Respiratory Therapy Students Win State Competition

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Students in the Respiratory Therapy program at Washington State Community College (WSCC) recently took top honors at the 34th Annual Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) conference and competition, which includes lectures on pulmonary medicine and respiratory care. A team of four WSCC Respiratory Therapy students took part in the annual knowledge bowl competition.

“In Respiratory Therapy circles, we affectionately call it the ‘Sputum Bowl Competition’,” explains        Dr. Rob Kinker, WSCC Respiratory Therapy program director.  “It has a format similar to the game show Jeopardy where a question is read and the first team to buzz in gets a chance to answer. If they are correct, points are awarded, if not, points are deducted.”

Washington State Community College’s team included students: Lee Hermandorfer, Ann McHale, Adam Roub, and Jeff Bucy.  Kathy Baker, WSCC clinical education director, coached the Respiratory Therapy team.  They competed against eight other teams from colleges and universities across Ohio.

resp-therapy-team“The team breezed through the preliminary rounds to reach the finals.  In first round of finals they were selected by random draw to play against the toughest team in the match, Cincinnati State,  but they  ultimately went on to win the championship  match,” says Kinker. The WSCC team went undefeated, winning each match by a minimum of five questions with a highest score of fifteen.

 “We are all extremely proud of their performance. This was the first time we’ve won at the OSRC Meeting, which is quite an accomplishment,” says Dr. Kinker.  “The WSCC team is now invited to represent the state of Ohio at the National competition in New Orleans this November, if we are able to raise the funds.”

Those wanting to donate can send a check to the Washington State Community College Foundation Bob Fischer Fund. The Bob Fischer fund was developed to support Respiratory students, especially for activities such as travel for competitions. Bob Fischer, former director of clinical education with the Respiratory program, was posthumously recognized at the OSCR meeting with a scholarship in his name.

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