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SWOSU College of Pharmacy Students Finish in Top 10 of National Competition

December 10, 2012

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Robyn Dowdy (left) of Broken Arrow and Lucy Ramon of Mustang represented the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in a Clinical Skills competition at the mid-year meeting of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Dowdy and Ramon placed in the top 10 out of 120 colleges of pharmacy that competed.

Two College of Pharmacy students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford recently placed in the top 10 of a national competition.

Robyn Dowdy of Broken Arrow and Lucy Ramon of Mustang represented SWOSU in a Clinical Skills competition at the mid-year meeting of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists held in Las Vegas. A total of 120 colleges of pharmacy were represented in the competition.

Dr. Nancy Toedter Williams, associate dean for clinical programs at SWOSU, said it is believed the top 10 finish is the best-ever finish by a SWOSU team.

As a top 10 finalist team, Dowdy and Ramon advanced to the final round and participated in the oral presentation component of the contest.  They each received an iPod Touch and a subscription to ASHP’s PharmPrep online board exam preparatory tool.

The Clinical Skills Competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. The way the competition works is that the students are in teams of two, and they are given a patient case to evaluate. The team has two hours to make clinical recommendations of how to optimize the patient’s medications, determine what kind of monitoring they would do and what medications they would start or stop.

Within the two hours, students must read through their case, determine the disease state, rank the patient’s medical problems, develop a treatment plan and handwrite their plan for the judges. Williams said this is a high-pressure situation for competitors.

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