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ACCP Clinical Research Challenge: A New Opportunity for Excellence

Clinical Research Challenge

ACCP is pleased to announce the return of the Clinical Research Challenge (CRC). This novel competition is targeted towards pharmacy students in their first two years of their first professional pharmacy degree program (P1 and P2 students for 4 year programs; P1 and P2 students for 3 year accelerated programs and the first two professional years of 0-6 or 0-7 year programs). Critically evaluating and applying primary literature is an essential skill for clinical pharmacists. Research and scholarship contributes to improved health outcomes for patients and advancements in the profession of clinical pharmacy. This innovative and unique competition offers teams of three pharmacy students to participate in an online journal club, and the opportunity to submit a letter of intent and a clinical research proposal. Plan now to participate in 2018.

2018 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge (CRC): Special Announcement

The 2018 ACCP CRC Online Round Journal Club Examination will be based on the following literature:

Tai Vicky, Leung William, Grey Andrew, Reid Ian R, Bolland Mark J. Calcium intake and bone mineral density: systematic review and meta-analysis: BMJ 2015; 351:h4183. Including all Supplementary Appendices accompanying said article.

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Each team is responsible for obtaining the chosen literature and obeying all copyright constraints.

Online Journal Club Technical Support:

Please be advised that the ACCP office will close at 5:00 p.m. CST on February 12. If you need any assistance after 5:00 p.m., please direct your questions Jon Poynter at

When e-mailing, please use the following subject header in your message: ACCP STUDENT COMPETITION SUPPORT. You will receive a reply within 15 minutes of your initial request.

As a reminder, teams can access the competition portal on February 12 from 7:00 A.M. to 11:59 PM EDT. Your team must sign in and complete the online examination within this time period. The registering faculty member or student team leader must sign your team in to access the competition portal. To access the portal, please use the following steps:

  1. The registering faculty member or student team leader must sign in to the ACCP Web site by entering their e-mail address and password (if you do not remember your password please use our password reminder system.
  2. Once signed in, select the link called “Clinical Research Challenge Journal Club Portal” from the My Links section of your My Account page.
  3. You will be directed to the Online Competition Portal home page.

Competition Overview

The ACCP Clinical Research Challenge is a team-based competition. Teams of three students will compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide in an online format. All eligible teams will have the opportunity to compete in Round 1: Online Journal Club. Teams achieving the top 40 scores after Round 1 will advance to Round 2: Letter of Intent Submission. In the event of any ties, the top 40 scores will be determined by the time required to complete the online journal club exam. All examinations will be time stamped. Time spent viewing instructional pages will NOT count toward your total examination time. The teams advancing to Round 2 will be given a clinically focused research question and have 2 ½ weeks to develop and submit a Letter of Intent online following the criteria outlined here.

Teams achieving the top 20 scores after the LOI round will be advanced to Round 3: Research Protocol design and invited to submit a complete research proposal. Teams will be notified regarding their status to participate in Round 3 via email by March 23, 2018. Proposals are due at 11:59 PM CST April 20, 2018. For more information click here.

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.

The teams with the top three research proposal submissions are requested to present their research design during a poster session at the 2018 Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. In addition, each member of said teams will receive a complimentary Global Conference student meeting registration and a cash prize. Click here for additional prize information.

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 ACCP faculty liaison has been identified, another 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 7, 2018.

Competition Schedule
November 6, 2017 Local Journal Club Competition Exam Released
November 2017-February 2018 Local Competitions Held at Individual Institutions
February 7, 2018 Team Registration Deadline
February 9, 2018 Article Title of Round 1: Online Journal Club Released
February 12, 2018 Round 1: Online Journal Club Competition (Exam portal open 7AM – midnight Eastern time)
February 14, 2018 Top 40 Teams advance to Round 2: Letter of Intent(LOI) announced and given access to LOI Development Portal
March 2, 2018 LOI Submission Due. Deadline (11:59 PM CST) for eligible teams to post documents to LOI Development Portal
March 2-23, 2018 Review of LOI Proposals by CRC Research Protocol Committee
March 23, 2018 Top 20 Teams advance to Round 3: Research Protocol Development (RPD) announced and given access to RPD portal
March 23-April 20, 2018 Top 20 teams draft full research proposals.
April 20, 2018 Deadline for Proposal Submissions 11:59 PM CST
April 20 -June 8, 2018 Review of CRC Proposals by Research Protocol Review Committee and Competition Oversight Panel
June 11, 2018 Winners Announced

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

Sample Journal Club Questions | Sample Answers

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