The Annual Case of the Year competition began in April, 2017 under the direction of then President Pardon Kenney.
The concept was based on a suggestion by former President William Mackey, who thought that such an event would be a way to involve the large number of surgical trainees in the greater Boston area with the Society. The Case of the Year is an opportunity for each hospital to bring to view one of their most interesting cases. The presenters are residents or fellows from the respective institutions who compete for the honor of winning, and for cash prizes underwritten by the BSS. The trainees are judged on the quality of the presentation including visuals, the uniqueness of the case, and the style of the presenter. A panel of judges is made up of the residency program directors (or their designees) from the various hospitals, with each judge recusing her/himself from judging the submission from her/his own institution.
The competition was held at the Harvard Club, Commonwealth Avenue, and in 2018 it was held at The Doubletree Hotel in Cambridge under the direction of Vice-President Donald Hess MD. Both of the evenings were successful, entertaining and educational as reflected in the attendance, the enthusiasm of the crowd and the quality of the presentations. The only downside was having to pick only 3 winners!
The Boston Surgical Society would like to congratulate the 2018 Resident competition winners.
First Place: Benjamin Zendejas, MD Boston Children’s Hospital
“Abdominoschisis: What to do when the abdominal wall is missing”
“The Boston Surgical Society Case of the Year Competition, was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the exciting work we do with others colleagues in the area. It also allows us to stimulate young trainees to practice and improve their presentation skills”
Second Place: Emily Palmquist, MD Tufts Medical Center
“Ex-vivo renal artery reconstruction for renal artery aneurysm in a patient with a solitary kidney”
“Participating in the Boston Surgical Society Case of the Year offered an opportunity to showcase an exciting case and to hear from residents around town. Not only does a little competition bring out the best in a surgical resident, but this format allows everyone to learn, network and establish friendships.”
Third Place: Jordan Bloom, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
“Complex Thoracoabdominal Reconstruction for Pentalogy of Cantrell”
“Sharing our case with colleagues from other hospitals in the area, and seeing the remarkable cases they also present provides a sense of camaraderie and unification in addition to education. It was a terrific evening!”