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4.06.2010

UM’s Palm Beach County Residency Program Qualifies for Regional Competition

Using quick minds, fast hands and their amazing breadth of knowledge, three physicians in the University of Miami at Florida Atlantic University Internal Medicine Residency Program won an American College of Physicians (ACP) contest that pitted internal medicine residents from three Florida programs against each other in a “Jeopardy-like” game of medical facts and figures.

“It feels great because our residency program is still new and this gives us some attention,” says Bharath Palraj, M.D., a member of the UM at FAU team that won the first level of the ACP’s Doctors’ Dilemma contest, besting the UM/Jackson and Mount Sinai residency programs. “It also says what we’re getting here is solid medical education.”

Palraj and teammates Fredy Chapparo Rojas, M.D., and Sherene Alexander, M.D., will continue practicing and hosting friendly competitions with colleagues while they prepare for the state contest in the fall. Besting other Florida teams would then catapult the UM at FAU team, coached by Himangi Kaushal, M.D., associate program director of the internal medicine residency, to the national finals at the ACP conference next year.

Palraj also won first place in a poster competition at the event, the 2010 ACP Florida Associates meeting, held at Orlando Regional Medical Center March 27 and 28. Palraj won for his poster “Disseminated Histoplasmosis Responsive to Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole in an AIDS Patient.”

Frederick Williams, M.D., director of the internal medicine residency program, said the residents’ performance “is a strong commentary on the quality of the residents we are recruiting to the Palm Beach County program. We are very proud.”

Among medical students, UM at FAU third-year student Erin Fender won third place for her poster “Concurrent Evans Syndrome and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: A Case Report.”

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