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ACCP Research Challenge Provides Unique Opportunity

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

A trio of students from the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy will participate in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Research Challenge next month, a competition that will provide them a chance to attend ACCP’s annual meeting.

The Clinical Research Challenge, which is new this year, is a team-based competition in which competitors will have 72 hours to review a piece of drug literature and take an online examination related to the article. 

Teams that place in the top 20 after the first round will advance to the second round, where they will be given four weeks to complete a research proposal focused on a clinical topic involving a disease or pharmaceutical drug therapy. 

The top three teams will receive free registration to the ACCP’s annual meeting, a cash prize of $125-1,500, depending on the placement and an opportunity to present their research during a poster presentation at the 2016 ACCP annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

First-year professional pharmacy student Nic Rudy (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) and second-year professional pharmacy students Stephanie Cailor (Lilburn, Georgia) and Aric Carroll (Hillsboro, Ohio), will represent Cedarville in the national competition. 

The team will be supervised by a pair of Cedarville University professors, Emily Laswell, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Zach Jenkins, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

“Our role in this competition is to register the students who are interested, proctor the online journal club portion of the competition and answer questions the students have related to competition rules and regulations,” Laswell said.

The competition will officially begin on Feb. 8 with the first round. A week later, the announcement of the top 20 teams and the start of the second round will take place.

“This is the first year that ACCP is holding this competition and it provides a great opportunity for our students,” Laswell said. “The chance to attend the ACCP annual meeting and present their research design as a poster presentation would be a great opportunity for our students.”

For more information about ACCP and the Clinical Research Challenge, visit

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