What is the Clinical Skills Competition?

The Clinical Skills Competition (CSC) is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care. The first portion of the competition allows students to participate in teams of two to complete a written Pharmacist’s Care Plan for a provided standardized case in 2 hours. The top five teams, as decided by our three faculty judges, will be invited to give a 10 minute oral presentation to determine the winning team.

The winning team of our local chapter will be given complimentary registration to the December ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, NV and will represent our school for the national Clinical Skills Competition.

Details for the 2017 Local CSC

The local competition will be open to the first 30 teams to sign up. All class years are welcome to compete. However, registration will open to the Class of 2017 first and will open to other class years in order of graduating year. A wait list for 10-15 pairs will also be available. The dates for this year’s local CSC are listed below; please note that you must be available on BOTH dates in order to participate. You must also be at least a local SSHP member to participate in the local competition. 

Written Case: October 11th, 5 PM – 8 PM
Oral Presentations: October 18th, 5 PM – 8 PM

Sign-Ups will open in late September.


  • Clinical Skills Competition Student Handbook – official information for the competition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Allowed resources for the University of Maryland Local Clinical Skills Competition 2017:
    • Each team will be allowed ONE laptop and can only access the following via HS/HSL:
      • American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS)
      • Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data (Lee)
      • Applied Therapeutics (Young, Koda Kimble)
      • Pharmacotherapy (DiPiro)
      • Clinical Pharmacokinetics (Murphy)
      • Steadman’s Concise Medical Dictionary
      • Lexi-Comp’s Drug Information Handbook
      • Lexi-Complete™ with AHFS Essentials™

Practice Cases: