Pharmacy students shine in national competition

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | December 31, 2013

Image with caption: Caroline Jamison and Ashley (Paseka) Schenk

Caroline Jamison and Ashley (Paseka) Schenk

Caroline Jamison and Ashley (Paseka) Schenk, students in the College of Pharmacy, recently advanced to the national finals in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition (CSC).

The national contest was held Dec. 7-8 at the ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

More than 120 schools and colleges of pharmacy took part in the national contest, and the UNMC team of Jamison and Schenk finished in the top 10. They were the only third-year pharmacy students to make the national finals.

According to the ASHP's website, the CSC is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care.

On the first day, the students wrote a pharmaceutical treatment plan based on a video of a physician and a pharmacist consulting on a patient who came in with COPD -- but who actually also unknowingly had multiple myeloma cancer.

After advancing through the written round of the competition, the top 10 finalists made final oral presentations during an open session. They had to defend their initial recommendations and answer questions from a panel of judges.

Jamison and Schenk each won access to ASHP's PharmPrep Online, a case-based board preparatory tool and an iPad Mini device preloaded with a one-year subscription to Lexi-Complete" with AHFS Essentials".

Patrick Fuller, Pharm.D, pharmacy staff development coordinator and PGY1 residency program director at The Nebraska Medical Center, and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice, also attended the event.

"They represented the college at the highest professional level," Dr. Fuller said.

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Jeff Baldwin
December 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Well done, Caroline and Ashley! Especially noteworthy that you were the only P3 level students achieving a top 10 finish. Perhaps you could coach the Husker football team to a similar finish next year?? ;-)

Laurey Steinke
December 31, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Congratulations to Ashley and Caroline! I am pleased, but not at all surprised, by their success. They are both fine students with good analytical skills.