Physician Assistant Program reaches National Challenge Bowl Quarterfinals


Each spring, physician assistant students from around the country join together at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference and compete in the National Medical Challenge Bowl, a friendly competition coordinated by the Student Academy of the AAPA.

In the competition, teams of three students from various schools compete in a battle of knowledge as they answer medically-related questions. Each stage of the competition comprises several rounds of questions with automated response system clickers as well as verbal rounds for each team.

On May 15, representatives from the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 26th Annual Challenge Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The LEC program, now in its second year of existence, competed with 80 schools and was one of 36 schools to make the quarterfinals.

“We are very proud of how hard the team worked to earn their place on the national stage,” said Sean Kramer, Interim Program Director. “This accomplishment is a testament to how great our students are and how well the faculty members have prepared them.”

LEC’s team members included physician assistant students Ceasar Tria, David Summers and Joanna Hutchinson. To earn their spots on the team, the students spent months competing with one another and ultimately won the internal LEC Challenge Bowl.

“Representing Lake Erie College at the 2016 Challenge Bowl was an incredible experience,” said Summers. “It was very rewarding to go against some of the best programs in the nation and advance to the quarterfinals. I feel very fortunate to be part of a program that has prepared me to excel at my future profession.”

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