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Residents At Einstein Hospital Working To Perfect Formula To Dominate Medical Jeopardy Tournament

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Coach Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz (foreground, right) doles out practice questions to three team members, medical residents Apostolos Perelas (l),  team captain Praveen Ramakrishnan (c) and Chitra Punjab (r) (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Coach Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz (foreground, right) doles out practice questions to three team members, medical residents Apostolos Perelas (l), team captain Praveen Ramakrishnan (c) and Chitra Punjab (r) (credit: John Ostapkovich)

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Medical dramas like “House” portray doctors as having to know every little thing, grand or obscure, about medicine. But there actually is such a place where that’s not only true, but fun…

“Infectious disease for 100.”

It’s called Medical Jeopardy or Doctor’s Dilemma, from the American College of Physicians, and the team of medical residents from Albert Einstein Hospital is trying to three-peat nationally. Coach Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz on the categories.

“It could be gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases,” Wykretowicz says. “It can be general internal medicine questions. There can be trivia questions. They can be medical history questions.”

Even a practice session is daunting as team captain Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan and two teammates try to best other physicians.

“I think that this brings out the best in an individual and also try to show that you can be a team player,” Ramakrishnan. “You get a real adrenal rush here. We put ourselves in jeopardy when we play Jeopardy.”

Dr. Wykretowicz says practices focus on two things…

“One: the new questions and the new catagories,” he says. “And the second thing we practice is teamwork, remind the teams that they have to discuss the question because sometimes your first hunch might not be the correct one.”

Dr. Ramakrishnan says one reason Einstein so good is…

“Southeastern Pennsylvania is the toughest division to beat and get through,” he says. “We’re constantly doing that for the last three years and so I think that’s more tougher than even the national, the intensity of the competition.”

The national final is in Orlando in April.

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