MU Students Place First in National Clarion Competition

4 years 7 months 5 days ago Monday, May 06 2013 May 6, 2013 Monday, May 06, 2013 9:52:14 AM CDT May 06, 2013 in News
By: KOMU 8 Staff

COLUMBIA - A team of students from the University of Missouri Health System places first in the CLARION National Interprofessional Team Case Competition.

The competition is a health care quality improvement program. The students got a $7,500 team scholarship for their winning presentation.

Every year, the teams entering are given the same case study and instructed to analyze the case and create a presentation with quality improvement recommendations. Teams then present their findings to a panel of judges.

"Receiving this award is a prestigious honor for our students and a testament to their dedication, teamwork and knowledge," said Myra Aud, Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and one of the team's faculty advisers. "This award also is a testament to their education. MU is the only university to have won the CLARION competition four times. Our schools of health professions, medicine and nursing are very serious about inter-professional education, and we are very serious about teaching quality improvement methods. This award demonstrates that we are building a dedication to quality and interdisciplinary care into our students."

To qualify, students must come from at least two different areas of health care including medicine, nursing, public health and other professions. MU's team included members from four disciplines.

MU's four team members included:
• Sabrina Abramovitz, a graduate student in MU's public health program
• Scott Bartkoski, a fourth-year medical student at the MU School of Medicine
• Kaci Dannatt, a graduate student in the MU School of Medicine's health care administration program
• Terri Stone, a graduate student at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing

This year, teams from nine competing universities examined the hypothetical case of a hospital looking to improve care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition. The team members met weekly from January to April to examine the case and applied quality improvement tools they learned during their health care educations.

"One of the strengths of our team is our wide breadth of expertise, with four members from four different professions," said Stone, A.P.R.N.-B.C., who also serves as a nurse practitioner at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. "We each brought different perspectives and different skills to the case. As a nurse, I know that's how health care truly works - with nurses, physicians, social workers and other professionals all working together to care for a patient."

"These are quality improvement and interdisciplinary communication skills that students will bring with them into their careers as health care professionals, and they'll be able to share what they've learned to improve patient care," said Amanda Allmon, M.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine at the MU School of Medicine and a faculty adviser for the team.

In addition to Aud and Allmon, the team's faculty advisers included Kristofer Hagglund and Suzanne Boren.

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