Internal Medicine Medical Jeopardy Team represents BCM nationally

June 1, 2012

From left, Dr. Wilson Lam, Dr. Premal Lulla, Dr. Prathit Kulkarni and Dr. Salman Bandeali
From left, Dr. Wilson Lam, Dr. Premal Lulla, Dr. Prathit Kulkarni and Dr. Salman Bandeali

Question: The student team that roared through the medical jeopardy competition with success. Answer: Who is Baylor College of Medicine's internal medicine team?

The BCM internal medicine team – residents Dr. Premal Lulla, Dr. Prathit Kulkarni and Dr. Salman Bandeali – had a successful run through the medical jeopardy competition. Similar to the long-running television quiz show, the competition tests participants' knowledge while requiring they answer in the form of a question.

The BCM team won first place at the Texas Regional American College of Physicians Associates Day competition in Houston and then moved on to the Texas Statewide American College of Physicians and the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine competitions in Austin and New Orleans, respectively, where they also took first place.

The trio moved on to the highly selective National American College of Physicians tournament, dubbed Doctor's Dilemma, which is held each year at the annual scientific internal medicine meeting. It pits teams against one another in a battle to final jeopardy. Up to 40 teams of residents from around the nation compete for the coveted title of national champion.

During the three-day national competition, teams were asked dozens of questions pertaining to general medicine as well as gastroenterology, endocrinology, rheumatology, hematology and other clinical areas.

The Baylor team quickly advanced through several preliminary rounds to the final four championships. Although they missed getting the first place prize this time, they have brought attention and recognition to Baylor College of Medicine on a national stage. Congratulations to the Baylor Internal Medicine Jeopardy Team!

The team was coached by Dr. Wilson Lam, a clinical postdoctoral fellow in the department of medicine – cardiology.