DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University occupational therapy students defended the university’s 2017 title and captured first place in the American Occupational Therapy Association/EBS Healthcare Knowledge Bowl at the 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Misericordia University entry-level occupational therapy students Lauren Apgar, Milford, N.J.; Elizabeth Pfisterer, Wellsboro; Jillian Robinson, Quarryville; Kaitlin Sauder, Leola, and Kyle Soldevilla, Swedesboro, N.J., beat eight teams in the annual competition.
Members of the winning team receive their master’s degrees at spring commencement in May and are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensure examination in the summer.
Other participating teams were Duquesne University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, East Carolina University, Medical University of South Carolina, Allen College, Adventists University Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis and the University of Southern California.
The Knowledge Bowl prepares competing students to take the NBCOT exam through a game show format that allows participants and audience members to display their school spirit.
Teams simultaneously answer seven rounds of questions, featuring five questions per round during the two-hour competition. The questions test student knowledge of key information related to occupational therapy practice, including medical conditions, patient/client safety, evaluation, and intervention services.