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2020 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge: Are You Ready?

Important Announcement Regarding ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Local Examination:
Virtual Local Examination Permitted

Due to the impact of COVID-19 across the nation, most if not all pharmacy schools are engaged in distance learning. As such, conducting a “live” local competition to select your Institution’s team to compete in the 2020 Clinical Pharmacy Challenge this fall presents its own challenge.

Institutions may use an online platform of your choosing to conduct a virtual local exam. ACCP would require that the virtual platform/program you choose would not allow the students to maintain continued access to the test items after they complete the exam. As in previous years, faculty liaisons may review answers with students after the exam but, those students should not be permitted to keep a printed or virtual copy of the exam or exam key until after the team registration deadline (September 8, 2020).

Only a non-programmable calculator may be used, no other additional printed or virtual resources may be used during the examination. ACCP requests institutions an attestation statement be added to your online platform requiring the student or student team to affirm that no additional resources other than a non-programmable calculator were used during the exam.

Only a non-programmable calculator may be used, no other additional printed or virtual resources may be used during the examination. ACCP requests institutions an attestation statement be added to your online platform requiring the student or student team to affirm that no additional resources other than a non-programmable calculator were used during the exam. ACCP will monitor events related to COVID-19 going forward and will communicate any additional updates relevant to the 2020 Clinical Pharmacy Challenge schedule and logistics. If you have any questions regarding the above or would like to request a copy of the Local Challenge Exam, please contact Michelle Kucera, Pharm.D.,BCPS at mkucera@accp.com.

Competition Overview

The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition. Teams of three students will compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a “quiz bowl”–type format. Only one team per institution may enter the competition. Institutions with branch campuses, distance satellites, or more than one interested team are encouraged to conduct a local competition.

Preliminary rounds of the national competition will be conducted virtually in August and September. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be held live at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas October 24-26, 2020.

Each round will consist 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

Each team advancing to the quarterfinal round held at the ACCP Annual Meeting will receive three complimentary student full meeting registrations. Each team member will receive an ACCP gift certificate for $125 and a certificate of recognition. In addition to the above, 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 may 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 is September 8, 2020.

Registration opens 3/9/20.

Competition Schedule

Online rounds of the competition will be open from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (EDT). A team must access and complete its examination within this period.

March 9, 2020 Team Registration Opens; Local Competition Written Examination Available by Request
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)

 

For more information on the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, please click on the links below:

Sample Questions
Sample Answers

For additional Information or questions, please contact Michelle L. Kucera, Pharm.D., BCPS at mkucera@accp.com