Internal Medicine residents headed to Doctors Dilemma National Championship

Published: September 16, 2011 By: Matt Galnor

A team of University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville residents will move onto the national Doctors Dilemma competition after taking the state title this month.

Chandrikha Chandrasekharan, M.D., Vishal Jaikaransingh, M.D., and Reshma Ramlal, M.D., won the finals at the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) conference in St. Pete Beach.

The competition is the ACP's version of medical Jeopardy and is played the same way as the popular television game show. Nine teams representing the other Internal Medicine Residencies in Florida competed in the spring and this past weekend for the final spot in the national competition.

The team of Chandrasekharan, Jaikaransingh and Ramlal is the first from the UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville to make the national finals and helps boost the college's profile in the academic community, said Jeffrey G. House, D.O. assistant professor and program director of the college's Internal Medicine Residency.

"We are really proud of their success, and how it reflects not only their intelligence and hard work, but how well our residents can work as a team," House said.

The UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville team defeated Florida Hospital and University of Miami – Regional Campus in the state finals.

The national ACP conference will be in New Orleans next April. The ACP has more than 132,000 members and is the second largest medical group in the country.

"This achievement shows the quality of our residents and the program," said Arshag D. Mooradian, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.

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