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Challenge Bowl

If you have never had the opportunity to attend the PA National Medical Challenge Bowl in May at the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) Conference, you are missing a great evening of fun and trivia. It is the PA equivalent of March Madness, complete with teams painting their faces, wearing their favorite institutional gear, and noisemakers. There is even a bracket produced for this exciting event. This year, Butler University placed fourth out of the 93 PA programs competing. The team consisted of: Quinn Harmon '19, Colleen Cotter '19, Ashley Dunman '19, Maggie Rancich '19, and Emily Brown '18. This was the highest placement that Butler University has had at the national competition to date! Check out the 2018 Bracket.

The competition has evolved and grown over its 27-year national occurrence. Round one is a multiple-choice assessment. Those teams that advance to subsequent rounds answer questions that are open response—similar to Jeopardy. A team receives points for correct answers, but loses points for incorrect answers. Teams must “buzz” in quickly to have the opportunity to answer and score points, but be mindful when they do not know something to avoid losing them.  

To get ready for the national event, students study materials a minimum of two hours a week and meet as a team one hour a week beginning in January. These individuals train while maintaining all other responsibilities as PA students. They also have the opportunity while attending the national conference to participate in the student track of the conference, make connections with other students and practicing PAs, all while representing the Butler PA Program. Butler University’s five-member Challenge Bowl Team competes for the entire calendar year, including the national competition held in May, as well as the Indiana Academy of PAs state competition in the fall. We hope to see many alumni cheering on our Bulldogs in 2019 in Denver at the National Medical Challenge Bowl. This just might be the year the Dawgs bring home the trophy.