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Physician Assistant Students Win Statewide Competition


From left, Penn College physician assistant students Danielle M. Bennett, of Laceyville%3B Ross W. Trent, of Towanda%3B and Melissa N. Dobson, of Elysburg, took first place in the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants%E2%80%99 10th annual Student Challenge Bowl, qualifying them for national competition in spring.The Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant program won the 10th Annual Student Challenge Bowl, which was held by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants during its state conference in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6.

This highly competitive event features 10 teams from physician assistant programs in Pennsylvania. Each program sends a team of three students and one alternate.

The Penn College team consisted of members of the Class of 2010: Melissa N. Dobson, of Elysburg; Danielle M. Bennett, of Laceyville; and Ross W. Trent, of Towanda. Daniel J. Parks, of Cogan Station, served as the alternate. Paula D. Holmes, program coordinator for the Penn College physician assistant program, served as the team’s adviser.

The students won four rounds on their way to winning the overall competition. The contest is set up for students to respond as a team, with limited time to answer each medical- or surgical-based question. The level of difficulty for the questions increases with each round. Three teams play against one other during the initial rounds; by process of elimination, one team emerges as champion.

With the victory, the Penn College physician assistant team will move on to the National Medical Challenge Bowl, which will be held May 29 to June 3 in Atlanta.

“This team is highly motivated and worked very hard,” said Joseph Mileto, director of the physician assistant program at Penn College. “The physician assistant program staff is very proud of their efforts and accomplishments.”

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