Hannah Green and Ethan Gerrald, students at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy, reached the finals of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The competition finals were held at the 2018 ACCP Global Conference, taking place October 20-23 in Seattle.
The MUSC team was part of a record-setting field of 117 teams, advancing through four online rounds in September to the Elite Eight teams who competed in person during two live rounds in Seattle. The finals took place October 22 and the MUSC team came in second behind the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.
“It was very nerve racking and a roller coaster of emotion!” said Gerrald, a fourth-year student pharmacist. “It was such a phenomenal experience competing and challenging ourselves with such challenging questions! It legit tested every aspect of our pharmacy knowledge and experiences.”
The team’s run to the finals represents the highest finish MUSC has had in the national competition, which was launched in 2010.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Hannah and Ethan, as well as their faculty coach Jean Nappi,” said Philip Hall, dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy. “It’s a highly competitive event that draws teams from all over the country and to reach the finals is a testament to their hard work and preparation.”