Pictured with their trophy are, from left, Garima Arora, M.D.; Marsal Sanches, M.D.; and Ashley Toutounchi, M.D.
The Medical School’s psychiatry residents team took home another Mind Games win with the 2013 trophy at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco.

The Medical School won the Jeopardy-like quiz back in 2008, and this year bested finalists from Cornell and UCLA.

The UTHealth team was comprised of Dr. Garima Arora, Dr. Marsal Sanches, and Dr. Ashley Toutounchi.

“We are just so proud of them – we really have the greatest residents!” said Dr. Jair Soares, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “And thanks to Dr. John Vineeth for the great ‘coach’ he is to get them through this difficult and very competitive process.”

The preliminary online competition begins in February, when teams of three residents take a 60-minute online test together, consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions follow the ABPN Part I content outline, covering both psychiatry and neurology, with a few difficult history-of-psychiatry questions to make it interesting. The finalists are announced at the annual meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

Mind Games is open to all psychiatry residency programs in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the Mind Games win, the Department of Psychiatry residents brought home three additional high-profile awards:

Dr. Nilesh Tannu, PGY-2 resident, won the Janssen Resident Scholar Award awarded by the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education.
Dr. Theresa Bui, PGY-2 resident, won the Best Poster Award in the Community and Social Psychiatry Section at APA. Her poster described the UT residents participation in Vietnamese radio and television.
Dr. Elizabeth Nguyen, PGY-3 resident, received the APA-SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Award for 2013-2015 for creating a robust Community Outreach Project among Houston’s Vietnamese Community.