The inaugural “Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow?” contest on Sunday came down to the bonus question.
Neither team of esteemed physicians knew the answer to “What is the terminology for the random event occurring during gamete formation that occurs when a person receives two copies of a chromosome, or part of a chromosome, from one parent and no copies from the other parent?”
But Junior Fellow Sarah Easter, MD, from District I knew the answer: Uniparental disomy.
Unfortunately for both teams, it was the only time in the contest when the Junior Fellows could not help, so the young physicians team of Rajiv B. Gala, MD, FACOG, Ochsner Health Center—Baptist, New Orleans, and Luke A. Newton, MD, FACOG, San Antonio, held on and won a 15-12 decision against the veteran team of Norman F. Gant, Jr., MD, FACOG, Grapevine, TX, and Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, FACOG, Georgetown University School of Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Before the bonus questions, the teams looked to the 12 Junior Fellows joining them on stage for help on most of the questions asked by moderator and quiz-master Haywood L. Brown, MD, FACOG, Duke University, Durham, NC.
“You are the key to helping these teams win, and no matter what you’ve heard, winning matters,” Dr. Brown said.
The Junior Fellows didn’t disappoint, answering 11 of the 12 opening-round questions correctly.
The session followed the model of the television game show “Are You Smarter that a Fifth Grader?” and used CREOG-style questions in three categories: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Office Practice. Each question was graded in difficulty from PGY-1 to PGY-4, with teams scoring points based on the level of question.
The team of Drs. Gala and Newton rushed out to a 9-0 lead before the team of Drs. Gant and Iglesia rallied, answering the final three questions in a row before the final five-point bonus question. But it wasn’t enough from having to declare publicly at the end that they were not “Smarter than a Junior Fellow.”