in life sciences and have plenty of innovative ideas, then this competition is for you!

What do I need to send for my application?

In order to participate in this competition, you must read the Rules of Procedure, as well as the models for the documents needed to apply here. The abstract can be submitted by one or two students. You can submit your abstract between February 6th and March 26th!

And send your application here.

  • A structured abstract of your research project in English, with a maximum of 500 words (references excluded) following the format:
    1. Keywords
    2. Introduction
    3. Material and Methods
    4. Results
    5. Discussion
    6. Conclusion
  • Proof of high education enrollment for the academic year of 2020/2021 (in digital format: PDF, PNG or JPEG);
  • Letter of recommendation signed by the person in charge of your research project. It must state that, should your project win the Fundação AstraZeneca Innovate Competition, your research group will commit to embrace the realization of your idea (in digital format: PDF, PNG or JPEG);
  • Informed Consent signed by every co-author;
  • Declaration of eventual conflicts of interest;
  • Signed Term of Responsability;
  • Email and phone number at which you can be contacted

For further information please read the documents in this folder or contact us at

iMed Conference 13.0 Innovate Competition Winners

Basic Research

Oral: Leonor Lameira

Poster: Miguel Costa

Translational Research

Oral: Ana Oliveira

Poster: Adriana Capucho

The iPitch gives its participants the opportunity to win an internship with speakers from previous editions of the iMed Conference. For this, the participants are invited to elaborate a self-promotion pitch directed at one of the internships available.

The Pitch Checklist

  • Must be in video format (.wmv, .mp4, .avi)
  • In English
  • Should not exceed 3 minutes

What you should send to our email (

  • The Pitch
  • Some kind of Proof of High Education Enrolment for the academic year of 2021/2022
  • The desired internship (clinical or research)
  • Phone number
  • Email

The Internship

The iPitch awards winners with an internship programme, in a renowned European Centre, hosted by a speaker of a previous edition of the iMed Conference® with the duration of 2 weeks. The programme offers either Clinical or Research background, depending on the host’s field of work.

This year’s lucky winners will have the opportunity to win an internship with one of these hosts!

Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart, MD, PhD

Professor Andrew Hart is a Consultant Hand Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon at the renowned Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow and in the Scottish National Brachial Plexus Service.

His subspecialty remit includes hand/peripheral nerve surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. His private practice includes skin surgery, facial, breast and abdominal cosmetic surgery.

Bradley Nelson

Bradley Nelson, PhD

Bradley Nelson is a Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich, where his research focuses on microrobotics and nanorobotics, with emphasis on their applications in Biomedicine.

He was named in 2005 to the “Scientific American 50” and his lab is in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for the “Most Advanced Mini Robot for Medical Use”.

The Pitch

The Pitch must be in video format (.wmv, .mp4, .avi), in English, and should not exceed 3 minutes. It must be sent to The submission period starts on February 25th and ends on April 16th. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Along with the video, participants must send Proof of High Education Enrolment for the academic year of 2020/2021, desired internship placement, as well as their email and phone number at which they can be contacted.

You may find the Rules of Procedure of the iPitch competition, as well as the models for the documents needed to apply here. If you have any questions or require more information, please send an email to:

iPitch FAQ'S

What are some examples of content for the video?

A pitch consists of a 3-minute oral presentation, in English, with no audiovisual support, intended for the receiving host, and whose purpose is to convey why he/she is the right person for the internship. The pitch should include important content such as:

1 – Personal introduction;
2 – Motivations – Why is the internship with this host important for you?;
3 – Qualifications – Why should the host choose you?;
4 – Be creative! The following suggestions are merely for orientation and to serve as examples of what you might choose to talk about: What are you passionate about or describe your ideal career path;
5 – Closing remarks.

What are we looking for?

Your content should reflect specific objectives, answering the main appointed questions. Your answers should be relevant and exact regarding the internship. Motivation is something hosts hold dearly and as such should also be taken into account.

As to clarity, a fluent and coherent pitch with appropriate vocal placement and pronunciation is generally essential to convey your message.

Charismatic pitches are a sure way to grab attention so be sure to look confident and decisive. Creativity is valued since you’ll be competing with many others for the same internship. Also, don’t forget to be careful with your body language.

Can I apply to both?

Each Pitch may only be directed at a single internship vacancy. In case the participant intends to apply for both vacancies, two different pitch submissions are required. Preference of internship must be appointed as the applicant may only win one internship. In case both submissions pass to the final phase, in Jury B, only the preferred destination may be presented.

What are the accepted video formats and what email adress should I send it to?

The accepted video formats will be .wmv, .mp4, and .avi. You must send the video to

What happens next?

After submission, the video will be assessed by Jury A, responsible for finding the 5 best videos for each internship, subject to the Host’s approval. Three of these will pass on to the final competition, on the iMed Conference ®, where you’ll have to present your pitch to the audience and jury B, in charge of rewarding the winning pitches, one for each internship.

When will the internship take place?

The start date of the internship will be decided according to both the student’s and the Host’s availability.

Can the internship duration be extended?

The duration of the internship is by default two weeks, however, its extent may be subject to change as long as both parties involved, the Host and the participant, agree with such terms.

iMed Conference 13.0 iPitch Competition Winners

Clinical Internship

Laura Lopes

Research Internship

Sara Mota