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MUSC team places second at interprofessional event

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MUSC’s interprofessional student team of Louisa Phillips, from left, Jenny Harmon, , Tariq Rashid and Joseph Harmon join faculty advisor Dr. Cynthia Wright, second left, gather after placing second at the National CLARION Competition.

A student team composed of Louisa Phillips and Tariq Rashid (Medicine), Jenny Harmon (Graduate Studies), and Joseph Harmon (Health Professions) placed second at the CLARION National Case Competition at the University of Minnesota, April 11-12.

The CLARION Competition consists of teams of four students who are given a medical patient case study on which to perform a root cause analysis detailing what went wrong in that case. Teams are organized with no more than two student representatives from the same profession on each team.

Like her peers, medical student Louisa Phillips was pleased with the results, and the team experience everyone shared while preparing for the local and national competitions. “There is a really strong push toward teamwork in all of our programs, but really, it just makes so much sense,” Phillips said.

Team faculty advisor Cynthia Wright, Ph.D., College of Graduate Studies, coached this year’s team and found the experience to be both rewarding and invaluable. “I watched the team as they refined their presentation from the first draft to the final, polished performance. They did an amazing job and I would encourage all faculty to consider becoming involved.”

Although the patient case had clinical components, the case featured  elements from a variety of health professions and led up to a sentinel event. Through this process, students discovered how a team approach rather than an individual approach can contribute to improved responses. Each team was given the same patient case, written by faculty from the University of Minnesota and shared with all schools competing in the competition. Student teams are instructed to create a presentation analyzing the case and asked to give quality improvement recommendations using a multidisciplinary approach.

MUSC hosted nine teams in its local competition and the winning team moved forward to compete at the national competition at the University of Minnesota where 11 teams presented to a panel of judges, who evaluated using real–world standards of practice.

As a result of the team’s win, the group will share a $5,000 Richard Norling Premier Scholarship.


May 9, 2014



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