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Clarion Competition

What is the Clarion Case Competition?

Interprofessional teams of students compete by presenting a root cause analysis of a fictitious sentinel event to a panel of senior-level health executives. Students compete at a local level and the winning team goes on to the national competition. The competition provides students with an opportunity to focus on issues of quality and patient safety in healthcare.

Local case competition

The local team competition was held March 2, 2019, at the Health Science Center Bryan campus in the Health Professions Education Building. Three interprofessional student teams presented a root cause analysis on an assigned case titled "Home is Where the Health Is" to address the homeless population issues in Hennepin County in Minnesota. The winning team, which will go on to represent the HSC at the National Competition on April 12-13, 2019, was comprised of medical student Soumya Pathuri (M3), nursing student Macy Anderson (2nd Degree BSN), and public health student Travis Burdick (MPH). Dr. Jerry Carrino from the School of Public Health will be accompanying the team to Minnesota as their faculty advisor.

Read more about the local competition on Vital Record

National case competition

The local winning team moved on to represent the Texas A&M Health Science Center at the National Clarion Competition held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 12-13, 2019. This team presented to the national competition judges and won 3rd place! There were a total of 17 teams that participated in the National competition. 2019 winners of the National Competition were 1st place: University of Illinois at Chicago; 2nd place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and 3rd place: Texas A&M University Health Science Center. 

The top three teams in the National Case Competition won the Premier Richard Norling Scholarships:

1st place: $7500 team scholarship

2nd place: $5000 team scholarship

3rd place: $2500 team scholarship

The following universities participated in the competition:

Universities that participated in National Competition
Army-Baylor University University of Minnesota
Brigham Young University University of Missouri
Des Moines University and Drake University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical University of South Carolina University of South Florida
MGH Institute of Health Professions University of the Incarnate Word
Texas A&M Health Science Center Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Arizona Washington University in Saint Louis
University of Florida Wichita State University and the University of Kansas
University of Illinois at Chicago  

Competition Details

Team Composition and Rules

Four students per team - no more than two students from the same profession.

Must represent at least two different professions:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work
  • + any other medically-related field

Participants must be full-time students at the institution they represent.

Participants may only compete once. Teams must be comprised of new participants annually. National participants can send only one team to the competition.

Case Details

The case will be presented in a digital format that incorporates significant Triple Aim issues.

  • Teams will have 20 minutes to present their case to judges with a 10 minute Q&A with judges.
  • A case example can be found on the UMN website.
  • A case presentation from a previous winner can be found on YouTube.