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University Hospital of Brooklyn

Downstate Beats NYU in Sudden Death Tie-breaker

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Doctors Michael Jurkowich, David Palma, Robert Mancuso, and Michael Nicoletti hold the winners' trophy.

The Brooklyn Nets have nothing over the Brooklyn Residents. Our team of physical medicine and rehabilitation residents—known as the SUN Y Downstate Bowties—emerged victorious after a double tie-breaker with the NYU Rusk Renegades in the annual Residents Bowl, held May 8 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Paul Pipia, MD, director of Downstate's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said, "It's exciting that the Residency Bowl Trophy will reside at Downstate for the next year. I'm very proud of our residents!"

The event was sponsored by the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Teams from nine New York area medical schools were quizzed about their medical knowledge, and our Downstate team correctly answered the tie-breaking question, "What is the fluid composition of a rheumatoid arthritis aspiration?"

Representing Downstate were team leader David Palma, MD, along with Michael Jurkowich, MD, Robert Mancuso, MD, Michael Nicoletti, MD, and Shady Hassan, MD. The other competing teams were from Mount Sinai, Kessler, LIJ, New York Metropolitan, Montefiore, Kingsbrook, and Columbia Medical Centers.