A team from the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute has won the Connecticut Physician Assistant Medical Challenge Bowl, and will advance to the National Medical Challenge Bowl in Texas in May.

UB team members Ryan Madden, Lauren Kelly, and Timothy Wright were awarded the silver championship trophy on March 5 after being the first to correctly answer approximately 100 complex medical questions in rapid-fire Jeopardy-style rounds.

The Connecticut Medical Challenge Bowl is held annually at the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (CONNAPA) Conference. This year, the event was hosted at UB and drew 200 faculty and students from Yale, Lock Haven, Quinnipiac, and Johnson and Wales.

The UB winners will next compete against more than 70 teams at the 2016 National Medical Challenge Bowl in San Antonio from May 14–18.

The national competition is sponsored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and requires teams to answer more than 250 questions on a variety of medical topics such as anatomy, microbiology, pulmonary, cardiology, emergency medicine, primary care, OB/GYN, surgery, and diagnosis.

“This is the third time we’ve had teams compete in the Connecticut Challenge Bowl and the second time we’ve won,” said PAI Director of Academic Affairs and team adviser Stephenie Kunkel. “We’re so proud of our students who’ve brought back the trophy to the Physician Assistant Institute, but beyond prizes, these victories represent the quality of education we provide and our students’ dedication to the profession.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu