Harding University

December 7, 2011

Pharmacy students place second in national competition

Students in the College of Pharmacy placed second in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Clinical Skills Competition Saturday, Dec. 3. This year’s competition, held in New Orleans, hosted teams from 114 schools across the nation.

Each year, the CSC is held at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. This meeting is the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world. Last year it attracted more than 4,500 students. The competition is a team-based exercise that challenges participants to analyze and solve a clinical case. Teams are given a scenario to address, and, within a certain amount of time, they must use resources that would be available to pharmacists to help patients make the best use of their medications. 

Fourth year pharmacy students Mallory Garfield of Kingman, Ariz., and Janice McKean of Searcy represented Harding University and received second place for their presentation. Diana Park, a fourth year pharmacy student from Tujunga, Calif., served as emcee of the awards ceremony. Park is a member of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee and was a speaker during the conference for the Student Leaders Workshop.

Prior to the national competition, Garfield and McKean, along with many other students from the College of Pharmacy, participated in a school-wide competition to qualify at the national level. Students selected a partner and competed in a competition similar to the CSC. The winning team, Garfield and McKean, was chosen to represent Harding in New Orleans.

“They have both been student leaders throughout their time in the College of Pharmacy and have worked hard in preparing for the clinical skills competition,” Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, dean of the College of Pharmacy said. “By placing second in the ASHP competition, they have demonstrated the ability of Harding student pharmacists to be successful and competitive on a national stage against peers from schools and colleges of pharmacy across the country.”