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Press Release: Lucky No. Seven for DeSales University Physician Assistant Program
Date: 10/17/2006


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Lucky No. Seven for DeSales University Physician Assistant Program

Good luck does play an important part in the successful performance of students in the DeSales Physician Assistant Program both inside and outside the classroom. Along with luck, add lots of hard work and well developed skills to the mix and you really have a winning combination. One that has helped the DeSales Physician Assistant (PA) team win the State Medical Challenge Bowl for the seventh consecutive year.

DeSales was one of 10 programs from around the state that competed in this year's event held on October 6 in Harrisburg, Pa., as part of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) 31st Annual State Conference. The DeSales team has never been defeated in the Challenge Bowl competition, since it was first introduced in 1999.

Members of the DeSales team included graduate students Cheryl Bebon, of Milford, Conn.; Brett Feldman, of Jamison, Pa.; Kiely Gamelin, of Dedham, Mass., and Amie Shaffer, of Pottsville, Pa. Christine Bruce, program director, served as faculty advisor for the team.

"It is rewarding to see our students and graduates succeed in a public forum such as this," said Bruce, who has served as program director since 1996. "Our students take a lot of pride in the program and also in the level of knowledge that they possess. It is nice to see that they are rewarded for their efforts."

The Pennsylvania Medical Challenge Bowl is a team event that consists of a Jeopardy-style question-and-answer contest during which a moderator asks questions on medically and surgically related topics that are covered in the Physician Assistant (PA) curriculum. The first team to answer correctly receives credit.

Also being honored during this year's conference was graduate student Bodhi Anderson, of Emmaus, Pa., who was awarded a PSPA Student Scholarship for $1000, in recognition of his academic strength and community service.

The Challenge Bowl is held as part of the state conference which attracted 500 participants this year. A total of 14 PA programs are eligible to take part in the competition and the contest continues to be a highlight of the conference. Over 400 people watched the competition which this year was appropriately held on national PA Day.

In addition to DeSales, the following schools in Pennsylvania participated in the competition: Gannon University (Erie), Chatham College (Pittsburgh), Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), Seton Hill University (Greensburg), Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport), Lock Haven University (Lock Haven), Marywood University (Dunmore), King's College (Wilkes Barre), and St. Francis University (Loretto).

Lucky number seven also applies to the performance by students in the DeSales PA Program on the national Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Test (PACKRAT). For the seventh consecutive year, the students finished first in the nation on PACKRAT. PACKRAT is given to eligible students enrolled in the PA Program at the end of their first and second years of professional phase training, to help them prepare for the national examination. There are 134 programs in the country which are eligible to take this national standardized examination.

A total of eight classes have finished the graduate program at DeSales, since the Physician Assistant Program was first established. On the National Certification Examination, the DeSales PA Graduates have a first-time board pass rate of 99 percent with scores exceeding the 99th percentile in the nation for the last six consecutive years. Graduates are able to obtain permanent licensure for practice only after passing this examination.

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


Press Release: Lucky No. Seven for DeSales University Physician Assistant Program | Posted on: 10/17/2006

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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