The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth continues to lead as a Texas research and education institution, recently announcing that student representatives of the school’s Physician Assistant department swept the Challenge Bowl at a statewide conference in San Antonio, delivering a resounding victory among teams from other prestigious medical schools in Texas. UNTHSC’s team for the Challenge bowl, which included second-year students Ashley Waldrop, Jessica Van Noy and Hannah Bereuter, put their PA acumen on display in impressive fashion, taking first place in the medical-quiz competition at the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants conference.
The UNTHSC PA students were not finished, however. A second team, composed of Monica Summerhill, Steven Souders and Katrina Sullivan finished in second place, while Tiffany Rose, Dena Gebril and Katie Ziliak, also UNTHSC Physician Assistant students, placed third — helping the school to dominate the winner’s podium against talented PA students from the likes of Baylor University, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Medical Branch and Louisiana State University.
In addition to the high honors among the Physician Assistant students, UNTHSC’s Chris Cooper, MPAS, PA-C, Vice Chairman of the UNTHSC Physician Assistant Program, was named TAPA Outstanding Educator of the Year at the event, while Physician Assistant Instructor Thomas Diver, MPAS, PA-C, was reelected TAPA Director at Large.
Laura Mattingly, MHS, PA-C, Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies program, commented on how the school’s showing at the competition was a proud day for everyone involved from UNTHSC: “It was nice to see UNTHSC represented so well with three teams placing in the Challenge Bowl, a faculty member receiving the highest honor of an educator and a faculty member being reelected to the TAPA Board,” Mattingly said. “We showed our enthusiasm for the PA profession!”