CLARION Competition

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 2:45pm

Register:   Information Sessions   |   Free Workshops   |   Orientation

2018 Information Sessions

These meetings provide an overview of the local and national competition. Interested students may register for a team while at an information session. These sessions will be available online for UA students from other campuses.

Friday, October 26th – 12:30-1:00 p.m. in CON 470   &   2:00-2:30 p.m. in College of Nursing room 470

Friday, November 9th – 12:30-1:00 p.m. in CON 470    &   2:00-2:30 p.m. in College of Nursing room 470

Put the “Pro” Back into Proposal – Free Workshop

This free lecture is optional and led by mentors of the 2017 CLARION national championship team, who will share strategies for presenting a winning proposal. They will discuss “root cause analysis”, presentation tips, and best practices when creating an appendix.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. (in College of Nursing room 470)

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2 p.m. (in College of Nursing room 470)

MANDATORY Orientation Session (Friday, 2/1/2019) and Competition (Friday, March 15, 2019)

Registered participants will be introduced to their team members and mentors, receive the official 2018 case study, a copy of rules and regulations, plus information on past case examples.

Times TBD. The time of the Orientation and Competition will be coordinated with participants schedules.


The CLARION competition is a student-driven initiative at the University of Minnesota; which focuses on the professional development of health science students and includes lessons in leadership, teamwork, communication, analytical reasoning, conflict-resolution, and business practices. The University of Minnesota health has held this elite national interprofessional case competition since 2005.

Each year, a specific case study is designed to challenge teams in solving particular problems. Participation in CLARION leads students to a more sophisticated understanding of the healthcare system in which they will practice. Interprofessional teams of four students are composed of at least two different professions, and no more than two students may be from the same profession.  The teams present a root cause analysis of a fictitious sentinel event to a panel of senior-level interprofessional health executives. Cases are analyzed by the team members only, and their mentors provide guidance, technical support.  The cases are fictitious with real-world challenges relating patient safety in to health care system and how it might be improved. The highly complex cases, and incorporate triple aim issues.

Through this competition, each team member was reminded of the importance of interprofessional collaboration to improving health care and patient safety in a complex healthcare environment. Furthermore, the positive experience as an interprofessional team demonstrated that communication and problem solving across professions is possible and necessary.

Event Location: 
CON 470
Contact Info: 
Margie Arnett, M.S.