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Students From University of North Carolina Win ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

Developing patient care skills, preparing for residencies, and enhancing career development skills were just a few of the topics covered during the specialized programming for pharmacy students at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP’s) 38th Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 7-11, 2003 in New Orleans.  Activities for the more than 2,750 students who attended included the announcement of Stephanie Burge Hollowell and Sarah Ford of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as winners of the Society’s eighth National Clinical Skills Competition.

Seventy-five 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 patient’s medical history, identify drug therapy problems and treatment goals, and recommend a pharmacist’s care plan, that included monitoring variables and desired outcomes.

Other activities for pharmacy students included sessions on resume and curriculum vitae writing and financial management and panel discussions about residency training and careers in health-system pharmacy .  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 the practitioners of the future to the skills they need to take on leadership roles in the profession,” said ASHP President Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, 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 ASHP’s Web site, or

Top Ten 2003 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Finalists

Matt Knisley and Erin Powell, Butler University; Janelle Maland and Sandra Hersh-Warren Midwestern University, Glendale;  Tippu Khan and Derek Fields, Purdue University; Rebecca Nick-Dart and Dani Przychodzin, Shenandoah University; Tammy Brodie and Stefanie Reeves, University of Arizona; Fanny Li and Alfred Ngaw, University of California, San Francisco; Tammy Gingerich and Elisha A. Bischoff, University of Kentucky; Stephanie Burge Hollowell and Sarah Ford University of North Carolina; Clay Denison and Debbie Poland; University of Oklahoma; Kristina Rabon and Anna Peacock, University of South Carolina.

Participating Teams

The following institutions participated in the 2003 ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition:
Albany College
Auburn University
Butler University
Campbell University
Drake University
Duquesne University
Ferris State University
Florida A&M University
Hampton University
Idaho State University
Massachusetts College (Boston)
Massachusetts College (Worchester)
Medical University of South Carolina
Mercer University
Midwestern University, Glendale
Nevada College of Pharmacy
North Dakota State University
Northeastern University
NOVA Southeastern University
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Shenandoah University
South Dakota State University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
St Johns University
St Louis College of Pharmacy
State University of New York at Buffalo
Temple University
Texas Tech University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California at San Francisco
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Montana
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Pacific
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington State University
West Virginia University
Western University
Wilkes University
Xavier University