A team of residents from Saint Michael’s Medical Center will represent New Jersey in a national medical competition after winning first place in the state.
The Saint Michael’s team defeated teams from Newark Beth Israel, Atlanticare health, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in the final round of the New Jersey American College of Physician’s Doctor’s Dilemma competition, also known as Medical Jeopardy.
Members of Saint Michael's winning Medical Jeopardy team (from left to right): Parijat Sen, Ahmad AbuArqoub, Amer Hawatmeh, Nedal Matani, Sahitya Posimreddy.
The Saint Michael’s team will next represent the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Physicians at the national competition that takes place during the ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting in Washington, DC, from May 5-7.
“The success of our team is a credit to their determination and commitment to their own education and personal development, which they were able to maintain during times of significant change and uncertainty,” said Dr. Joseph R. DePasquale, chief academic officer and program director of internal medicine at Saint Michael’s.
The competition tests the medical knowledge of up to 50 teams, each representing an ACP chapter. After three days of competition, the winning team is awarded the coveted "Osler Cup" and is granted a place in ACP history.
“Our residents' accomplishments are a reflection of all that the Saint Michael’s Internal Medicine Program has to offer,” DePasquale said. “The success of our team is an affirmation of our mission to educate the next generation of physicians and is an outward example of the caliber of resident that Saint Michael’s has been able to attract and has had the privilege to educate.”
The Saint Michael’s team consists of Dr. Ahmad AbuArqoub of Hackensack, a graduate of Jordan University of Science & Technology, Dr. Amer Hawatmeh of Woodland Park, a graduate of the University of Jordan, Dr. Nedal Matani of Newark, also a graduate of the University of Jordan, Dr. Sahitya Posimreddy of Harrison, a graduate of Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences in India and Dr. Parijat Sen of Newark, a graduate of Calcutta Medical College in India.
“We were very happy about our accomplishment," said Dr. Hawatmeh. “It was all about team work, we worked hard to prepare and we were expecting to win. Being part of the team is a great learning experience. We are excited to represent Saint Michael’s and New Jersey at the national ACP competition in May.”
“We are proud of how these residents represented not only themselves, but the medical education program at Saint Michael’s,” said David Ricci, the president and CEO of Saint Michael’s. “At our core, we are a caring, resilient and focused community-based organization dedicated to the highest level of patient care and academic excellence.”
An affiliate of New York Medical College, Saint Michael’s is one of New Jersey’s leading teaching hospitals offering residencies in anesthesia, internal medicine and podiatry, as well as fellowships in cardiology, interventional cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, infectious disease, pulmonary and critical care.