Monday, May 4, 2009

Loyola ENT Residents are "Rhinology Bowl" World Champs

They Ace Competition that Tests Knowledge of Nose and Sinuses

MAYWOOD, Il. -- Two Loyola University Health System resident doctors are winners of the 2009 "Rhinology Bowl," a Jeopardy-like competition that tests physicians' knowledge of the nose and sinuses.

Dr. Devyani Lal and Dr. Adam Mariotti won five straight matches to place first in a field of more than 20 teams from top ear-nose-throat residency programs.

Like Jeopardy, Rhinology Bowl rewards speed and accuracy. Contestants are asked multiple-choice questions. The first person to press the buzzer earns points for correct answers, and loses points for wrong answers.

Lal, chief resident for Loyola's ENT residency program, is completing her fifth and final year as a resident. "She really knew her stuff," Mariotti said.

Mariotti is a fourth-year resident. "He was an outstanding teammate, and very quick with the buzzer," Lal said.

Rhinology Bowl was held during Rhinology World 2009 in Philadelphia April 15-19. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of rhinologists, who treat nasal and sinus disorders.

Lal and Mariotti will be reigning champs until the next Rhinology World meeting in 2018.

"Their victory is a demonstration of the great residency training program we have at Loyola," said Dr. James Stankiewicz, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "The ENT resident world knows Loyola is a force to be reckoned with."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.