Virginia Cardiology Fellows Win American College of Cardiology FIT Jeopardy Competition

Contact: Sam Roth,, 202-375-6582

NEW ORLEANS (Mar 18, 2019) -

The Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology has won the “Fellows-in-Training Jeopardy Competition: Battle of the States” held during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans. FITs from the California Chapter took second place.

Teams from 35 ACC state chapters and Canada participated in the competition, which featured nine 30-minute preliminary rounds. Teams answered questions from four Jeopardy categories that were based on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Examination Blueprint. Nine teams advanced to the semi-finals and three teams competed in yesterday’s final round. 

The Virginia Chapter received a first-place trophy and plaques presented by incoming ACC Board of Governors Chair Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, and three $1,000 travel awards to send the FIT Jeopardy team to ACC.20 next year in Chicago. Each team member from the Chapter received $1,000.

The Virginia Chapter team included: Sampath Gunda, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University; Guru Kowlgi, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Pranav Mankad, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Each team member from the California Chapter received a plaque presented by Khandelwal, and an iPad. The California Chapter team included: Ricky Yu, MD, UCLA; Justin Hayase, MD, UCLA; and Prashanth Venkatesh, MD, UCLA.  

The ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, which in 2019 will be March 16-18 in New Orleans, brings together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch, @ACCMediaCenter and #ACC19 for the latest news from the meeting.                                 

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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