This group of residents’ knowledge of medicine makes them the best in the state.
What is the Sinai Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Medical Jeopardy team?
For the first time, this team of four Sinai Hospital internal medicine residents won the state championship award for Medical Jeopardy at the Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City in February.
Second-year resident Manish Arora, M.D., intern Anupama Doraiswamy, M.D., intern Pritam Neupane, M.D. and third-year resident Ranjani P. Ramanathan, M.D., are all headed to San Diego in April to compete in the American College of Physicians’ national Medical Jeopardy competition, Doctor’s Dilemma, which takes place during the organization’s annual conference.
This is the first time that Sinai residents have won such an award.
At Sinai, there’s a monthly game of Medical Jeopardy for the 59 internal medicine residents, which is a chance for self-analysis, assessment and learning among the residents, Dr. Gambert says.
Medical Jeopardy is similar to the game show “Jeopardy!” in format. Questions are sorted into categories, and the answer must be phrased in the form of a question. Contestants must buzz in to answer, but are allowed to confer as a team. “Part of it is knowledge, and part of it is strategizing,” Dr. Neupane says.
This was Dr. Ramanathan’s third year as a contestant at the state level, so she was happily surprised when they won. “I was not very hopeful,” she says. “It was luck and strategy.”
Warren Green, CEO of LifeBridge Health, says the first-place finish at the state competition reflects the prestige of Sinai Hospital.
“This is a terrific achievement, and I am extremely proud and happy for Dr. Gambert and the entire department,” he says.
American College of Physicians Director of Education and Career Development Patrick Alguire, M.D., says the national championship has become a “high point” of the conference.
“We find that the competition is intense. The advantage for the residents is that they do study for this, and it helps them prepare for their certification examinations,” he says.
Each day, the team members spend a half-hour studying in preparation for the tournament.
“We go over the questions and topics, and we plan to do that for the next six weeks,” Dr. Arora says.
No matter what happens, the team is excited to be headed to San Diego.
“It’s a great honor, and I’m proud to represent the program,” Dr. Doraiswamy says.
It is a banner year for Sinai Hospital residents and staff. Eugenio Cingolani, M.D., won the 2006 ACP Associates meeting 1st place research oral presentation award. Dr. Cingolani, a second-year Internal Medicine resident, plans to pursue the field of cardiology.
At the ACP conference, Dr. Gambert will be inducted into Mastership, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a physician. Masters are a small group of distinguished physicians who have achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting preeminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine.
Robert T. Chow, M.D., head of the Division of –General Internal Medicine at Sinai, also will be honored at the ACP conference as he receives the 2007 Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Educator.