In lieu of grand rounds this morning, we held our annual Jeopardy contest which pits the somewhat aggressive attendings (and CRNAs) against a coterie of anesthesiology residents. The attendings were the defending champions.
The anesthesia trivia came fast and furious. Julia, one our our chiefs, was our team captain, and she did a great job being nimble with the buzzer. Our star team member was Al, who, if not known for his reticence, is encyclopedic in his knowledge of trivia, both useful and otiose. Our strong performance in the first round elicited a rather whiny jeremiad from the attendings which addressed the faulty score-keeping, the glare on the screen, and the inequality of the buzzers.
The faculty came back strong during Double Jeopardy. My only contribution in this round was the confident pronouncement, “Who is Sir Christopher Wren?” to question the anwer, “This person took time off from designing Saint Paul’s Cathedral to experiment with intravenous injections in dogs.”
After being neck in neck, we pulled ahead at the end and led by a couple thousand points. A strong lead, but by no means indomintable coming into Final Jeopardy.
Both teams made their wagers, and then the prompt appeared, “This year Virginia Apgar published her APGAR scale for neonate evaluation, and Watson and Crick published their evidence for the double-helical structure of DNA.” In a move meant at least partly for intimidation, I instantly jumped up and whispered in Julia’s ear. She nodded, wrote down our question, and submitted it. The attendings, meanwhile, deliberated for a couple minutes before turning in their question.
“1952…wrong,” read the moderator. “The attendings lose 3000 points.” And then, to my relief, 1953 turned out to be correct. Thank you, college genetics professor who made us read The Double Helix!