Mount St. Joseph University Athletic Training students (seniors Elizabeth Hipple and Madison Perry and juniors Logan Chowning and Amber Roszell) recently placed second among 18 teams at the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Student Symposium and College Quiz Bowl. Sponsored by the OATA Student Senate, the annual symposium enables students to attended sessions on current issues and advances in athletic training. A group of seven students and Assistant Professor Erin Lewis from the Department of Athletic Training traveled to The Ohio State University on January 20th to attend the symposium and cheer on the Mount’s team of AT students.
This year’s sessions included the benefits of aligning athletic training within healthcare systems and interprofessional practice teams, movement assessment, and a variety of panelists discussing athletic training employment and practice settings. A first time attendee, Roszell felt attending the symposium was beneficial because, ‘Going to the conference was a great opportunity for us to network with other students from schools all over the state.” Perry encouraged others to attend as well, “The programming provided at OATA this year was focused on our role as athletic trainers serving as healthcare providers in more than just the typical sports setting, which is exciting for the profession.”
The daylong event concluded with the Quiz Bowl, an academic competition between institutions sponsoring graduate and undergraduate athletic training degree programs across the state. The three round “Jeopardy-style” competition tests students on athletic training knowledge across five domains of practice – injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion; examination, assessment, and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; therapeutic interventions; and healthcare administration and professional responsibility.
Chowning, a first year participant on the Quiz Bowl team, stated that “I thought the Quiz Bowl was an awesome challenge and one that validates the work we've done as students as well as the standard set by our faculty members. I take pride in having the opportunity to represent not only the Athletic Training program but also the University. While it was heart-breaking to be so close and come up just short, Madi and Liz did an amazing job and represented us with class.”
Perry reflecting after the final round of competition stated, "As a two year member of the Quiz Bowl team, it was exciting to place second this year; it confirmed just how much a year of clinical experience and education can assist in tying all the loose ends together to make effective future clinicians."
Regarding the importance of student participation in professional events, Clinical Coordinator Erin Lewis commented, "Students have always been encouraged to attend different professional events in order to help prepare them on what to expect once they are certified. As professionals, we attend continuing education events and network with other athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. By including students in these events, we are able to provide them with an opportunity for interaction and networking with other students while attending an educational event."
The Mount has participated in the Quiz Bowl since its inception in 2004 and took home first place titles in 2013 and 2015.
The Department of Athletic Training is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to offer a professional degree program in Athletic Training and will begin offering a Master of Athletic Training degree beginning the summer of 2019. The department also offers an undergraduate degree in Health and Wellness and a minor in Exercise Science and Fitness.