Student PAs match medical wits in annual challenge bowl face-off and Nova Southeastern Jacksonville wins for the first time in school history. The 2012 National Medical Challenge Bowl, which took place at the American Academy of Physician Assistant’s annual conference, was filled with sudden-death situations, contested play and strategic decision-making. Nova Southeastern University-Jacksonville won, not only beating 48 highly competitive teams but also three other PA programs from the Nova Southeastern University system.
Student teams from around the country dressed in college colors and spirit wear and demonstrated their school loyalty with signs, crazy hats, bullhorns and pom-pons. Early on, it was clear that recent winners DeSales University and Mercer University were interested in repeating their victories as both made it past the first round. Round Two saw Mercer University fall out, defeated by Duke in a close contest. The usual suspects racked up points, advancing via their knowledge and strategic play. Quietly and steadily making their way through the madness was Nova Southeastern-Jacksonville. DeSales University, Duke University, Nova Southeastern-Jacksonville and University of Toledo reached the final round.
As the final question ended, it took a minute for the Nova Southeastern-Jacksonville team members to realize they had won. They held their lead throughout Round Three, sometimes passing even when they clearly knew the answer, showing not only their knowledge but also their calm under pressure. As the news of victory settled over the student team of Whitney Boyd, Kara Forinash and Thomas Pieniazek, the audience cheered. Forinash thanked their faculty coach, Angela Dunaway, PharmD, PA-C.
This content originally appeared on the American Academy of Physician Assistants website.