MDC Physician Assistant Students Win Southeast Challenge Bowl and Head to National Competition

Miami, May 11, 2021 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) physician assistant (PA) students recently won the Southeast Challenge Bowl organized by the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Next the team will compete for its third national title on May 24 at the AAPA National Medical Virtual Challenge Bowl.

MDC won the regional competition with two teams of three students each, including Andrew Grossman, Jaime Chavez, Ginna Lora Ortega, Shirene Tabarestani, Ernesto Martell Polo, and Antonio Canero. As in years past, they were coached by Dr. Nicolas Massimini, chair of the Student Progress Committee at the Medical Campus and also a graduate of MDC’s renowned PA program. Dr. Massimini has coached MDC’s challenge bowl teams for over a decade.

“We are extremely proud to once again win this prestigious competition which covers several states and we are looking forward to participating at the National Challenge later this month,” said Medical Campus President Dr. Bryan Stewart. “Competing in these events, which is totally voluntary, requires a great deal of dedication with students having to devote many hours to discussing subjects and presentations, in addition to their demanding curriculum.”

MDC’s Physician Assistant program offers Associate in Science and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, as well as an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. For more information, visit