Pharmacy Challenge Team Finds National Success

by Brenna Zuranski, Public Relations Writer

A team of students from Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy placed in the top 16 in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge earlier this month. Each round consisted of three segments of questions based on topics including pharmacology, biostatistics, emergency medicine, etc.

Cedarville’s students began their quest for the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge title on Sept. 8, and successfully advanced through four rounds of online competition before the team was eliminated on Sept. 17. The quarterfinal round will be held at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, on Oct. 22.
The team consisted of three students, Jordan Long, from Chillicothe, Ohio; Cara Toms, from Castalia, Ohio; and Sarah Myers, from Lancaster, Ohio, each in their final year of the doctoral pharmacy program. Emily Laswell, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was the team’s adviser.

“Competing in the challenge was a phenomenal experience,” said Long, the team’s leader. “To be among the top schools in the country is an honor.”

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy curriculum takes on a team based learning approach, where students are placed in small groups to study, conduct case studies and practice patient care. This affords them the ability to succeed in situations such as the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge.

“The students certainly exceeded my expectations,” said Laswell. “They did a great job working together and learning from each other during the competition. I believe the students will benefit from this experience.”

Long attributes his ability to participate in the challenge to the high academic standards his professors hold him to. 

“Some of the questions were very difficult in this competition, but we felt well prepared to answer them because of the knowledge we gained in our classes. We hope that our pharmacy students continue to compete in the competition, and in doing so, represent Christ and Cedarville well.”

For more information on the competition and rules, visit AACP's website.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.