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MDC Physician Assistant Students Claim Fourth Consecutive Brain Bowl Championship

2010 Brain Bowl

MDC PA students crowned champions once again at 2010 FAPA Brain Bowl

Miami, November 18, 2010 - The first time around, some thought it was pure luck. The second and third wins, they figured it was nothing short of a miracle. But this time around, as Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Physician Assistant (PA) students bring home their fourth consecutive championship at the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ (FAPA) Brain Bowl, the team is finally receiving much-deserved respect and recognition. Some are calling the team a dynasty.

MDC PA students have been the reigning champions since the FAPA Brain Bowl was created four years ago. This year, 12 MDC students in four teams participated, facing off against 25 other teams, all of which were from master’s degree programs across the state. In the final round against Barry University, two MDC teams captured first and second place.   

During the Brain Bowl, a gameshow-type competition, students are asked a variety of medical questions, ranging from naming the chemical compositions of microorganisms to matching symptoms to conditions. Speed and accuracy are vital to winning, as students have ten seconds to buzz in with the correct answer. 

“If it wasn’t for the faculty that goes above and beyond standing behind these students, we would not be as successful,” said Dr. Pete Gutierrez, dean of MDC’s School of Allied Health Sciences.   

MDC PA students continue to excel nationwide as well. This year’s graduating class received the highest scores in the country on the annual Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Test (PACKRAT), as well as the highest individual score on the National Board Exam for 2010.

In addition, two 2010 graduates were selected from a national pool to complete post-grad fellowships in surgery and dermatology.

MDC offers the only accredited Associate in Science in physician assistant program in the entire country, and recently obtained full accreditation for the next five years, the maximum period allowed, by the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant. Graduates of the program receive 100 percent job placement with an average starting salary of $75,000.  

In May 2010, MDC began offering a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies.   

To learn more about the MDC PA program, please call the Medical Center Campus at 305-237-4141.


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