A team of three Yale Physician Associate students took first prize in the medical challenge bowl playoffs held in March at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Northeast Regional Meeting on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The meeting was sponsored by the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants and the Northeast Consortium of PA Programs. Teams from 14 regional PA programs competed. The Yale program was represented by first-year students Tony Barrett, Broheen Elias and Debra Strigun and by a second-year team composed of Aviva Asnis, Grace Barresi and Joe Castro, who were last year’s champions. The Barrett-Elias-Strigun team took first place against a team from Rutgers University and moved onto the annual Student Academy of the AAPA/Searle National Medical Challenge Bowl in Salt Lake City, where they reached the semi-finals May 24.

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Shannon Turley was presented the 1998 Richard K. Gershon Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. This award in the amount of $16,750, will support her research project Functional Pathways of Antigen Processing in Dendritic Cells. She is a graduate student in the laboratory of Ira Mellman, Ph.D., in the Department of Cell Biology.