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SWOSU Students Advance to National Clinical Skills Competition

November 7, 2013

Clinical Skills Competition
Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy students Jonathan Willett of Stillwater and Jessica Favalora of Altus teamed up to win a clinical skills competition on the Weatherford campus and will now compete at the national competition in December.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy students Jessica Favalora of Altus and Jonathan Willett of Stillwater teamed up to win a clinical skills competition on the Weatherford campus and will now compete at the national level December 8-12 in Orlando (FL).

Ten teams consisting of 20 third and fourth year pharmacy students competed in the annual SWOSU competition, hosted by the Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The clinical skills competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. The teams are given a patient case to evaluate. The team has a certain amount of time 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.

For winning, Favalora and Willett received an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Second place winners were Bryan Bozell of Clinton and Nik Stajduhar of Colleyville (TX), who each received a $25 gift card. Kara Connelly of Kansas City (MO) and Felicia Neparko of Clinton finished third and each won a $10 gift card. 

Drs. Tiffany Kessler and Edna Patatanian volunteered their time to judge the competition. Faculty sponsors of the ASHP at SWOSU are Kessler and Nancy Williams.

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