Joseph G. Weber Physician Assistant Student Society competes in 2nd annual PA Olympics

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The Joseph G. Weber PA Student Society at Lake Erie College competed alongside nine other physician assistant (PA) programs from across Ohio in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA) 2nd Annual Physician Assistant Olympics. The friendly contest took place at the University of Findlay July 8, 2017.

The Olympics’ champion wins the privilege of selecting the charity of next year’s fundraiser. This year’s PA student charity efforts benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northern Ohio. Lake Erie College PA students raised the third highest amount of fundraising dollars, and $9,311.91 was raised altogether.

Lake Erie’s team won first place in the events “The C. diff Runs” and Tug of War. In the end, the University of Dayton team nabbed first place overall but has not yet announced its charity selection for 2018.

At the Olympic-themed event, each institution’s team hosted a game. Lake Erie College’s team created a cornhole tournament. The team consisted of 19 physician assistant students from the classes of 2018 and 2019. Physician Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor Sean Kramer and Assistant Clinical Coordinator Dale Turley took part in the merriment as well.

Prior to the competition, Daniel Pritchard, secretary and community outreach chair of the Joseph G. Weber PA Student Society, said, "I am excited to have an opportunity to change up the pace and engage students from all over the country in some fun events and hopefully win some pride for our program!”

“Really we are meeting our future colleagues, I think the PA Olympics is an amazing event to create relationships that can span our entire careers,” said Pritchard, a second-year PA student from the Class of 2018.

The Joseph G. Weber PA Student Society and three other PA programs from Ohio institutions raised $1,781 at their recent all-you-can-eat-and-drink joint fundraiser. The event took place June 23, 2017 at Harry Buffalo in Downtown Cleveland.

For more information on the Joseph G. Weber PA Student Society or their participation in the PA Olympics, contact Pritchard at dpritchard@lec.edu.

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