Challenge of the Week
We are launching “Challenge of the Week” as a weekly feature on the journal website. This is targeted towards students of cardiac electrophysiology – fellows currently in training and electrophysiologists in practice. The intent behind this initiative is to engage the readers in an interactive discussion on in-depth concepts in cardiac electrophysiology. This would require you to check out the journal webpage on a weekly basis, and is part of our strategy to have you visit the website frequently in an effort to increase its visibility.
The Challenge of the Week will be cycled between 4 different categories – (i) ECG, (ii) intracardiac electrogram, (iii) clinical, and (iv) device questions. The Challenge will be presented as a question stem with relevant figures, and 5 answer choices. There will be a single best choice as the correct answer. The answer will be published one week after the question is posted, along with a brief explanation, focusing on the main teaching points.
The Challenge will be published online on the journal website, with a link to the question posted on social media. There is no official mechanism to submit answers to the Challenge. However, we would recommend, that you as the quiz-taker read the question, think about the answer choices, and come up with your best answer. We would encourage you to discuss your answers with your peers, and post your comments and reasoning on social media. You may want to avoid reading the posted comments apriori, so as not to bias your reasoning by others’ responses. We believe that you will get the most out of these questions if you first commit to an answer, and subsequently engage in discussion with your peers and/or online.
We are naming this quiz as a Challenge as the questions may require understanding of concepts beyond the basics and may require application of more that a single concept. The questions will intentionally be made somewhat difficult so that the answer may not be immediately obvious to many of the readers, and most questions may require some thought and deliberation. Especially for the intracardiac and device electrograms, we would encourage you to print the question tracings if necessary, and use calipers for precise measurements that may be required to get to the correct answer.
It is inadvertent that in making the questions challenging, some of them may appear as “got-you” type unfair questions. It is our intention to provide conclusive amount of information to lead to an unambiguous single correct answer. However, we understand that you may sometime disagree with the official answer posted after one week. Even so, the intent of the exercise is to learn from it, and so long as that goal is accomplished, we would consider the question to be a success. We would encourage you to post your disagreements and thought process on social media, and we will make a sincere effort to engage with you to the extent feasible.
It is our hope that this forum contributes towards your and our learning. To make this effort sustainable for a long period of time, we solicit questions from you that may be worthy candidates as Challenge of the Week. We would request that you to download the question template to assign the sub-category for the questions, and to use it as a format for the submission. We would appreciate a succinctly worded question with 1-2 figures/tracings if needed, and 5 clearly specified answer choices with a single correct answer. There should be sufficient and non-conflicting information in the question to unambiguously arrive at the correct answer. The figures/tracings should be clearly labeled, should be publication quality, and should be your own unpublished non-copyrighted material. We will also need a clearly worded explanation for the answer, highlighting the main teaching points. If we select your submission for publication, we will acknowledge you and your coauthors. We may make modifications to your submission to fit with our style and to highlight certain points.
We sincerely hope that you find Challenge of the Week as much fun as we are having putting it together. We need your active participation on an ongoing basis to make this feature as success, and we look forward to hearing your answers and comments!