Physician Assistant Studies Students Earn National Recognition with Awards and Honors

The Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program at Philadelphia University continued to receive national attention with three major accomplishments in recent weeks.

This June, three PA students finished as national runners up at the National Medical Challenge Bowl in Las Vegas. The competition is held every year as part of the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ annual conference.

In a thrilling contest, the PhilaU team of students Alexandra Vuolo M’11, Yesha Shah M’11, and Jessica Day M’11 answered Jeopardy-type medically related questions for four hours through five rounds (including two sudden-death elimination rounds). A split-second faster “buzz-in” from Mercer University made the difference in the final round.

“They did an awesome job,” said Joan Ward, PA-C, MS, faculty advisor to the Challenge Bowl team and assistant professor of physician assistant studies. “It was inspiring to see how hard they worked all year in preparation for this event, and how professional they were throughout the whole competition.”

The second place finish is the highest ever for a PhilaU entrant in the competition.

Another PA student, Stephanie Gurevich ’12, was recently elected as the Northeast Regional Director of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) during the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will represent PA student interests and PA programs that are located in 10 northeast states. Her term will run through June 2012.

Finally, Joanne Amos ’12 was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the 2011 Physician Assistant Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Program. The foundation is administered through the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“These accomplishments speak volumes to the dedication and abilities of our students,” said Lawrence Carey, PharmD, director of the physician assistant studies program. “In addition, these students, and all of the students who attended the AAPA conference, carried themselves with professionalism, maturity and dignity. We as a faculty are very proud of all of them. Their successes are testament to the strength of program and the University.”

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