Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Tampa Bay Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) Program
The 2019 American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) conference, held in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, proved to be a historical moment for NSU’s Tampa Bay Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. The Anesthesia Trivia competition, held annually during the conference, is an opportunity for all AA programs to test their existing knowledge and didactic training against all others. A team of four first-year students is selected to represent each program for the anesthesia trivia challenge. For the first time in the program’s history, NSU’s Tampa Bay AA program brought home the victory before a crowd of hundreds that included AAs, anesthesiologists, students, alumni, faculty, and directors from all AA programs.
The competition got off to a great start for all programs but NSU Tampa Bay quickly established the lead and never left room for the competition to catch up. The conference auditorium was filled to capacity with cheering in support of each program. Alumni joined their respective programs in celebration by wearing shirts specifically made for the team trivia challenge. However, no cheers were louder than those from NSU, especially as it became apparent that the win was inevitable. After two fierce rounds of competition, NSU Tampa Bay finished in first place and begin to revel in what would become a historical moment for the program.