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ACCP Report - February 2019

2019 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge Underway

Clinical Research Challenge

ACCP is pleased to announce that competition is under way in the fourth annual Clinical Research Challenge. Research and scholarship contribute to improved health outcomes for patients and advances in the profession of clinical pharmacy. In addition, critically evaluating and applying 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: The Online Journal Club. Teams achieving the top 40 scores advance to round 2: Letter of Intent Submission. Teams with the top 20 scores following round 2 advance to the third and final round: Research Protocol Development.

The 2019 competition began February 11 with a record 89 teams. Round 1, The Online Journal Club examination, was based on the following literature:

Gray SL, Anderson ML, Dublin S, et al. Cumulative use of strong anticholinergics and incident dementia: a prospective cohort study. JAMA Intern Med 2015;175:401-7. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7663. Published online January 26, 2015. Including all Supplementary Appendices.

Teams advancing to round 2 will be given a clinically focused research question and will 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 25.

For complete information on the Clinical Research Challenge, visit


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