Congratulations to the winners of the Case of the Week, 2001
Here are the Winners for the Case of the Week of 2001
(COW = Case of the Week).
As in the past year, the top winners are just incredible people. I have the privilege to see all the case before they are posted, and I must admit that in many I just look at the diagnosis submitted and shrug that there is no such diagnosis.. then search in Medline find out that the diagnosis does exist, and then prepare the case. So for me, many of these cases are absolutely new areas or pathology, lesions that I had never heard about. It is a constant source of amazement to discover new entities every couple of weeks, but more incredible that someone can be presented with a handful of images (not scanning the baby themselves) and make the diagnosis. Quite often in total bewilderment I write a note to the winner and ask.. "How did you find this diagnosis ? How did you approach the case ??â€
I have been doing prenatal scans for 24 years and I am so impressed by all these incredible minds and their determinations to obtain the diagnosis. I know many spend night and weekend searching books, libraries, the Internet. Simply amazing !
What is even more amazingâ€¦ is the consistency shown. Finding one great case here and there is wonderful, but having the discipline to do it every week (some actually plan their vacation so as to have time to see the cases !!) is wonderful. I do not know if the patients of these marvelous individuals realize how fortunate they are.
Aside from the spectacular top winners, I would like to recognize the many others who have participated but with more modest results. Some folks clearly come from area where they had to self teach, or where the supply of reference material is more limited, and it is great that they make the effort to participate. All in all people for 37 countries have won cases !
Another amazing group is the sonographers and although fewer competed, the top scorer had very high results again.
The list below is based on 23 possible answers, but some winners were also contributors so the denominator may not always be 23. Interestingly enough, for the first year, there were 2 unsolved cases (46, 51). Bettina Bessieres, MD, François Jacquemard, MD, Luc Gourand, MD, Fernand Daffos, MD, Laurie Briare, RDMS, Dianne Glassford, RDMS, Dianna Heidinger, RDMS, Van R. Bohman, MD are to be credited for submitting these 2 cases !
Next year, in order to simplify the grading, I will count a point for the first 3 authors of the cases that are submitted.