Canadian PA Trivia Challenge


The Canadian PA Trivia Challenge is a friendly competition among registered PAs held at the CAPA Annual conference.

This event is entertaining and educational for students, graduates, faculty and guests. The PA Trivia Challenge showcases teams of three who compete by answering medical questions. The purpose of the PA Trivia Challenge is to test the knowledge of both students and experienced PAs with the goal of promoting information sharing in a fun competitive manner.

The annual Canadian PA Trivia Challenge is an event that fosters fun, school pride and friendly competition that is infectious for all. Winning is not the focus of the event, however learning and fun are the goals.


What types of questions can I expect during the competition?

Questions will be open ended and span various specialties.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • All participants must be registered to attend the CAPA annual conference.
  • Students – a maximum of two (2) teams from one school is allowed.
  • Practicing PAs – A maximum of six teams are allowed.

How do we register a team?

Teams are encouraged to register with a fun team name by completing the registration form and submitting it to

What is the cost of registration?

There is no cost to register a team.

When will we know if our team will be accepted?

The first 12 teams to submit their registration form will be accepted to participate in the Trivia Challenge.  Teams will be notified within 2 – 3 days of submitting their application whether they have been accepted or not.

Rules and Regulations

The PA Trivia Challenge will consist of two streams; one for the student teams to compete and another for the teams consisting of practicing PAs. Each stream can accommodate up to 6 teams.

Both streams will have three rounds, whereby teams will compete against one another until there is only one team remaining.  The winning team will move on to the championship round whereby they will compete against the winning team from the opposing stream.

In every round, the host will ask 11 questions to determine the winning teams.  For example, Team 1 and Team 2 would compete against one another by answering 11 questions.  The team with the 6 correct responses would move on to the next round.

The first team who buzzes in will have 20 seconds to answer the question.  If they do not answer or answer incorrectly, the question will be posed to the competing team for a chance for them to win the point.

There will be a panel of judges who will determine the correct answer.  The judges will have both the answers and rationale for the questions and they will also rule when there is a tie.

A prize will be awarded to the winning team who will also claim bragging rights for the year.  Second and third place teams will also be awarded prizes.