Break out your large foam finger (or foot) and get ready to show your school spirit at the inaugural Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl.
Update: Congratulations to the first quiz bowl champion, Lindsey Hjelm from Des Moines University! Christopher Galli from Scholl took second, and Lisa Yoon from Samuel Merritt University placed third.
New to The National, the competition features one student from each of the nine colleges of podiatric medicine. Students will answer trivia questions in hopes of winning bragging rights for their school (and cash prizes for themselves).
The event is the brainchild of Phillip E. Ward, DPM, APMA past president.
“When my son was in optometry school, he participated in the American Optometric Association’s student quiz bowl,” Dr. Ward said. “I thought we should do the same type of thing for our podiatric medical students.”
Each college of podiatric medicine has selected a rising fourth-year student to participate in the event. How the student was chosen was left to the discretion of the school. Participants will be split into three randomly chosen groups to compete in preliminary rounds, and the winner of each of those contests will compete in the final round.
As the largest gathering of foot and ankle professionals from across the country, The National is a natural fit for the event, Dr. Ward said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our students and their knowledge level in a social, informal setting that ties in with the educational aspect of our national meeting.”
The winner of the event will receive $1,000, and his or her name will be inscribed on the official Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl trophy.
The trophy will be kept at APMA headquarters. The first runner-up will receive $500, and the second runner-up will earn $250.
Dr. Ward sees great growth potential for this event and already has a few ideas about how it may look in the future.
“There are lots of opportunities for the development of the quiz bowl. We could turn it into a fundraiser for the APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund.”
He expects increased engagement from the audience, too. “I would anticipate in future events that cheering sections would develop with graduates of the schools rooting for their student representative.”