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Geisinger Medical Center Wins 2013 AAO-HNSF Academic Bowl

Academic Bowl.

From left: Matthew S. Voorman, MD, Brian D. D’Anza, MD, and Jenna W. Briddell, MD, of Geisinger Medical Center celebrate after securing their win in the 2013 AAO-HNSF Academic Bowl.

After more than 50 questions, the team from Geisinger Medical Center fought off the University of Michigan 185-180 to win the 2013 AAO-HNSF Academic Bowl.

The University of Missouri put up a strong fight, coming in third with 175 points, and Northwestern University came in fourth with 155 points.

“Clearly the contestants, the residents, are all bright, well educated, and represent both their institutions and the educational activity from the institutions quite well,” said Mark K. Wax, MD, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, who moderated the event.

For winning, the Geisinger team will receive a complimentary subscription to Home Study Course for two years. Second-place University of Michigan will receive it for one year.

The four participating academic programs were chosen based on their participation in the home study course during previous years.

The AAO-HNS Foundation Education Committee, the Coordinator for Education, and Foundation staff developed the questions, which were presented to both teams, which each had three residents, and the audience. An audience response system allowed observers to make their best guess for each question. Results were compiled electronically and displayed after everyone had 10 seconds to answer each question.

The goal of the Academic Bowl is to allow participating programs to showcase that they’re doing a good job of educating their residents in a variety of areas. Teams that win cannot participate for five years.

Questions covered otolaryngology, regulatory, billing, and general medicine topics.

An example of a question each team answered correctly asked “Tympanostomy tube insertion should be offered to children with A. Unilateral otitis media with effusion for 60 days with documented hearing difficulties; B. Unilateral otitis media with effusion for 90 days with an opaque tympanic membrane; C. Bilateral otitis media with effusion for 120 days with normal hearing and good quality of life; or D. Bilateral otitis media with effusion for 120 days with documented hearing difficulties.”

The answer was “D.”

While each team answered it correctly, so did 76 percent of the audience using their audience response systems. Dr. Wax said he was impressed with this year’s audience.

“Last year, from my recollection, the audience did not seem to have as many correct answers as this year,” he said. “The audience this year did a great job and I think the questions this year were just as difficult as last year. It probably means those who attended are just keeping up more.”

Brian D. D’Anza, MD, said he’s proud his team won the event.

“It was an exciting team competition and the whole team participated,” he said. “It was a real team win.”

Jenna W. Briddell, MD, said she and her two teammates studied different areas associated with the field of otolaryngology to attempt to just get third place.

“Our goal was to just not come in last,” she said. “But we’ll take first.”