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ACCP Clinical Research Challenge: Local Competition Exam Available

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Clinical Research Challenge

Clinical Research Challenge

Critically evaluating and applying primary literature is an essential skill for clinical pharmacists. Research and scholarship contributes to improved health outcomes for patients and advances in the profession of clinical pharmacy. This innovative and unique competition offers teams of three pharmacy students the opportunity to participate in an online journal club and the chance to submit a clinical research proposal.

Teams of three students will compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide in an online format. This novel competition is targeted toward pharmacy students pursuing their first professional pharmacy degree and graduating in 2018 or 2019 (program years 1 and 2 for most schools). All eligible teams will have the opportunity to compete in round 1: Online Journal Club. Teams achieving the top 20 scores will advance to round 2: Research Protocol Development. The teams advancing to round 2 will be given a clinically focused research question and have 4 weeks to develop and submit a research proposal online following the criteria outlined here.

The teams with the top three research proposal submissions are requested to present their research design during a poster session at the 2016 ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. In addition, each member of said teams will receive a complimentary Annual Meeting registration and a cash prize. Click here for additional prize information.

Only one team per institution can enter the competition. Institutions with branch campuses, distance satellites, or more than one interested team are encouraged to conduct a local competition. ACCP provides a written examination that institutions may use as a basis for their local competition, if they so desire. This examination is now available and may be requested by the ACCP faculty liaison or registering faculty member by e-mail. Please address your e-mail request to Michelle Kucera, Pharm.D., BCPS, at mkucera@accp.com. Students are not required to be members of ACCP to participate. Team registration should 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 faculty liaison has been identified, any faculty member from the institution may initiate the registration process. The registering faculty member must confirm the eligibility of all team members online before a team will be permitted to compete in the Clinical Research Challenge.

The deadline to complete team registration and confirm eligibility is February 3, 2016. For additional competition information, including the schedule, FAQs, and sample questions, click here.