Case Competition

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.

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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.

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Team Composition and Rules

Four students per team ~ no more than two students from the same profession.

Each institution participating is only allowed to send one team.

Must represent at least two different health professions (see examples below) and no more than 2 of the same professions on each team:

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work

*If you have a prior health professional degree, you are able to participate. However, you are only representing the current program you are enrolled in (e.g., A nurse completing a Master of Public Health would represent Public Health, not nursing) 

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.

Participants may only compete once (applies to both local and national competitions). Teams must be comprised of new participants annually. National participants can send only one team to the competition.

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 [email protected].

Team members will share the entire prize as listed.

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Case Topic

2020 Case Topic: Racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality and morbidity.