A new competition this year pits two pairs of ACOG Fellows against each other in a head-to-head knowledge competition with a hitch — each team’s only lifeline is a group of the best and brightest Junior Fellow “classmates.”
“Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow?” starts at 10:30 am today in Hall D of the Moscone Convention Center and is a twist on the television game show “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” In the ACOG version, two Young Physicians will square off against two more senior ACOG Fellows. Each team will take turns answering two rounds of CREOG-style questions in the categories of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Office Practice, graded by difficulty from PGY-1 to PGY-4, followed by a third round with a final challenge question.
If the teams struggle to answer a question, they’ll want to swallow their pride and turn to the panel of Junior Fellow “classmates” for help. These 12 Junior Fellows — one from each ACOG district — will follow along with the competition and be ready to save the day at a moment’s notice.
ACOG Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council Chair Amanda Kallen, MD, FACOG, said that events such as “Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow” highlight Junior Fellows, who make up about a fifth of ACOG’s membership.
“Junior fellows are the future of ACOG in terms of leadership, enthusiasm, and involvement, and this event is just one of many ways for us to showcase who we are and all the great things that we are capable of,” Dr. Kallen said.
The event builds off of the well-received “Gerald and Barbara Holzman Stump the Professors” event that showcases Junior Fellows trying to baffle Fellows with difficult and challenging cases. The goals for both Stump the Professors and this year’s new event are to make sure both the participants and audience have fun.
But while everybody has a good time — except maybe the team that fails to come out on top, which has to admit to the crowd that they are not “smarter than a Junior Fellow” — there will be plenty of learning taking place, too.
“While the questions are designed to be Junior Fellow-level questions, certainly some of the questions will be more difficult than others, so we hope the audience will feel like they had a learning experience at the end of it,” Dr. Kallen said.