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ACCP Report - April 2019

2019 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge: Round 3 – Research Proposal Submission Under Way

Clinical Research Challenge

ACCP is pleased to announce that competition is under way in the fourth 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 2 professional years of their degree program) an opportunity to compete and advance through three rounds of competition. The competition began February 11 with a record-setting 89 teams participating in round 1: The Online Journal Club. 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 with the top 40 scores advanced to round 2: Letter of Intent (LOI) submission. These teams were given a clinically focused research question and had 2½ weeks to develop and submit a letter of intent following the criteria outlined here. The LOI submissions were evaluated by the CRC Review and Oversight panels. Teams who achieved the top 20 scores then advanced to round 3 and will submit a full research proposal that is based on their LOI submission and that incorporates the feedback from the reviewers. This year’s team proposal submissions, due April 19, will then be evaluated by the CRC Review and Oversight panels. Winners will be announced by June 8. To view a list of teams participating in each round of the competition, please click here.

For complete information on the Clinical Research Challenge, visit