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Press Release: Physician Assistant Students at DeSales University Win No. 1 Spot For Sixth Consecutive Year
Date: 10/20/2005

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Physician Assistant Students at DeSales University Win No. 1 Spot For Sixth Consecutive Year

Students in the DeSales University Physician Assistant (PA) Program have won the Sixth Annual Pennsylvania State Medical Challenge Bowl, held on October 16, in Pittsburgh, Pa. A total of nine of 14 eligible PA Programs took part in the competition. The DeSales team has won the coveted number one spot since the competition was established in 1999, and is Pennsylvania's only champion.

The Pennsylvania Medical Challenge Bowl is a team event that consists of a Jeopardy-style question-and-answer contest assessing students' knowledge in all aspects of medicine and surgery.

The DeSales team consisted of Justin Cooper, of Aston, Pa.; William Morefield, of Bear, Del.; Laura Tappert, of Lansdale, Pa., and Ka-Yi Lo of Whitehall, Pa.

Christine Bruce, of Orwigsburg, Pa., is director of the PA Program at DeSales and serves as faculty advisor for the team.

"It is very rewarding for our program and our students to continue to have unparalleled success as Pennsylvania's only Medical Challenge Bowl Champion," said Bruce. "Their performance reflects the quality and caliber of student, as well as that of the faculty and staff in the DeSales PA Program."

In addition to winning all six of the Pennsylvania State Medical Challenge Bowls, DeSales is the only school in the nation to make the Championship Round of the National Medical Challenge Bowl for three consecutive years. DeSales has also won three consecutive Northeastern Regional Medical Challenge Bowls.

In the Sixth Annual Pennsylvania State Medical Challenge Bowl held recently, the first round had King's from Wilkes Barre, Chatham from Pittsburgh, and Penn College of Technology from Williamsport.

The second round had Duquesne from Pittsburgh, Seton Hill from Greensburg and Gannon from Erie.

The third round had DeSales from Center Valley, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia and St. Francis University from Loretto.

The championship round had DeSales finishing first, Gannon as the runner-up and King's finishing third.

The PA Program at DeSales first admitted students in 1997. Physician Assistants are licensed medical professionals who work under the supervision of licensed physicians. They practice in both general and specialty medicine and surgery, and perform the routine duties normally reserved for physicians.

For more information on the PA Program at DeSales, contact Christine Bruce, program director, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1474.

Press Release: Physician Assistant Students at DeSales University Win No. 1 Spot For Sixth Consecutive Year | Posted on: 10/20/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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