Physician assistant program wins 2016 Cleveland Clinic Challenge Bowl


Marking a tremendous accomplishment, the Lake Erie College physician assistant (PA) program won the 2016 Cleveland Clinic PA Student Medical Challenge Bowl, held June 16 at The Intercontinental Hotel.

Composed of students Ceasar Tria, David Summers and Joanna Hutchinson, the team from LEC managed to beat teams representing eight other programs from Ohio and Pennsylvania, ultimately securing first place and the accompanying glory. The students took home a trophy for the school as well as gold medals and a gift bag with various medical supplies.

“This win represents how great our program is and how well our faculty and staff prepare our students,” said Sean Kramer, MSHS, PA-C, interim program director and assistant professor. “It was a complete honor to be there.”

The team from LEC lost closely in the first round and was sent into the loser’s bracket, only to win the next two rounds before facing off against the teams from Tri-C and Cleveland State. With three questions remaining in the round, the LEC team overcame a three-point deficit and went on to win the tie breaker, eventually winning four straight rounds and clinching first place.

“They were answering questions even when they were already going to win the round,” said Kramer. “They were on fire!”

Twenty-nine other LEC PA students attended the event to cheer on their classmates, as did faculty advisors Kramer and Assistant Professor Carrie Knox. Tria, Summers and Hutchinson are all in their 13th month of the 27-month PA program and will graduate in 2017.

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