Campbell residency partner Harnett Health shines in Doctor’s Dilemma competition

A team of residents representing Harnett Health Internal Medicine, a residency partner of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in February defeated a pair of impressive opponents during a Doctor’s Dilemma competition in Raleigh.

The residents from Harnett Health beat teams from Duke Health and Cone Health in the first round of the Jeopardy-style competition. UNC Chapel Hill was the overall winner.

The team was composed of doctors from the Harnett Health Internal Medicine Residency Program, under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Butcher, program director.

Sponsored by the American College of Physicians, the competition tests the medical knowledge of 60 teams representing a particular chapter of the ACP, “a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence,” the organization’s website says. 

Drs. Christopher W. Stewart and James J. Cappola III represented the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine at the Raleigh meeting, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

“We are very proud of our residents and all the work Dr. Butcher and her team have done to grow the Harnett Health program,” said Dr. Cappola, chair and associate professor of Internal Medicine.”

“The other Campbell-based core faculty and I are excited to be part of our graduate medical education in internal medicine.”

The doctors were asked a wide variety of medical questions, Dr. Cappola said. Question topics included pharmacology, dermatology, critical care and cardiology, for example.

Dr. Stewart agreed with Dr. Cappola and applauded the strong showing.

“We were one question away from winning the whole thing. I could not be more proud of our group,” said Dr. Stewart, associate professor and vice chair of Internal Medicine at Campbell. He also is a member of the N.C.Medical Society and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine, his Campbell bio says.

With 161,000 members in countries across the globe, ACP, its website says, is the largest medical-specialty society in the world. ACP and its physician members lead the profession in education, standard-setting, and the sharing of knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine.

In addition to Harnett Health, other Campbell-affiliated residency programs include UNC Health Southeastern in Lumberton, Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville, Wake Med Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, UNC Blue Ridge in Morganton and Conway Medical Center in Conway, South Carolina.