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ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Featured at International Meeting

Forty-six pharmacy students from around the world took part in the pilot offering of a Clinical Skills Event last month during the 45th International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) Annual Congress in London. The program, which is based on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) innovative student team competition, will now be a regular activity for the IPSF Annual Congress.

ASHP's Clinical Skills Competition, which is held annually at the Society's Midyear Clinical Meeting in December, provides pharmacy students with an opportunity to develop and refine their skills as pharmaceutical care providers. Teams of two 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, including monitoring variables and desired outcomes. 

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 believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. 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 delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.