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PMI Denver Takes the National Sputum Bowl Title

Posted: December 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker

DENVER – Pima Medical Institute’s Denver Sputum Bowl team has once again taken the national title, winning in Las Vegas on Dec. 11. They beat out 19 other student teams during the three-day academic competition.

It’s the fourth time the Denver campus has won the national Sputum Bowl. It also won in 2008, 2006 and 2005. Last year, the Las Vegas campus took the national title, and in 2010, Denver campus’ faculty won the practitioner national Sputum Bowl competition.


Three other PMI teams from Las Vegas, Tucson and the renegade team from Denver, also advanced during the competition, beating several teams.

The Denver team included respiratory therapy students Ryan Kelley, John Bochenek, Andrew Reiss and Alyssa Hamilton.

Sputum Bowl is a Jeopardy-style game where students must quickly and accurately answer questions that range from anatomy and physiology to mechanical breathing and disease.

“We have highly motivated students that are very competitive,” said Tammi Keeton, Respiratory Therapy Program Director for the Denver campus. Keeton helped the students study for the state and national competitions.

“We practiced and conducted scrimmages once a week. We feel this really helps them all around. It prepares them for their national board exams and gets them comfortable with the incredible amount of information that we deliver to them each day.”

The Sputum Bowl is an annual part of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) yearly congress. It features the latest in technology and breakthroughs in care. To learn more about the AARC, visit its website at

In addition to winning, Pima Medical Institute was also the focus of two local news stories this year during the competition. KNPR, Las Vegas’ local NPR station, interviewed the Las Vegas campus’ Respiratory Therapy Program Director Anthony Everidge, Clinical Director of Education, Aimee Barnes, and Las Vegas Sputum Bowl team member, Christopher Andresky. That interview can be found on KNPR’s website.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal also featured a story about Sputum Bowl and the national congress.

Repeat national Sputum Bowl titles are testament to the faculty and students’ dedication to excellence. PMI offers the associate degree in respiratory therapy program at its Albuquerque, N.M, Chula Vista, Calif., Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Renton, Wash., Mesa, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz. campuses. It also offers a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy online.

“Our respiratory therapy faculty are so proud of all our students that participated in the Sputum Bowl this year and every year,” Keeton said. “It isn’t easy to make time to study and practice as much as they do. I think they are all very special people.” 

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