DeSales Wins 2004 National Medical Challenge Bowl
For the second time in three years, DeSales University's Physician Assistant Program won the National Medical Challenge Bowl Championship. The Fourteenth Annual Student Physician Assistant Competition, held in Las Vegas on June 2, 2004, was sponsored by the Student Academy of Physician Assistants. More than 130 Physician Assistant Programs across the United States were eligible to participate. DeSales was among 49 programs from 26 states chosen to compete.
Students in the DeSales Physician Assistant Program defeated last year's champion, Midwestern University. Midwestern placed second in this year's event, followed by Stony Brook University and the University of Alabama, which rounded-out the top four. DeSales' winning team included Jason Dos Santos of Easton, Pa.; Tom Frey of Lebanon, Pa.; John Gillard of Lyndonville, N.Y., and Molly Walsh, the alternate, of Allentown, Pa. Faculty advisor and team coach was Christine Bruce, director of the DeSales Physician Assistant Program.
Other competing schools included Oregon University, George Washington University, University of Florida, University of California - Davis, Wake Forest University and Emory University. Drexel University was the only other Pennsylvania school to register a victory in the competition. DeSales is the only school in the nation to make the championship round for three consecutive years.
DeSales is the only school in the nation to make the Championship Round of the Challenge Bowl for three consecutive years. It has won all four Pennsylvania State Medical Challenge Bowls and the only three Northeastern Regional Medical Challenge Bowls in which it competed. For each of the three most recent graduating classes in the program, graduates have scores above the 99th percentile on the National Certification Examination for Physician Assistants. Since the inception of the program, DeSales graduates average over 100 points per student higher than the national average on the National Certification Examination. Graduates must pass this examination in order to obtain their license to practice medicine. DeSales University has better than a 98% first-attempt pass rate on this examination since the first graduating class in 1999.
For more information on the DeSales Physician Assistant Program, contact Christine Bruce, program director, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1474.
Press Release: DeSales Wins 2004 National Medical Challenge Bowl | Posted on: 6/9/2004
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu