Four Shenandoah University students participated in the 2015 CLARION National Case Competition, held at The University of Minnesota, on April 17 and 18. This is the first year that Shenandoah has sent a team to the national competition.
Second-year physical therapy student Krista Eskey, second-year occupational therapy student Sarah Marshall and second-year physician assistant studies student Rebekah Payne, the winners of Shenandoah’s first-ever Inter-professional Case Competition, along with second-year pharmacy student Spencer Blohowiak represented the university at the national competition. The full video of their presentation is available here.
According to the CLARION National Case Competition website, “Issues of quality and patient safety in health care have received national attention since a report released by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 indicated that as many as 98,000 people in America may die each year due to medical errors. With a lack of communication being cited as one possible cause of these errors, interprofessional education has come to the forefront of health care curricula everywhere.”
The national competition enables students “to achieve a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today’s health care system and how it might be improved.” Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice.