Wednesday, May 9, 2012

University of Texas at Houston Wins APA's MindGames

1. Atomoxetine is a selective reuptake inhibitor of what neurotransmitter?
2. Grapefruit juice inhibits this enzyme in the gut leading to higher levels of some medications.

Know the answers? (1. norepinephrine, 2. cytochrome P450). Those were just two of the questions residents from New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus), the University of Texas at Houston, and New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)/New York State Psychiatric Institute answered during this year’s MindGames competition at APA’s annual meeting, the fun and entertaining “Jeopardy”-like competition, moderated by Glen Gabbard, M.D., that pits psychiatrists from residency programs around the country against each other.

The University of Texas at Houston walked away with the honors. The team members were Connie Zajicek, M.D., Melissa Allen, M.D., and Garima Arora, M.D., and the residency director is Vineth John, M.D.

MindGames is open to all residency programs in the United States and Canada. The competition begins during the last two weeks of February, when teams of three residents each take a 60-minute online examination consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions follow the ABPN Part I content outline. Watch a video of the exciting conclusion of MindGames.

(photo: David Hathcox)


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