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AMA Announces 2011 App Challenge Winners

For immediate release:
Nov. 11, 2011

CHICAGO Today, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that Cynthia L. Beamer, M.D., of Texas and Michael Ray Bykhovsky of Georgia, have won the 2011 AMA App Challenge with their ideas for the next great medical app.

“The 2011 AMA App Challenge was hugely successful,” AMA Chair-Elect Steven J. Stack, M.D. “Out of the hundreds of ideas submitted, two were selected by AMA members as the next great medical app ideas. Apps are among the many ways physicians and future physicians learn, stay connected and juggle busy schedules, and we congratulate Dr. Beamer and Mr. Bykhovsky for their innovative and winning ideas.”

Dr. Beamer’s idea, the Rounder app, won the physician category, and Mr. Bykhovsky’s idea, the JAMA Clinical Challenge app, won the resident/fellow/medical student category. The Rounder app would provide a data capture point for information on hospital patients, allowing physicians to easily keep track of their patients’ progress. The JAMA Clinical Challenge app would present clinical vignettes and images along with medical case information, serving as a learning tool.

Earlier this year, U.S. physicians, residents and medical students were invited to submit their unique app ideas for a chance to have the AMA bring it to life. Out of the hundreds of submitted ideas, 10 were selected as finalists, and AMA members voted for their favorite app ideas. The winners will each receive $2,500 in cash and prizes, plus a trip for two to New Orleans for the grand unveiling of their winning idea at the AMA’s semi-annual policy-making meeting that begins on November 12.



Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations

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App Challenge Winners
AMA App Challenge winners Cynthia L. Beamer, MD (middle), and medical student Michael Ray Bykhovsky (right) joined AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, at a reception Monday.


2011 AMA App Challenge website