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Writing Up a Challenge

Published on 06 October 2015

The pressure can be intense. A team of three pharmacy students has just five minutes to answer 15 multiple choice questions. After that, they have eight minutes to read a short case study and answer five questions. Their final test is a Jeopardy-style quiz lasting 12 minutes. In less than a half-hour, teams from across the country complete the annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge.

This year, St. Louis College of Pharmacy professors, Andy Crannage, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice; Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Abby Yancey, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, have been recognized for contributing to the Challenge’s test. Each wrote questions relating to their area of specialty.

“Students in these competitions are very intelligent,” says Dr. Andy Crannage. “They need to be challenged and learn how to think quickly and accurately because that is what they will face in their practice settings.”

Every year, STLCOP students are coached and prepped to compete against other colleges of pharmacy. The quarterfinals of this year’s competition will take place on Oct.17 at the ACCP Annual Meeting.

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