David D. Teuscher, MD, played the part of emcee and ‘voodoo king’
In 1954, John F. Kennedy underwent lumbosacral sacroiliac fusion at which hospital?
Do you know the answer? Residents at the third annual AAOS Resident Bowl did, as teams worked together to answer quiz questions emceed by AAOS past president, David D. Teuscher, MD.
When kicking off the competition, which was held at the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, he jokingly proclaimed, “I am the voodoo king, husband of the voodoo queen, Marie Laveau. I welcome you to the Big Easy. Now let’s have a good time.”
The Resident Bowl first debuted at the AAOS 2016 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., to increase resident engagement with Academy activities and camaraderie amongst members. This year’s event included 26 teams of residents from 37 residency programs, based in the United States and abroad. It consisted of two rounds of 20 questions each, covering topics such as orthopaedic knowledge, orthopaedic history, general, and pop culture as well as questions specific to the host city. Five points were awarded for each correct answer, with no penalty for incorrect answers. All teams played until the final round, which resulted in a six-way tie. The teams then played a life-size version of the game Operation as the tiebreaker.
The final two teams were a group of residents from various residency programs across the country and a team of four residents from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. They joined the “voodoo king,” Dr. Teuscher, at the podium for the final five questions. The Henry Ford residents—Kevin Taliaferro, MD; Kelechi Okoroha, MD; Nickolas Nahm, MD; and Oliver Scotting, MD—walked away victorious. Although Dr. Teuscher kept the atmosphere light and fun, he noted, “Orthopaedic surgeons are some of the most competitive people. They had a lot of fun, but it was definitely a competition. I was impressed with their knowledge and competitiveness.”
He had participants on their toes by switching between challenging anatomical and musculoskeletal questions to local trivia such as what year did the New Orleans Saints last win the Super Bowl and what was the Super Bowl number. The answer: The Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 to win Super Bowl XLIV.
If you’re a nonresident and interested in creating questions for next year’s Resident Bowl at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, visit aaos.org/CAP to volunteer. Resident Bowl competitors will be able to register at aaos.org/residentbowl.