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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists® National Clinical Skills Competition

The ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition (CSC) is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital and health-system pharmacists.

It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care.

2020 CSC Winners

CSC 2020 Winners Melanie Umbaugh  and Morgan Ostinowsky

1st Place: Melanie Umbaugh & Morgan Ostinowsky, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy    

2nd Place: Jennifer Schweiger & Katelynn GrangerUniversity of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy    

3rd Place: Jillian Walters & Logan BooneSamford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy

View Clinical Skills Competition Past Winners

2021 CSC Case Writer Timeline

  • March 30 – Deadline to submit case summary for consideration
  • April 7 – Case selections made and initial contact with case writers
  • April 28 – First case draft due
  • May 24 – Second case draft due
  • Week of June 14 – First case review call with national judging panel
  • June 30 – Final case draft due
  • July 26 – Second case review call with national judging panel
  • August 5 – Finalize all case materials

CSC Coordinator Resources

CSC Participant Resources

Practice Cases

Use the local and national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition cases below to prepare for the competition.

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Past Local Cases and Answer Key

20192018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Past National Cases and Answer Key

 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

The 2020 National CSC Was Held Virtually on Dec 5 - Dec 6 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy transitioned to virtual or hybrid learning environments. Given the evolving situation, ASHP left the option of how to conduct the local Clinical Skills Competition open to the various Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy. No specific restrictions or platforms were enforced. In addition, we modified the ASHP SSHP Recognition Requirements for 2020-2021 to allow leniency for SSHPs unable to hold the Clinical Skills Competition. To support virtual local competitions, ASHP developed a Best Practices Guide to facilitate operations and planning for the local CSCs.

2020 Prize Packages
(will be updated for 2021 Competition)

For all CSC participants

  • One (1) year FREE ASHP membership 
  • Select one of a small collection of  ASHP e-publications

For the top ten teams – Two prizes listed above, plus:

  • One ASHP Self-Assessment Resource of your choice.
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • One iPad
  • Lexicomp Professional for Hospital Pharmacists – Three (3) year subscription

Winning Team – Receive everything listed above, plus:

  • $500 cash prize for each team member
  • Trophy for each team member and one to be displayed at your School of Pharmacy

Promotional Materials

For your convenience, ASHP has designed materials you can use to promote the Clinical Skills Competition on your campus:

Clinical Skills Competition Video
This video explains to students what the Clinical Skills Competition is and answers some of their questions about participating.

CSC Poster
Use this template to write/type in the specifics of your local CSC competition then post them on campus or your virtual messaging board. Then use this file to print 8½ x 11 copies onsite. 
(Template coming soon).

Supported by

ASHP Foundation Logo 

The ASHP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ASHP, is a proud supporter of the National Clinical Skills Competition.

Visit the ASHP Foundation

Supported by

Wolter Kluwer Logo

Lexicomp Inc., a Wolters Kluwer Health division, has donated hardware and software in support of the Clinical Skills Competition.



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