News • October 21, 2020

CBU team wins physician assistants challenge bowl for third time

CBU team wins physician assistants challenge bowl for third time

CBU students Katherine Whang (from left), Adelaide Truong and Kelsey Hults competed in a medical challenge bowl.

Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2020) – For the third time in four years, California Baptist University students won the California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) Student Medical Challenge Bowl. 

But first they had to compete in the final round twice. 

Students in CBU’s physician assistant studies graduate program made up one of 10 teams competing in the CAPA bowl. CBU beat Dominican University of California in the first round and University of the Pacific in the second to reach the final round against Loma Linda University on Oct. 10.  

CBU and Loma Linda tied, but due to a scoring error, Loma Linda was declared the winner. When the error was noted, the rematch took place Oct. 15. 

“Winning the CAPA bowl three times in four years is a truly commendable record for our PA program,” said Mary Ann Stahovich, assistant professor of physician assistant studies. “We were already proud of the team for participating in the [virtual] format, and when that is coupled with their gracious sportsmanship along with the win, it is a most impressive feat.” 

The event took place virtually this year. The teams had to wait for the entire question to be read and then buzz in fast enough to answer it first. Teams scored 100 points for each correct answer and lost 100 for each incorrect one. 

Adelaide Truong, Katherine Whang and Kelsey Hults made up the CBU team. The past year of classroom instruction and recently starting their clinical rotations prepared them for the competition, they said. 

“I do not believe we did anything special apart from preparing ourselves little by little to become good PAs, which can be said of anybody that we competed against,” Whang said. 

“I relearned the importance of teamwork,” Hults said about participating in the event. “This bowl was basically a group test since we were able to consult with each other before answering. In my clinical rotations, I constantly am witnessing physician assistants work with other professions to help our patients, so this is extremely applicable to real life.” 

Truong said she felt pressure and excitement about getting a chance to redo the final round. 

“I was a little shocked to win, but I am definitely proud of my teammates for their hard work and to be a part of the CBU program,” Truong said. 

Whang said it was a great feeling to carry on the tradition for CBU.  

“It really goes to show that we have an outstanding faculty that strives with every generation of students to give us the information we need to succeed, encourage us, and pray for us along the way,” Whang said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to represent our school through this competition and allow the dedication and commitment to excellence for Christ shine through.”

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