Boonshoft School of Medicine students win statewide contest

Photo of three students with medals

Medical students (l–r) Paul Blair, Tom Bacon and Kate Baker won the Doctor’s Delimma contest.

Three fourth-year medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine won the statewide student Doctor’s Dilemma® contest at the 2012 Ohio Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) on Oct. 25, in Columbus.

Tom Bacon, Kate Baker and Paul Blair competed against other medical student teams from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. The Ohio chapter of the ACP awarded them medals.

Doctor’s Dilemma® is a medical jeopardy competition. Each year, internal medicine residency programs throughout the state form teams to compete at the Ohio ACP conference. This is the first year the Ohio ACP has offered Doctor’s Dilemma® to medical students.

The questions test medical students’ knowledge on uncommon or rare syndromes in internal medicine. “Knowing the correct answer is important, but being able to buzz in before other teams is equally as important,” Bacon said. “Sometimes you have to buzz in off of a few key words before they finish the question. Otherwise another team will beat you to it.”

Glen Solomon, M.D., chair and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program director at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, applauded their victory. “It shows how academically prepared Wright State medical students are compared with their peers at other medical schools,” Solomon said. “On virtually any measure, our students are at the top of their profession. Winning a statewide contest just helps to validate the exceptional quality of our medical students.”

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