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Students Take First Place in National Skills Contest

photoTamara Spraker and Sijy Mathew, both P-4 students, took top honors in the nationwide Student Clinical Skills Competition at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists mid-year meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

The UT team placed first among all student teams representing the 102 U.S. colleges of pharmacy competing for the award.  The award winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 6.

The Clinical Skills Competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists to help patients make the best use of their medications.  Local competitions are held each fall on college campuses around the nation.   Winners of the local competitions advance to the national competition at the ASHP's mid-year clinical meeting.

Spraker and Mathew are members of the UT Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

Dr. Jim Karboski is faculty sponsor of the group.  He is coordinator of the local TSHP competition and has served on the national panel for the competition for the past 10 years.

"This competition calls upon students to assess a complicated patient profile and determine the best care plan," said Karboski. "They must prepare a written care plan and then defend their decisions and answer questions posed by a panel of expert judges. Our students nailed it. I'm very proud of them."

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