115 Pharmacy School Teams in ASHP Competition

Pharmacy school students recently competed in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ (ASHP) 16th National Clinical Skills Competition.

A total of 115 teams from pharmacy schools across the country participated in the competition to show off their skills in patient assessments and more.

The competition began locally, at the participating pharmacy schools and the 115 teams competing in the national competition were those that made it through the initial competitions. The competition was handled by ASHP’s Pharmacy Student Forum and involved pharmacy school students to participate in patient information assessment, identifying their current treatment plans and any potential drug treatment related problems, as well as determining the patient’s treatment goals and recommending a drug treatment plan for each patient.

There were over 4,000 students that participated in learning sessions about their financial futures, residency, and how to take what they’ve learned in pharmacy school and applying those skills in a real-world environment. Of the 115 pharmacy school teams, first place was won by students at the University of Washington. Students from pharmacy schools at Harding University and Thomas Jefferson University placed second and third, respectively.

There were ten top tier teams named as finalists in the competition, from pharmacy schools at Belmont University School of Pharmacy, Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy & Oregon Health and Science University, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, and Wingate University School of Pharmacy.

ASHP is a sixty-year old organization that helps hospital pharmacists to improve patient safety. The ASHP Research and Education Foundation was created by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and is dedicated to good patient outcomes through coordinated efforts between medical disciplines.