A team of residents from Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark
took home first place in the American College of Physician’s medical
Jeopardy-style competition known as Doctor’s Dilemma over the weekend.
The Saint Michael’s team faced fierce competition from some of the
largest and most prestigious teaching hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.
During the competition, held at the ACP's Internal Medicine meeting
in Washington, D.C., Saint Michael’s prevailed over 50 teams from
states across the country, each representing an ACP chapter, as well as
teams from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and from Central America,
Canada, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Saint Michael's is the first team from New Jersey to win the competition
since it began 22 years ago. The Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia
won the last four years in a row.
The Saint Michael's team won the privilege of representing New Jersey's
chapter after it defeated teams from Newark Beth Israel, Atlanticare Health,
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in
the final round of state level competition in March.
“We commend the team on their extraordinary achievement,” said
Dr. Joseph R. DePasquale, chief academic officer and program director
of internal medicine at Saint Michael’s.
“Each member of the team demonstrated this weekend the same dedication
and commitment they have made to their professional development and patients
throughout their residency training,” Dr. DePasquale said. “They
are an outstanding group of men and women of whom we are very proud and
we thank them for their contribution to St. Michael’s continuing
legacy of graduate medical education excellence.”
An affiliate of New York Medical College, Saint Michael’s is one
of New Jersey’s leading teaching hospitals offering residencies
in anesthesia, internal medicine and podiatry, as well as fellowships
in cardiology, interventional cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology,
infectious disease, pulmonary and critical care.
Saint Michael’s was recently acquired by Prime Healthcare Services,
an award-winning national hospital system with 43 acute-care hospitals
in 14 states. Saint Michael’s is one of 11 teaching hospitals in
the Prime Healthcare family.
“As someone who values medical education as much as I do, I am so
proud of the residents of Saint Michael's who were on this team,”
said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, chairman, president and CEO of Prime
Healthcare Services, who donated $40 million recently to help launch a
medical school in California. “By winning the ACP's Doctor's
Dilemma, they have shown the outstanding quality of medical education
provided to young doctors at Saint Michael’s.”
The Saint Michael's team won an initial round on Thursday, a semifinal
round on Friday against ACP chapters from Tennessee, North Carolina, Central
America and south Texas.
In the final round, Saint Michael's faced teams from the University
of Indiana, the University of Pennsylvania and MedStar Health, representing Maryland.
“The success of our team reaffirms of the quality of the Internal
Medicine Program, its faculty and the institution's commitment to
our mission,” Dr. DePasquale said. “It is also a reflection
of the caliber of resident that Saint Michael's continues to attract
and has had the privilege to educate.”
The Saint Michael’s team consists of Dr. Ahmad AbuArqoub of Hackensack,
Dr. Amer Hawatmeh of Woodland Park, Dr. Sahitya Posimreddy of Harrison
and Dr. Parijat Sen and Dr. Nedal Matani, both of Newark.
“We were honored to represent Saint Michael’s and the state
of New Jersey in the national ACP competition,” Dr. Hawatmeh said.
“We entered the competition with a competitive spirit and enormous
expectations. Although intense, the competition was an enjoyable experience.
I’m proud to be a member of such a great team. We believed that
with enthusiasm and hard work, anything is possible. I would like to thank
my team members for their tremendous efforts and our faculty mentors for
their great support. It has been an incredible journey and once-in-a-lifetime
experience that we will never forget.”
The team took home a replica of the coveted “Osler Cup.” Their
names will be engraved in the original cup, which is housed at the American
College of Physicians’ boardroom in Philadelphia.
“ACP extends a hearty congratulations to Saint Michael’s Medical
Center in for winning the coveted Osler Cup in our Doctor's Dilemma
competition,” said Dr. Patrick Alguire, ACP's senior vice president
for medical education. “The high-stress and grueling competition
is designed to highlight the winning team's ability to quickly and
correctly answer questions in multiple specialty areas, including common
and esoteric medical topics.”