Much like a
popular television game show, MindGames is
a national team competition for residents at the APA Annual
Meeting. The game pits residency programs against each other
in a battle to final competition.Each
general psychiatry residency program is qualified to compete
for the coveted title of national champion and the bragging
rights that comes with it.
University of Texas - Houston
for winning the 2008 MindGames 2008 Championship!!
Team players: Dr. Magdalena
Peixoto, Dr. Peter Ly and Dr.
Training Director: Dr. Anu
Carilion Health Center
New York Medical
College (Richmond) @ Richmond University Medical Center
Three general psychiatry
residents have been named national finalists for
the 2008 Mind Games, sponsored by the American
Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Tanya Krolls,
PGY-I psychiatry resident; Dr. Peter Ly,
PGY-II psychiatry resident; and Dr. Magdalena Peixoto,
PGY-III psychiatry resident, were named one of
the top three resident teams in the nation.
As national finalists, the team
wins a trip to the APA Annual Meeting in
Washington, D.C., to compete in the final 2008
Mind Games competition. The three final teams
will compete for the national trophy in front of
a live audience at the annual meeting May 6,
with the winner taking home the national trophy.
“Everyone in the Department of
Psychiatry and at The University of Texas and
across the nation is very proud of this group’s
fantastic accomplishments,” said Dr. Pedro Ruiz,
interim chair of the department. “Let’s all wish
this talented group of residents all the success
in winning the final competition at the 2008
May 9, 2008 |
from the Office of Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo
on Fridays via e-mail to all Medical School
employees, students, residents, and postdoctoral
fellows, UT 2 Me is Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo's
weekly update of news and items of interest.
I want to let you know of another prestigious
award - this one received by a group of
psychiatry residents, all of whom graduated from
our Medical School: Drs. Magdalena Peixoto,
Peter Ly and Tanya Krolls. This
talented group received the 2008 Excellence
on Education Award from the American
Psychiatric Association this week during the
group's annual meeting. This is truly
outstanding for our trainees to represent the
Medical School so well on a national level. We
are committed to helping the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as we have
strengthened its residency program and will be
adding fellowships in addiction and depression.
This is an area that we must build as we face a
significant shortage of psychiatrists - both
adult and pediatric.
Much like a popular television game show, MindGames is
a national team competition for residents at the
Meeting. The game pits residency programs
against each other in a battle to final
psychiatry residency program is qualified to
compete for the coveted title of national
champion and the bragging rights that comes with
of Texas - Houston for
winning the 2008 MindGames 2008 Championship!!
Drs. Tanya Krolls, Peter Ly and Magdalena
Director: Dr. Anu Matorin
New York Medical
College (Richmond) @ Richmond University Medical
Dr. Pedro Ruiz, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, far left, and Dr. Anu Matorin, training director, far right, celebrate the first-place win of residency team Tanya Krolls, Magdalena Peixoto, and Peter Ly.
The University of Texas residency team consisting of
Dr. Tanya Krolls, PGY-I, Dr. Peter Ly, PGY-II, andDr. Magdalena Peixoto, PGY-III, all residents in the General Psychiatry Residency Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was the winning team in the national 2008 “Mind Games” competition at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. May 6.
“The questions, clinical, research, and educational, were rather difficult, but our residents were well prepared,” said Dr. Pedro Ruiz, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Our team’s final score was quite ahead of the two other final teams.”
“What was most impressive and rewarding was the fact that all three residents were our own UT-Houston medical students as well,” said Dr. Anu Matorin, general psychiatry residency training director. “It made all of us involved in their education and training doubly proud of their academic accomplishments.”
The Medical School group competed against finalist teams from Carilion Health Center in Roanoke, Va., and New York Medical College in Richmond.
To make it as finalists, the group took an online test of 150 multiple-choice questions, which had to be completed in one hour.
“We took it as a team with all of us sitting at one computer,” Peixoto said. “Peter was the mouse operator. There are about 140 psychiatry programs in the country, and almost all of them chose to compete.”
Peixoto added that the team studied about three weeks for the online test and then for about the same amount of time for the oral exam.
“I attribute the win to having a very good foundation in psychiatry -- both from the courses we took in medical school and from our residency program -- all three of us are UT-Houston graduates,” Peixoto said. “We have an excellent psychiatry program here, and our attendings are great teachers. We also studied pretty hard, especially during the last few days before the competition.”
Ly said it was through the guidance of faculty and attendings that the team propelled to success.
“We were exceptionally pleased with our winning the 2008 American Psychiatric Association MindGames!” Ly said. “It is a great reflection of the training that we have received here at UT-Houston.”
“This is truly outstanding!” said Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo. “Congratulations to our champions!”
The APA is a medical specialty society with more than 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians working to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.