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  • Team Einstein Breaks All-Time Record -- Victorious Six Times at National Medical Jeopardy Competition

    Published: 04/17/2014


    A team of medical residents from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia has accomplished what no team has done before, by winning the prestigious national championship in the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) medical jeopardy-style competition called “Doctor’s Dilemma™” for the sixth time. Team Einstein has been to the national tournament seven times, and won in 1997, 1998, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014. At this year’s competition, Team Einstein beat 40 teams from across the country, including teams representing the Air Force, Navy and Army, as well as from Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Canada, to achieve their third consecutive win.

    Of the 40 teams competing, 16 teams advanced to the semi-finals and four teams advanced to Final Jeopardy, including Team Einstein, St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the University of Alabama Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

    During the three-day competition, teams were asked dozens of questions pertaining to general internal medicine, as well as gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, and other subspecialty areas. In the championship match, Team Einstein headed into Final Jeopardy with a slim ten-point lead over the other three remaining teams. The Final Jeopardy category was Neurology and the final clue was: Cause of cognitive disturbance and “magnetic gait”? Fortunately, one of Einstein’s team members learned about this condition from an Einstein teaching physician, so Einstein was the only team with the correct answer: What is normal pressure hydrocephalus?

    Just like an athletic competition, members of Team Einstein “train” all year and hold practice sessions. Team members say that being part of the team is a terrific learning experience and since medicine is constantly changing, competing in the tournaments improves their knowledge and keeps them on their toes.

    To qualify for the national tournament, Team Einstein first won the regional Doctor’s Dilemma Competition at the American College of Physicians’ Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeastern Regional Meeting, beating nine internal medicine teams. Team Einstein then went on to win the state championship for the third consecutive year which was a face-off between Team Einstein as the Southeastern Pennsylvania winner and Reading Hospital representing the Eastern Pennsylvania ACP Region, and Allegheny Hospital representing the Western Pennsylvania ACP region.

    Team Einstein will be awarded a replica of the Osler Cup, a longstanding tradition given to the winners by the American College of Physicians. This year’s replica will join the others which are housed in a display case in the Department of Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. The original Osler Cup with engraved names of each year’s winners resides at the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

    Photo (shown left to right): Jedrzej Wykretowicz, MD, PhD (Team Coach & Chief Resident, holding Franek, “the youngest member of the team”), Apostolos Perelas, MD (Resident Team Member), Chitra Punjabi, MD (Resident Team Member), Guillermo Garrido Rosa, MD (Former Team Captain & Coach), Praveen Ramakrishnan Gheetakumari, MD (Resident Team Member & Captain), Jean Bustamante Alvarez, MD (Resident Team Member), Mildred Garcia Rodriquez, MD (Gastroenterology Fellow), and Steven Sivak, MD, FACP, The Paul J. Johnson Chairman, Department of Medicine.

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