ASHP Clinical Skills CompetitionSM

CSC TrophiesThe 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.

Local competitions are held each fall on college campuses around the nation. The national competition takes place at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.

CSC Coordinator Resources

The coordinator handbook contains a timeline, important guidelines, and instructions for conducting your preliminary-round (school-level) competition.

Promotional Materials

For your convenience, ASHP has designed materials you can use to promote the Clinical Skills Competition on your campus.

  • CSC Promotional Video
    This video is a great resource to explain to students what the Clinical Skills Competition is and answer some of their questions about participating.
  • 2016 CSC Flyer [PDF]
    Information Flyer: E-mail this PDF file to your fellow students and post it on your SSHP website. This flyer is a great way to spread the word about your upcoming competition!
  • 2016 CSC Poster [PDF]
    11x17 color posters go to schools in ASHP's fall student membership mailings shipped in August.  Write in the specifics of your competition and post them on campus. Use this file to print 8½ x 11copies onsite.

2016 Prize Package

Winning Team Members from Each School
The winning team members from each participating college of pharmacy will receive a complimentary Midyear Meeting registration to compete at the national level competition held in Las Vegas, NV, December 3-4, 2016.

Top Ten Finalist Teams in the National Competition
Top ten finalist team members will each receive the following:

  • iPad Mini device preloaded with a one-year subscription to Lexi-Complete™ with AHFS Essentials™.
  • 1 ASHP Self-Assessment Resource

1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday evening.

National Winners
The winning team members each receive a $500 cash award, individual first place trophies and a large first place trophy to take back to their school.

CSC Participant Resources

The participant handbook contains useful information for participants.

One iPad mini device preloaded with Lexi-Complete™ with AHFS Essentials™ will be provided to each team for use during the semi-final round (national) competition!

To help competitors prepare, Lexicomp, Inc. is providing a free trial version of Lexi-Complete™ with AHFS Essentials™.  Students may access the trial version via their personal handheld devices and use it for their preliminary round (school-level) competitions. See Lexicomp’s flyer above for more details.

Practice Cases

Use these past ASHP Clinical Skills Competition local and national cases to prepare for the competition.

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Local Case and Answer Key

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition National Case and Answer Key

2015 CSC Winners

2012 CSC Winners

Pictured: John Armitstead, Haley Spaulding, William Alegria, Barbara Nussbaum


Sponsored By

ASHP Connect

ASHP Foundation has been sponsoring the Clinical Skills Competition for over seven years.

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Supported By

Wolters Kluwer

Lexicomp inc. a Wolters Kluwer Health division, has donated hardware and software in support of the Clinical Skills Competition.


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