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ACCP Report - November 2018

University of Rhode Island Team Crowned 2018 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Champion

2018 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Championship Team: University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.
Pictured left to right: Dr. John Murphy (moderator), Alex Chernov, Aidan Fischer, and Andrew Webb.

The three-member team from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy captured the 2018 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge title in an exciting back-and-forth match against the team from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy. From an initial field of 117 teams, these two institutions advanced through four online rounds of competition as well as live quarterfinal and semifinal matches to face each other in the final round held Monday, October 22, at the ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington.

The Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, now in its ninth year, affords teams of three pharmacy students the opportunity to compete in a “quiz bowl”–type competition. Each round of competition consists of three segments: Trivia Lightning, Clinical Case, and Jeopardy-style items. Items are written and reviewed by an expert panel of ACCP members.

A large and enthusiastic crowd of ACCP Global Conference attendees gathered to cheer on both teams in the final round match. Representing Team Rhode Island were Aidan Fischer (team leader), Andrew Webb, and Alex Chernov. Team MUSC was represented by Ethan Gerrald and Hannah Green. The two teams battled back and forth in the Trivia Lightning segment of the match; however, during the clinical case section, Rhode Island pulled ahead with a strong performance. The final section of the match was the Jeopardy-style round in which the teams were presented 15 items (three items of 100, 200, or 300 points) in each of the following categories: Cardiovascular Disorders, Men’s Health, Psychiatry, Potpourri, and Rheumatology. The teams made strategic choices as they navigated the Jeopardy grid, selecting the item categories they felt would match their own unique strengths, with Team Rhode Island emerging victorious at the end.

Please join ACCP in congratulating the teams from both universities on their outstanding academic achievement. To view a complete list of the teams that participated and progressed through each round of this year’s competition, please visit


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