ISRC Steps Up / Goes Down for the AARC National Sputum Bowl Practitioner / Student Competition

by John T Murphy, MS, RRT

For a number of RT’s, the yearly Sputum Bowl at the AARC International Congress has been a centerpiece for “fun” watching both student teams and practitioners since 1976.

In Indianapolis this year, Indiana teams proudly represented the ISRC in battles of brain power. The Franciscan Health Indy group was the sole entry for practitioner teams for the ISRC and one of 11 teams to compete. Indiana has been off the radar for nearly fifteen years, submitting no Sputum bowl team entries since the 2003. As an RT Practitioner, without this important activity, I think we would lose sight of a lot of our tradition, legacy, “fun”, and knowledge in our field while showcasing some of each state’s best and brightest clinicians in this unique RT competition . The Franciscan Health Team was fearless and valiant, but reached defeat against brisk competition in the first two rounds. Team Captain, John Murphy, RRT was able to recruit a brilliant contingency consisting of Joe Boosey, RRT, Scott Wischmeyer, and Kathie Lyon, RRT, yet their luck did not hold out. Indiana is filled with a rich tradition of not only participating, but winning – Indiana won Practitioner level competitions nationally twice. In 1990, The ISRC Team won the national title, but most recently, we emerged victorious in 2002 when Dave Burnworth was a member of the team. It has now been over 15 years since our last victory but one of the three IRTEC student teams was most active, lasting into Day 2 of the competition while showing promise. Thanks to Chris Porter, Chapter representative, the 3 Indiana student teams were part of the 11 teams to enter and were in high gear. Let’s start a tradition that never ends and enjoy the challenges that occur with competition. Send me your questions and team formation intentions for 2018 now.