essica Golden and Amy Pennington are this year's winners
of the Clinical Skills Competition. They will be representing Auburn at
the national competition in Orlando, Florida at the ASHP Midyear
Clinical Meeting on December 6, 2008.
Background of Competition
Students work in self-selected pairs and
are given a case study which reflects actual clinical scenarios that
pharmacists may encounter in any patient care setting. The team has 2
hours to identify acute & chronic medical problems, construct a drug
therapy problem list, and develop a pharmacistís care plan. Each team
is required to justify their care plan in a 10 minute oral
presentation (5 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions). Teams
are evaluated on accuracy,
relevance, and completeness of their written information, as well as the
oral defense of their care plan.
The Auburn Competition
The in-house competition took place on Tuesday October 14th and was sponsored by the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (AUSSHP)
The competition was also held in Mobile for interested parties located
on that campus. Competing teams were encouraged to review the practice case
(2007 competition case) with answers and copies of the forms used in the competition to familiarize
themselves with the process.
Amy and Jessica gained experience competing last year and that,
they say, prepared them to compete again this year. They were given a
case which involved many disease states but the patientís primary
problem was chronic persistent asthma. They also received the
equivalent of a patientís chart as well as a description of the
patient's most current visit.
They had 2 hours to evaluate the patient, conduct the necessary research
and prepare their submission. Amy said, "Rotations have taught us to be
concise and succinct, but we found it time consuming to make sure all
the details of our thought processes were accounted for on our written
assessment and plan."
However there was no time set aside specifically to prepare for the oral
presentation. Jessica and Amy each shared in the 2 minutes oral
presentation and felt it was more difficult than the brief Q&A session
that followed. Since they had spent 2 hours researching the details of
the disease state; the questions gave them an opportunity to explain
their reasoning for the plan they chose.
Both Amy and Jessica felt that the IP and rotation experiences had
prepared them for taking questions. "IP taught us how to recognize the
details of a disease state," said Amy, "the goals of therapy and the
specific monitoring recommendations." "Our clinical rotations have
required us to explain our recommendations to other practitioners," said
Jessica, "and prepared us for the oral argument."
At the Finals
Amy and Jessica will have to start from scratch with a totally new
case in the finals, but the format will be similar to the Auburn
competition. For instance, the finals case will encompass multiple
disease states, some acute and some chronic, as well as health
maintenance and economic issues. Both Amy and Jessica say there is no
way to prepare specifically for the disease states; past cases have
dealt with everything from chemotherapy to diabetes. They feel the best
way to prepare is to know how to use the available resources and apply
the skills of assessing and planning for a patientís problems.
Both Amy and Jessica have a message for all their supporters: "We
are really excited to have the opportunity to represent Auburn at the
national competition and hope we can make Auburn proud."
Congratulations to Amy and Jessica. We
know you'll do well and we wish you luck in the finals in December.