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ACCP Report - July 2020

2020 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge: All Competition Rounds Will Be Held Virtually

Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

ACCP’s novel pharmacy student team competition returns for its 11th season. Because of the impact of COVID-19, all rounds of the 2020 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge will be held online. The updated schedule is as follows:

• September 8, 2020 Team Registration Deadline
• September 10, 2020 Online Round 1 (All eligible teams compete)
• September 14, 2020 Online Round 2 (Top 64 teams compete)
• September 16, 2020 Online Round 3 (Top 32 teams compete)
• September 18, 2020 Online Round 4 (Top 16 teams compete)
• September 21, 2020 Quarterfinal Teams Announced
• October 12, 2020 Quarterfinal Round (Online)
• October 14, 2020 Semifinal Round (Online)
• October 16, 2020 Final Round (Online)


Competition Overview

The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition in which teams of three students compete with teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a “quiz bowl” format. Only one team per institution can enter the competition. Institutions with branch campuses, distance/satellite campuses, and/or several interested teams are encouraged to conduct a local competition. ACCP provides a local competition exam that institutions can use in selecting their team. Faculty members interested in using the exam can send an e-mail request to Michelle Kucera, Pharm.D., BCPS, at

Each round consists of questions offered in the three distinct segments indicated below. Item content used in each segment has been developed and reviewed by an expert panel of clinical pharmacy practitioners and educators.

  • Trivia/Lightning
  • Clinical Case
  • Jeopardy-style

Teams in the 2020 competition that advance to the quarterfinal round will each receive three complimentary student full-meeting registrations for the virtual Annual Meeting to be held in October. Each team member will receive an ACCP gift certificate for $125 and a certificate of recognition. In addition, semifinal teams not advancing to the final round will receive a semifinal team plaque for display at their institution. The second-place team will receive a $750 cash award ($250 to each member) and a commemorative team plaque. The winning team will receive a $1500 cash award ($500 to each member), and each team member will receive a commemorative plaque. A team trophy will be awarded to the winning institution.

Students are not required to be members of ACCP to participate. Team registration may be submitted online and must be initiated by a current faculty member at the respective institution. Students interested in forming a team should contact their ACCP faculty liaison. If no ACCP faculty liaison has been identified, any faculty member from the institution can initiate the registration process. The registering faculty member must confirm the eligibility of all team members and/or alternates online before a team will be permitted to compete in the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The deadline to complete team registration and confirm eligibility for the 2020 competition is September 8, 2020.

For more information on the 2020 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, including the competition schedule, sample items, and FAQ section, please click here.