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Fig. 1 (left to right) Daniel J. Miller, MD (Columbia University); Amy L. Ravindra, MD (The Ohio State University); and Dr. Jensen (UCLA) listen to questions during the first round of the inaugural Resident Bowl.


Published 8/1/2016
Andrew R. Jensen, MD, MBE; Erin Volland, MPA, CAE

A Fun Way to Increase Resident Engagement

Inaugural Resident Bowl a success
The AAOS is continually looking for ways to increase resident engagement in Academy activities. With that in mind, the AAOS Candidate, Resident, and Fellow Committee (CRFC) was tasked in 2015 with creating a trivia tournament, designed specifically for orthopaedic residents, to be held during Annual Meeting. In addition to fostering fun and competition, trivia can be educational. Cognitive studies have shown that higher levels of curiosity or excitement about an educational topic correlate with greater rates of information retention.

After many months of collaboration between the CRFC and the AAOS Resident Assembly Education Committee, the Resident Bowl made its debut at the 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting in Orlando. Interest in the inaugural event was significant, with residents from more than 30 programs participating. The residents were assigned to 17 teams of three to five participants, equally distributed according to residency program location and PGY year. Then-AAOS president David D. Teuscher, MD, emceed the event, and a large number of other residents, fellows, and attending surgeons were on hand to provide support.

The Resident Bowl consisted of five rounds of 10 trivia questions per round. Each trivia question fell into one of three categories: orthopaedic knowledge, orthopaedic history, and general/pop culture trivia. Five points were awarded for each correct answer, with no penalty for incorrect answers. At the end of each 15-minute round, teams with the lowest scores were eliminated while the remaining teams continued on to the following round.

A rewarding experience
During the tournament, my team members and I—who had met previously to discuss strategy—started off strong, successfully avoiding the first series of cuts (Fig. 1). Unfortunately, we were in the bottom group of the remaining teams at the end of the second round and were therefore eliminated.

Although disappointed to have lost, we had a great time connecting and sharing stories about our respective residency experiences. This networking aspect of the Resident Bowl was a significant highlight for me and I look forward to meeting residents from different programs in the coming years.

Ultimately, the tournament came down to the final round between the top two remaining teams. The teams took the stage with Dr. Teuscher, buzzing in to answer questions as they were read aloud. In the end, Joseph Laurence Petfield, MD (Brooke Army Medical Center); Daniel E. Davis, MD (Thomas Jefferson University); and Philip A. Ashley, MD (University of Kentucky), were the winners.

The inaugural Resident Bowl was a successful event, and by all accounts will become a staple at future Annual Meetings. As word spreads, we anticipate even more residents will participate in the Resident Bowl in the coming years. Based on feedback from participants, slight changes to the tournament structure will likely be made to improve the experience. As chair of the AAOS Resident Assembly Education Committee, I look forward to helping create an even better educational and fun tradition for residents at the AAOS Annual Meeting.

For more information, visit www.aaos.org/resident

Registration information for the 2nd annual Resident Bowl will be included in upcoming issues of the AAOS Resident Newsletter.

Andrew R. Jensen, MD, MBE, is chair of the AAOS Resident Assembly Education Committee. He can be reached at ajensen@mednet.ucla.edu

Erin Volland, MPA, CAE, is a staff liaison to the AAOS Resident Assembly. She can be reached at volland@aaos.org


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Test Your Orthopaedic Trivia Knowledge
Below is a sampling of questions from the 2016 Resident Bowl. How many would you get correct?

To find out, see below.
1. How many physicians signed the Declaration of Independence?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3
D: 4
E: 5

2. Joe Theismann's football career was cut short by which player and what injury?
A: Reggie White, open tibia fracture
B: Reggie White, closed tibia fracture
C: Lawrence Taylor, open tibia fracture
D: Bruce Smith, closed tibia fracture
E: Lawrence Taylor, closed tibia fracture

3. Which surgeon performed the first "Tommy John" surgery (UCL reconstruction at the elbow)?
A: James Andrews
B: Frank Jobe
C: Charles Neer
D: Bernard Morrey
E: Shawn O'Driscoll

4. A median to ulnar motor connection in the palm is known as:
A: Martin Gruber Anastomosis
B: Riche Cannieu Anastomosis
C: Marinacci Anastomosis
D: Berettini Anastomosis
E: Martin Lawrence Anastomosis

5. A Linburg-Comstock Anomaly is an interconnection between which muscles/tendons?
A: FPL and FCR
B: FPL and FDS
C: FDS and FDP
D: FCR and FDP
E: FDP and FPL

6. In what year did Ruth Jackson become the first board certified female in orthopaedic surgery?
A: 1933
B: 1937
C: 1940
D: 1944
E: 1950

7. The first radiograph was performed by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in which year?
A: 1760
B: 1795
C: 1860
D: 1895
E: 1915

8. Which quarterback won the Super Bowl with a ruptured long head of the biceps tendon?
A: Peyton Manning
B: Joe Montana
C: Aaron Rodgers
D: Tom Brady
E: John Elway


  1. E: 5
  2. C: Lawrence Taylor, open tibia fracture
  3. B: Frank Jobe
  4. B: Riche Cannieu Anastomosis
  5. E: FDP and FPL
  6. B: 1937
  7. D: 1895
  8. E: John Elway