Seventh Annual ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Ends in a Tie
Brianna Hoffman and Teresa Mathwig from South Dakota State University and Jennifer Askew and Stephanie Wrenn of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were the winning teams in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) seventh annual National Clinical Skills Competition, December 8, 2002, in Atlanta. Announcement of the winning teams capped off a full-day of programming for the more than 2,500 pharmacy students in attendance.
Sixty-nine teams who won preliminary competitions at their local pharmacy schools participated in the activity (see back page for full listing). The competition, which was sponsored by Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, offered students the opportunity to analyze actual patient cases, demonstrate their skills in assessing a patients medical history, identify drug therapy problems and treatment goals, and recommend a pharmacists care plan that included monitoring variables and desired outcomes.
Other focused activities for pharmacy students included sessions on resume and curriculum vitae writing and financial management and a panel discussion about residency training. Student leaders from pharmacy schools around the country also met during the Midyear to exchange ideas for student society activities. We are pleased to be able to offer the Clinical Skills Competition and student programming to introduce practitioners of the future to the skills they need to take on leadership roles in the profession, said ASHP President Debra S. Devereaux, M.B.A., FASHP.
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit ASHPs Web site, www.ashp.org.
Top Ten 2002 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Finalists
Sanela Bajic and Julie Van Hauen, Drake University; Wendy Bullington and Himali Gunasinghe, Medical University of South Carolina; Amy Shisler and Caryn Caswell, Oregon State University; Brianna Hoffman and Teresa Mathwig, South Dakota State University; Sarah McGillian and Lauren Campbell, Temple University; Jessica Hughes and Christy Taylor, University of Kentucky; Jennifer Askew and Stephanie Wrenn , University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; LaKesha Moore and Beatrice Nyakonu, University of Minnesota; Brandon Suehs and James Cox, University of Texas at Austin; and Jennifer Guyer and Leigh Anne Hylton, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Teams Participating in Competition
The following institutions participated in the 2002 ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition:
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Nova Southeastern University
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
The University of the Sciences in
Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical
Xavier University of Louisiana