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Shown Left to Right: Steven Sivak, MD, FACP, Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, Patrick Alguire, Guillermo Garrido Rosa, MD (team member holding the Osler Cup); Jedrzij Wykrelowicz, MD (team member), Riyaj Kasekar, MD (Chief Resident and team coach), Praveen Ramakrishnan, MD (team member), and Glen Eiger, MD, FACP.
PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 2012 – A team of residents from the Department of Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia won the prestigious national championship in the American College of Physicians’ medical jeopardy-style competition called "Doctor’s Dilemma".™ Team Einstein beat 31 teams from across the country at the American College of Physicians’ national scientific meeting recently held in New Orleans.
To qualify for the national tournament, Team Einstein first won the regional Doctor’s Dilemma Competition at the American College of Physicians’ Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Regional Meeting. Eleven internal medicine teams participated, including teams from the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Abington Memorial Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, and others. With a win at the regional level, Team Einstein then competed at the Pennsylvania state championship and defeated teams from Lehigh Valley and West Penn Allegheny.
During the three-day national competition, teams were asked dozens of questions pertaining to general medicine as well as gastroenterology, endocrinology, rheumatology, hematology, and other clinical areas. The final question which clinched Einstein’s victory was: What is the type of arthritis that involves first carpal-metacarpal joint resulting in “squaring” at the base of the thumb? The Einstein winning answer: Osteoarthritis.
Team Einstein was awarded a replica of the Osler Cup, a longstanding tradition given to the winners by the American College of Physicians. The original Osler Cup with engraved names of each year’s winners resides at the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Einstein’s Department of Medicine Residency is the only program in the country to win this award four times and has been victorious four of the five times they qualified for the national competition. Team Einstein won in 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2012.