Medical Jeopardy Game
Jeopardy is a beloved game show on TV where contestants are provided with specific topic-based clues in the form of an answer. Responses must, however, be phrased in the form of a question to gain the necessary credit points (awarded as a dollar amount). A wrong guess results in the contestant losing the number of points equal to the clue’s value. Watch a short video of this game show.
This jeopardy parody game (Jeoparody) comes with a slight twist, in that contestants will be provided with clue-based questions and will be required to provide correct responses or answers to those questions. Similar to the original Jeopardy game, a wrong response results in negative points equal to the value of the clue.
Team building in a learning environment that fosters cooperation (through negotiation and persuasion) is essential for medical trainees. This jeopardy parody game is an effective training tool for medical trainees. Try the various game templates from history, practice guidelines, clinical trials, physiology, pharmacology and, physical examination. We welcome contributions. All the files are in PowerPoint format
- You may play individually or in groups (we suggest a maximum of 3 groups). You may flip a coin or use a random generator app to determine who starts the game.
- Allow the teams to pick a category and point value (the corresponding dollar amount).
- The host will then click on the chosen box and read out the question.
- The contestant (or team) must provide the correct answer to the question or incur a point deduction based on the clue category. To make it a more fun experience, we have embedded the trademark jeopardy tune (to last approximately 30 seconds). The individual or team will have 30 seconds to guess the correct answer.
- If the original team answers correctly, they will have another chance to attempt a new point value in any category of their choosing.
- If the answer is incorrect, opposing teams will have a chance to “steal” the correct answer. In order to prevent confusion, if teams are arranged as 1-2-3, and team 1 get’s it wrong, team 2 will be next in line to either pass up the chance or attempt the question. If team 2 passes up the chance to team 3 and team three also passes up the chance or get’s it wrong, the host will reveal the correct answer.
- Write the points directly on a white board for all to see. The host should appoint an official scorekeeper to keep track of points.
- The host should have the master template with all correct responses. We suggest using the “catchy audibles” in making this highly interactive. If the response is correct, you may click the “cheer button” before clicking the GO TO RESPONSE link. Alternatively, the “boo button” if the response is wrong. This promotes a more interactive and fun learning experience for all involved.
- Click the “HOME” icon at the bottom of the slide to return to the main jeopardy board.
- Specific point values disappear after each question is attempted.
- Continue until all questions have been answered. The team or individual with the most points (dollar amount) wins the game.
Additional Game Rules
“Game etiquette” is shown in slide 3, highlight this slide before commencement of the game, to allow all participants to acquaint themselves with the rules and expectations of Jeopardy.
A random question is designated double jeopardy and is twice its worth in point value. For example, a $200 dollar amount will be worth $400 if it is a double jeopardy. This will only be revealed on the response slide after the correct answer is provided.
Once all main categories have been completed, all teams will play final jeopardy. Teams will be given 30 seconds to write down the correct answer to the final jeopardy question. Correct answers earn point additions and incorrect answers, point deductions. Teams can leave their sheets blank, this will not result in any point deduction or addition.
A buzzer for a jeopardy game can add excitement and make the game more challenging. It can also be used as a learning tool. When the buzzer goes off, it means that the person who hit the buzzer first gets to answer the question. The person who hits the buzzer first gets an advantage over the others because they have more time to think about their answer. This can be used as a learning tool because it encourages people to think quickly and to come up with answers on the spot. It also makes people more alert and attentive when they are playing the game. A buzzer can make a jeopardy game more exciting, challenging, and educational.
We adapted and modified the original work of Reid at Youth Downloads. You may visit his website to support his contribution to medical education.