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ASHP, Pfizer Inc to Build on Success of Clinical Skills Competition

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP’s) Pharmacy Student Forum has received a $60,000 educational grant from Pfizer Inc that will help pharmacy students develop and refine their patient care skills.

The grant supports ASHP’s Clinical Skills Competition, held annually at the Society’s Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. 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. The top 10 teams will receive an ASHP E-Bookman personal digital assistant and an AHFS-Drug Information multimedia card as part of their prize package.

In the five years since the competition’s debut, 64 schools of pharmacy have participated in the program. Two spin-offs of the competition have also emerged: the Clinical Skills Event held at the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Annual Congress and an interdisciplinary competition sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

"The Clinical Skills Competition is an excellent opportunity for pharmacy students to familiarize themselves with the situations they may face as part of a patient care team," said ASHP President Steven Sheaffer, Pharm.D., FASHP. "We are extremely proud of how this program has grown and look forward to offering this opportunity to more students."

Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals and many of the world’s best-known consumer products. "We are delighted to support ASHP in this program, as pharmacists play a key role in conveying much needed health information to patients, consumers and other health care professionals, said Paul Silverman, Pharm.D. of Pfizer Inc.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Student Forum is a component group of the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists in health care systems. The Forum serves the needs of the Society's more than 6,000 student members and helps pharmacy students make a difference in tomorrow’s health systems. Michelle Mucha, Pharm.D., serves as director of the Student Forum. Nancy Nguyen, a student at Western University, chairs the Pharmacy Student Forum’s executive committee.