Case Competition


What is the Case Competition all 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.

CLARION is a University of Minnesota student organization dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration. Since 2002, CLARION has hosted the U of M local student case competition for health professional students, enabling them to achieve a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today's health care system and how it might be improved. Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice. CLARION expanded the competition to the national level in 2005.

Faculty and students at the CLARION awards banquet2016 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. Please note: Full time students who are also employed in professional leadership positions are not eligible to compete. Exceptions will be reviewed by the CLARION Executive Board on an individual basis. Requests for an exception must be submitted by January 31, 2015.

Participants may only compete Once. Teams must be comprised of new participants annually.

Local Retreat attendance is mandatory for every team member on the University of Minnesota campuses. We recommend that each University host their own retreat to support participating students from your institution.  If you would like general information on how the U of M hosts this event please contact the CLARION Board at

Team members will share the entire prize as listed.

Case Details

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


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
  • Case example


  • Teams will have 20 minutes to present their case.

Example presentation

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (National 1st Place Winner 2015)