UA Health Sciences Students Win Spot in National CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition

Three interprofessional teams of University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) students competed in the 4th annual CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition. The case competition is an opportunity for students to gain clinical and operational knowledge that may not otherwise be received through their formal education. The 2019 case focused on homelessness and healthcare, with real-world challenges relating to the health care system and how it might be improved. The case is analyzed by team members who present a root-cause analysis, and mentors provide guidance and technical support. 

The winning UAHS team from the March 15 UAHS CLARION Case Competition will compete in the National CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition, April 12 – 13.  The team will travel to Minneapolis, MN to represent the University of Arizona.  UA is one of 16 universities across the nation participating in this elite competition, which is designed to encourage communication among disciplines, especially early on in the careers of health-care professionals, so the values may be carried into practice after graduation. Finalists will have a chance to win a grand prize of $7,500.

The members of the UAHS first place team are:
Lisa Floran, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Belle Soyfer, UA College of Pharmacy
Alexandra Roder, UA College of Nursing

The winning team was mentored by Karen Butterbaugh, University of Arizona College of Nursing.

The second-place team members were Nina Amelia, UA College of Pharmacy, Paulina Ramos, UA College of Medicine, Tucson, Michelle Scott, UA College of Nursing and Elise Phalen, UA College of Law. Their mentors were Arjetta Pace, UA College of Nursing and Dr. Francine Gachupin, UA Cancer Center.

The third-place team members were Morgan Frank, UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, Logan Moore and Max Jacobsen, both from UA College of Pharmacy. Their mentor was Dr. Terri Warholak, UA College of Pharmacy.

The UAHS local competition and the winning team’s travel are supported by the UA Center for Transformative Interprofessional Healthcare.

The event was judged by Dr. LeeAnne Denny, UA College of Medicine, Phoenix, Dr. Ted Tong, UA College of Pharmacy and Dr. Connie Miller, UA College of Nursing.

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