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ACCP Report - February 2018

2018 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge Is Under Way

Clinical Research Challenge

ACCP is pleased to announce that competition is under way in the third annual Clinical Research Challenge (CRC). Research and scholarship contributes to improved health outcomes for patients and advances in the profession of clinical pharmacy. Critically evaluating and applying the primary literature is an essential skill for students pursuing a career in clinical pharmacy. This innovative and unique competition offers teams of three students (those in the first two professional years of their degree program) the opportunity to compete in round 1: Online Journal Club. Teams achieving the top 40 scores will advance to round 2: Letter of Intent Submission. Teams with the top 20 scores after round 2 will advance to the third and final round: Research Protocol Development.

The competition began February 12 with 79 teams vying for a spot in round 2. The Online Journal Club
examination was based on the following literature:

Tai V, Leung W, Grey A, et al. Calcium intake and bone mineral density: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2015;351:h4183. Including all Supplementary Appendices.

Teams advancing to round 2 will be given a clinically focused research question and have 2½ weeks to develop and submit a letter of intent following the criteria outlined here. Teams advancing to round 3 will be announced March 23.

For complete information on the CRC, visit