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Press Release: DeSales Physician Assistant Team Wins Third National Title
Date: 5/30/2008

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DeSales Physician Assistant Team Wins Third National Title

The DeSales University Physician Assistant (PA) Team made Memorial Day 2008 even more memorable, as it won the 18th Annual National Medical Challenge Bowl, held in San Antonio, Texas. With the victory on Monday, May 26, DeSales now has the distinction of being the only school to win the national title three times.

More than 5,000 people attended the event, which featured students from a total of 48 teams from schools across the nation as they competed against one another in the medical question and answer format. In addition to DeSales, participating schools included Arcadia, Baylor, University of Oklahoma, Charles Drew, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, James Madison, Miami Dade, Northeastern, Philadelphia University, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall, Stony Brook, Texas Tech, University of Florida, among others.

The competition consisted of 12 first-round matches in which four teams competed, with the winning team advancing to the second round. The second round pitted the 12 first-round winners against each other, with four teams making it to the final round. The four teams that made it to the final round were Charles Drew, DeSales, Drexel and Miami Dade. DeSales captured the national title by winning all three rounds.

The DeSales PA team consisted of three members of the Class of 2008: Shawn Reynolds, of Danbury, Conn.; Ray Rivera, of Center Valley, Pa., and Robert Pica, of Verona, Pa. Lauren Millard, of Mt. Carmel, Pa., and William Wert, of Warrensburg, N.Y., served as alternates.

"The students on the team were highly motivated to do well and their hard work paid off," said Christine Bruce, director of the DeSales PA Program, who served as faculty advisor for the team. "The students who volunteered for this year's team are true competitors and they would not settle for anything less than the national title."

Previously, DeSales won the national title in Boston in 2002, and in Las Vegas in 2004. Only Midwestern University in Chicago has more than one title with two national championships to their credit.

"This is a strong class academically with the class as a whole achieving the highest scores on the national standardized examination known as the PACKRAT," said Bruce. "They have a lot of pride in continuing the strong tradition of excellence that the DeSales PA Program has achieved since its inception. I am proud of their efforts and congratulate them on this latest achievement."

Graduates of the DeSales PA program have garnered national recognition academically and professionally, since the program first admitted students in 1997. For six consecutive years, DeSales PA graduates have attained a 100 percent first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE), the only examination given to graduating physician assistants. Graduates must pass the exam in order to be eligible for licensure in all 50 states. For seven consecutive years, the DeSales class has finished above the score of 610, which is listed as the 98th percentile in the nation. On average, the DeSales graduates scored 10 percent higher than the national average on 20 separate graded areas.

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 routine duties normally reserved for physicians.

The story on the DeSales Challenge Bowl win can be found in the AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) Conference Dailey at:


Press Release: DeSales Physician Assistant Team Wins Third National Title | Posted on: 5/30/2008

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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