What is a way to test res­i­dents’ knowl­edge?

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Ask any sur­geon to name the top three sur­geons in the na­tion, the old joke goes, and they’ll have trou­ble com­ing up with the other two names. But when the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons meets in Chicago this week, two-per­son res­i­dent and med­i­cal stu­dent teams will be able to pro­vide de­fin­i­tive proof of who is most knowl­edge­able.

Washington Univer­sity in St. Louis will be de­fend­ing its ti­tle against 23 other aca­demic med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions Oct. 7, in a three-hour Sur­gi­cal Jeop­ardy tour­na­ment.

Dr. Pa­tri­cia Turner, di­rec­tor of the ACS mem­ber ser­vices di­vi­sion, said res­i­dents’ grasp of sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, history and “es­o­teric” knowl­edge will be tested in the for­mat of the “Jeop­ardy!” tele­vi­sion quiz show, in which con­tes­tants give their an­swers in the form of a ques­tion.

Washington Univer­sity’s Dr. Do­minic San­ford, for ex­am­ple, com­mented last year that he was most proud of re­ply­ing to an “an­swer” on the ex­pla­na­tion for the char­ac­ter­is­tics of ten­sion within a fluid-filled ves­sel with “What is the law of Laplace?”

Turner noted that this year par­tic­i­pants may be quizzed about the pri­mary fuel sources of lym­pho­cytes and macrophages (What is glu­tamine?) or the sur­gi­cal method for com­bat­ing peri­toneal mesothe­lioma. (What is the Su­gar­baker tech­nique?)

She noted that the Sur­gi­cal Jeop­ardy tour­na­ments started 10 years ago as a way to learn out­side of the lec­ture hall, and to help lo­cal ACS chap­ters re­cruit res­i­dents.

“They come for the Jeop­ardy, but then be­come en­gaged in the life of the chap­ter,” Turner said.

Last year’s Sur­gi­cal Jeop­ardy tour­ney was won by a team from Washington Univer­sity.

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