Dr. Adriane Irwin’s Students Awarded 1st Place in Inaugural Year of the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge

OSU College of Pharmacy
Assistant Clinical Professor, Dr. Adriane Irwin
OSU College of Pharmacy’s Dr. Adriane Irwin worked with a three-student team as they participated in American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) inaugural year of the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge (CRC). The team consisted of one P1 student, Peter Atkins, and two P2 students, Katie LaRue and
Julia Zhukov.

In the first phase of the competition, the OSU College of Pharmacy team competed against other pharmacy students from 79 schools nationwide in an online exam on biomedical statistics and literature interpretation. The top 20 teams then moved onto the proposal round, where they created a 10-page grant proposal for implementation of a clinical pharmacy service in the area of cardiology with documentation of outcomes.

ACCP CRC first place winners, OSU College of Pharmacy students Julia Zhukov (’18), Peter Atkins (’19), and Katie LaRue (’18) 
When asked what makes this opportunity so unique for the students, Dr Irwin said, “I find this experience so exciting for the students because they get to learn the essential skill of how to justify the value of clinical pharmacy services. OSU College of Pharmacy offers the opportunity to develop those skills early in the curriculum. I believe that is what will transcend and be really valuable as our students move further into their pharmacy education and develop as practitioners.”
As the team awarded first place, OSU College of Pharmacy will receive a team trophy and Peter, Katie, and Julia will each receive a cash prize and individual championship plaque. Additionally, they have been invited to present their submitted research proposal design as a poster at the 2016 ACCP Annual Meeting this October in Hollywood, Florida.

Make sure to follow this story as we follow Peter, Kaite, and Julia to Florida in the fall!