December 6, 2023
PA Schools Compete for Challenge Bowl Bragging Rights
By Caitlin Harrison and Erin Browne
Each year, more than 80 PA programs from across the country compete in the AAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl. Challenge Bowl, the hallmark student event at AAPA’s Conference, is a high-energy game-show-format competition in which students answer questions on a variety of clinical topics. Last year’s winning program, Southern Illinois University, faced tough competition from 81 other teams – the highest number of competitors in Challenge Bowl ever.
Programs must register their team for Challenge Bowl by meeting multiple eligibility requirements, including:
As the Premiere Challenge Bowl sponsor, Rosh Review drafts questions, which are then vetted by a volunteer committee of PA educators and clinicians.
Preparing for Challenge Bowl
Erin Browne, a PA student at Southern Illinois University, 2017’s winning team, shared some of her Challenge Bowl team’s preparation tips:
How to Win
Participating teams will be expected to answer 20 multiple-choice questions during Round One. Scores from Round One are tallied to determine the top-scoring 36 teams, who then move on to the subsequent two rounds with free-response questions. At the end of Round Three, three teams emerge for the Final Round.
Once the three teams for the Final Round have been determined, there is a Wild Card opportunity for a fourth team to participate in the Final Round. To win the Wild Card slot, teams will answer 10 difficult multiple-choice questions. The team with the highest score will join the other three teams for the Final Round. The Final Round consists of 10 difficult free-response questions. The team with the highest score at the conclusion of the Final Round will be the 2018 Challenge Bowl champion!
Want bragging rights for winning the 2018 Challenge Bowl? Team registration for the 2018 Challenge Bowl is open! All programs interested in participating must fill out the registration form before eligibility is considered.
Caitlin Harrison is AAPA’s Student Academy Manager. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Erin Browne is PA student at Southern Illinois University.