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Residents, Experienced ENTs To Compete in Academic Bowl

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Attend the Academic Bowl from 10:00 am-11:30 am today in Ballroom C4.

Teams from four university residency training programs will vie for bragging rights during the Academic Bowl from 10:00 am-11:30 am today in Ballroom C4. This ninth annual competition will feature audience participation, giving teams of residents the chance to compete against each other, but also against experienced otolaryngologists, and vice versa.

“The Academic Bowl is an excellent education activity because it brings residents and practicing otolaryngologists together. There is intense interest, with everyone riveted to the questions and actively participating in the answers,” said moderator Mark K. Wax, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of the Otolaryngology Residency Program at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.

The residents “are at the top of their games,” he said, so practicing otolaryngologists in the audience will be to able to see if their current level of knowledge matches up across a wide range of topics, determine areas where they are strong, and learn if they need to refocus in weak areas of knowledge.

The Academy uses a stringent academic vetting process, which looks at how residents perform on the AAO-HNSF Home Study Course, to determine which four resident teams will be invited to compete in the Academic Bowl. This year’s teams of three residents each are from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, New York; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Louisville, KY; and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Subject matter experts from eight AAO-HNSF education committees generate the questions, which are audited by the committee chairs and Dr. Wax. Of the 80 or so questions submitted, Dr. Wax uses about 45, along with accompanying references, commentary, photos, and graphics, during the Academic Bowl.

After the questions are presented, the resident teams and audience members have 10 seconds to respond. Responses are compiled electronically, and the correct responses for the resident teams and the audience are posted. The resident team with the highest score at the end of the competition will be declared the winner.

“The questions are usually scientifically and clinically based, but it’s my nature to try to include some levity,” Dr. Wax said of this interactive competition.

The AAO-HNSF awards travel grants to the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & EXPOSM for the competing residents. The winning team receives a free subscription to the Home Study Course.