By Roby Hill
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
When Jacqui Pratt decided to enroll at the South Carolina College of
Pharmacy, she didn't expect to see snow in April.
But then Katherine
Schichtel asked her to participate in the Clarion 2011
Interprofessional Team Case Competition. And then the team of Schichtel
and Hailey James, both students in health administration, Ted James in
medicine and Pratt in pharmacy won the MUSC campus competition.
And then they were in
Minneapolis for the national competition. In the snow.
Students Hailey James, from left,
Ted James, Jacqui Pratt and Katherine Schichtel placed second in the
national Clarion competition April 16 held in Minnesota.
CLinician/Administrator Relationship Improvement OrganizatioN—is a
University of Minnesota student organization created to improve health
care through interprofessional collaboration.
"They asked me how cold it
got in Charleston, and I said it got to about 20," said Pratt, a
first-year student at the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of
Pharmacy. "They weren't impressed with our temperature range."
They were impressed with
the MUSC team. On April 16, the team took second place and $5,000 in
the Clarion competition. The team's faculty advisor was Del Schutte,
M.D., although Dave Morrisette, Ph.D., accompanied the team to the
national competition. A team from the University of Missouri won first
place and $7,500; the third place finish went to a team from Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center.
Since 2005, Clarion has
hosted a national competition with teams of four students in at least
two disciplines presenting a root cause analysis in the context of real
world standards of practice. MUSC has been participating since 2007,
when a team from MUSC also placed second.
"We were supposed to act
like a consulting team presenting to a board at a hospital and give
them our recommendations on how to handle a specific case study," Pratt
All teams were given the
case study in January. Eleven teams entered the preliminary competition
at MUSC in March and judges selected the top three, which then competed
for the chance to go to the national competition.
The competition was
created in response to the Institute of Medicine report released in
1999 that indicated as many as 98,000 people in America may die each
year due to medical errors. MUSC has been a leader in interprofessional
initiatives and has its own interprofessional department, Creating
Collaborative Care, which utilizes case studies and collaborative root
cause analysis within classes and other campus activities.
"I was actually more
nervous when we were competing at MUSC," said Pratt. "It was in a big
auditorium with a lot more people. When we presented there, it was
smaller and I didn't know anybody in the room, and we had done it so
many times, we were pretty relaxed."
Based on an actual event,
the case study involved two patient deaths related to a physician
overprescribing narcotics. Pratt's team met regularly to discuss the