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After successful clinical skills challenge, students to compete nationally

Competition hosted virtually for first time

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted the 2020 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition, an annual event put on by the Colorado Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSSHP) on Oct. 15.

This year’s competition was held virtually via Zoom for the first time ever, but that did not take away from the success of the event by any stretch. In fact, CSSHP saw the largest turnout for the event in many recent years, with 40 members and 13 teams in attendance, encompassing both participants and volunteers.

The Clinical Skills Competition is an event in which fourth-year PharmD candidates have the opportunity to work-up an assigned clinical case and orally present their case preparation to a panel of faculty judges. Following completion of all case presentations and deliberation by this year’s judges, faculty members Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, Ashley Huntsberry, PharmD, and Sarah Scoular, PharmD, the top three teams were announced:

First place: Jordan Jenrette and Jessica Goldsby

Second place: Heidi Roeder and Joanna Dukes

Third place: Kate Lowrey and Kelly Coon

This year’s first-place finishers will have the opportunity to move forward and represent the University of Colorado on a national stage at the annual ASHP Midyear meeting, which will be hosted virtually Dec. 6-10.

The competition this year was tight and came down to minor details in case work-ups. All participants demonstrated their clinical knowledge and skill sets.

Other successful finishers in the 2020 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition were Alison Saunders, Sonya Barich, Noah Gallegos, Peter Tonsits, Eric Hartsfield, Zaynib Hassan, Hallie Zhang, Jasmine Pare, Marvis Makori, Nasim Dehkordi, Hailee Griffin, Amanda Charlton, Jessie Rogers, and Katelyn Currier.

 - Madison Ward and Brittney Sjulstad are PharmD students at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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