“When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras.”
Are this year’s cases in the Gerald and Barbara Holzman Stump the Professors session unique zebras or more common horses? That’s what this year’s panel of four of the top medical professors in the United States will have to figure out during today’s event at 10:30 am in Hall D.
Junior Fellows present the most difficult cases from their files, providing the professors with the same information they had when dealing with the cases. The professors work together to come up with a diagnosis.
“It’s one of the most fun and best-attended sessions of the meeting,” said session moderator and General Program chair Laurie J. McKenzie, MD, FACOG, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Houston IVF. “It’s a more informal session, and audience members as they’re sitting there like to go through the differentials themselves to determine can they come up with a diagnosis themselves before the professors.”
If the professors come up with the correct diagnosis, they get a point. If the Junior Fellows stump the panel, they get a point. Through the years of this long-running event, Dr. McKenzie said, the results have been close. Last year, the Junior Fellows won 3-1, avenging a 3-1 defeat the previous year.
The professors will hear five cases this year. Dr. McKenzie said that Junior Fellows from across the United States submitted 46 cases to be a part of Stump the Professors. Of those, 25 were obstetrics cases, 14 were gynecology cases, and seven were combinations of oncology, urology or infertility cases.
This year’s diverse panel of professors includes a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, a gynecological oncologist, a generalist, and a reproductive endocrinologist.
“The format really lends itself well to people thinking on their feet, and the audience really likes to be able to think they can get the diagnosis along with the professors,” Dr. McKenzie said.