Residents Win Surgical Jeopardy

Jeopardy winnersModerator Mark Bowyer, MD, FACS, awards a plaque to Washington University general surgery residents Paul Evans, MD, left, and Joshua Sommovilla, MD, winners of the 2014 Surgical Jeopardy contest.For the second time in three years, two Washington University general surgery residents have won the Surgical Jeopardy contest held at the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Fifth-year surgery resident Paul Evans, MD, PhD, and lab resident Joshua Sommovilla, MD, competed against teams from 23 other residency programs in the contest, held at the ACS Clinical Congress in San Francisco on Oct. 26-30, 2014. The game is modeled after the Jeopardy television show and tests the general and specialty surgery knowledge of residents. The questions are wide-ranging and challenging – for example, showing a video of an operation and asking what operation is being shown – and winnows the number of teams down through several rounds. In 2012, Washington University general surgery residents also won the national competition at the ACS Clinical Congress held in Chicago.
The residency program chose Evans and Sommovilla to participate because they had the two highest scores in the Washington University General Surgery residency on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE).

“It’s a little stressful because it’s hard to know what the categories are going to be and what they are going to ask you,” says Evans. “Collectively, we seemed to know the answers to a lot of questions. Like the TV game, there was also a lot of strategy involved.”

Ultimately, their wagering strategy helped Evans and Sommovilla to overcome the three other teams in “Final Jeopardy” in the championship round, outscoring all other teams in the competition by more than 8,700 points.