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Five years of excellence: PA students continue winning streak at Challenge Bowl

Students in Penn State College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program won the 20th Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Medical Challenge Bowl on Oct. 25 in Lancaster, Pa.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the College of Medicine has won this competition.

The team triumphed over eight other physician assistant programs in Pennsylvania.

In the first and second rounds, Penn State defeated the University of Pittsburgh and Drexel University respectively by answering a series of medical questions in a similar format to “Jeopardy.” In the championship round, Penn State defeated Mercyhurst University.

Penn State is the defending champion of the National Challenge Bowl, which occurs at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference. To date, Penn State has graduated four physician assistant classes, each with a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certifying exam.

Team members were:

  • Jamal Benson
  • Alyssa Floyd
  • Brandon Kinneman
  • Eric Burfeind – alternate
  • Christine Bruce – faculty adviser
Three students are seated side-by-side at a table, facing the camera. The student in the middle has their arms around the other two.

Pictured from left are Alyssa Floyd, Brandon Kinneman and Jamal Benson, members of the 2019 Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Medical Challenge Bowl Team from Penn State College of Medicine.

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