DeSales Physician Assistant Team Wins State Challenge Bowl

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DeSales students Jess Bowell, Tracy Gould, Melissa Yorty, and Allyse Barlow show off their lucky crayon after winning the 2011 PSPA State Challenge Bowl.

For the second consecutive time, students from the DeSales University Physician Assistant (PA) program won the State Chal

lenge Bowl, held by the Pennsylvania Society Physician Assistants (PSPA) on Friday, October 21, in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

In this highly competitive event, teams compete against one another in a medical question and answer format. In the last round, DeSales won 70 to 10 points against the runner-up Duquesne University. Other teams that competed were: Seton Hill University, Salus University, Chatham University, Saint Francis University, Gannon University, Lock Haven University, Pittsburgh University, and Philadelphia University. In addition to last year’s win, DeSales won the State Challenge Bowl consecutively from 2000 – 2006. 

Members of this year’s team were graduate students Allyse Barlow from Easton, Pa., Jessica Bowell from Trafford, Pa., and Tracy Gould from Skowhegan, Maine. Melissa Yorty from Northampton, Pa., was the team alternate. DeSales academic coordinator and assistant professor Kathleen L. Ehrhardt, MMS, PA-C, has been the faculty advisor for this year’s DeSales Challenge Bowl team. In May, the team will go to the National Medical Challenge Bowl in Toronto. DeSales has previously won 5 National titles, three of which were consecutive. 

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. 

There are a total of 148 Physician Assistant Programs in the nation, with 16 of those accredited programs being located in Pennsylvania. The highly regarded PA Program at DeSales first admitted students in 1997. Since its inception, a total of 12 classes have graduated from the DeSales PA Program. Graduates of the program have consistently ranked first in the nation in the national standardized in-training examination known as the PACKRAT (Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Test). Currently, 100% of DeSales PA graduates pass the board. 

For more information, contact Kathleen Ehrhardt, academic coordinator and assistant professor of the Physcian Assistant Program, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1483. 

--Kara Moran ’13


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