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Clarion Competition

What is the Clarion Case Competition about?

Issues of quality and patient safety in health care have received national attention since a report released by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 indicated that as many as 98,000 people in America may die each year due to medical errors. With a lack of communication being cited as one possible cause of these errors, interprofessional education has come to the forefront of health care curricula everywhere.

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 and will be released by the University of Minnesota and available for local teams in January 2018. 


A health system profile leading to a sentinel event

  • Content: The case is written by University of Minnesota faculty members from within the Academic Health Center


  • Teams will have 20 minutes to present their case to judges.

A case example can be found on the UNM website.
A case presentation from a previous winner can be found on YouTube.

Local case competition details:

A local retreat/orientation will be held after registration closes in January 2018, at HPEB at the Bryan Campus. (Rooms and time details to be updated soon). The retreat/orientation is mandatory for all participating students selected for the local competition teams. Each student will register individually and will be randomly put on a four-person team. 

Individual registration can be submitted on the Clarion Competition Individual Registration Form. Note: Space is limited. Individual registrations will be open from Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, through Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

The local team competition will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Bryan campus. Room details and presentation times will be given out in February 2018.

National case competition details:

The local team named the winner on March 3, 2018, will move on to represent the Texas A&M University Health Science Center at the National Clarion Competition to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 13-14, 2018. This team will have the opportunity to tweak the same case it had at the local competition and present to the national competition judges.

Last edited by: schnettler 11/10/2017