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USF medical residents get triple win at this year’s ACP competition

Residents from USF won the three major competitions at the annual Associates meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Florida Chapter, which met in Orlando, FL, on March 23-25, 2012.

The USF team won in the poster competition, the oral competition and the medical jeopardy competition, a triple win that puts USF in a national spotlight, said Joe Lezama, MD, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and chief of medicine at the James A. Haley VA Hospital.

“It was a huge day for USF at this meeting,” Dr. Lezama said. “And winning all three areas, well, this is the first time I have ever seen a program in my 15 years do so. To see it with my own eyes and it be USF is so special. Everyone needs to congratulate our amazing residents.”

Dr. Joe Lezama and his winning USF team

From left are Kim Kolkhorst, Kellee Oller, Joe Lezama, Jesal Popat, Brian Coe and Vadin Lall Das.

Dr. Lezama has “coached” the USF teams for 13 years, having trained both internal medicine residents and medical students who participate in the annual medical jeopardy competitions sponsored by the ACP. Under his guidance and enthusiasm, USF teams have won six resident jeopardy state titles, one national medical student jeopardy competition, and finished in the top 8 four times in the national resident jeopardy competition.

“I am so proud of the residents and their coach; another great job,” said Allan Goldman, MD, professor and chair of the USF Department of Internal Medicine.

At this year’s ACP Associates’ competitions, medicine resident Jesal Popat won first place out of 20 presenters in the oral presentation. His winning project was titled “Sudden Cardiac Death: A Possible Link to a Popular Herbal Remedy?”  Dr. Maya Guglin of USF Health served as his faculty mentor and medical resident Alberto Sabucedo was a contributing author.

Medicine resident Kim Kolkhorst won first place place out of 30 presenters in the poster session. Her winning poster was titled “Priapism – An Unusual Presentation of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis.” Dr. Patrick Brady of USF Health served as her faculty mentor.

And the winning medical jeopardy team, having correctly identified several diagnostic images and correctly answered a broad range of questions relating to internal medicine, included Kellee Oller, Brian Coe and Vadin Lall Das.

In describing the competition, medical resident Kellee Oller said “The USF team of Vadin, Brian, and myself won a close game battling the current FL State Champions (UF – Jacksonville) who are playing at nationals next month.”

Although the USF medical residents finished with the highest score in winning the jeopardy competition, they will face the two second highest “wild card” scores this fall for the right to attend the 2013 National ACP Doctors Dilemma Competition. Their opponents will be the residents from University of Miami program and the residents from Florida Atlantic University program.