CLARION Competition

An Interprofessional Team Case Competition:  Enhancing Patient Safety through Team Innovation

What is the competition?

MUSC’s annual interprofessional competition will engage students in an interactive case study.  Students from different disciplines will have the opportunity to work as a four-person team to analyze and provide recommendations surrounding an extensive healthcare case dealing with interprofessional issues.  Once presented with the case, teams are charged with developing a root cause analysis. At the conclusion of the competition, finalists present their recommendations to a diverse panel of distinguished healthcare professionals.  The winning team will represent MUSC and compete at the national CLARION case competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The MUSC CLARION competition is directed and sponsored by the Student Interprofessional Society and the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives.


Broaden the educational experience of healthcare students through interprofessional interaction as well as raise awareness of each profession to improve patient health outcomes.

Why Should You Participate?

This competition provides students with lessons in leadership, teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution.  It is an opportunity for students to gain clinical and operational knowledge not otherwise received through their formal education. Most importantly, participants will come away with first hand knowledge and understanding that interprofessional cooperation is vital to the success of our healthcare system.  Scholarships will be awarded to members of the winning teams.

Local Competition at MUSC

  • 1st place: $3,000 team scholarship, plus a spot in the national competition

  • 2nd place: $2,000 team scholarship

  • 3rd place: $1,000 team scholarship

National Competition

  • 1st place: $7,500 team scholarship

  • 2nd place: $5,000 team scholarship

  • 3rd place: $2,500 team scholarship

Team Composition and Rules for the Competition

  • Four students per team (no more than two students from the same program)
  • Participants must be full time MUSC students
  • Workshop attendance is mandatory by every team member
  • In the case of a team member dropping out there will be no replacement
  • The team that wins the MUSC CLARION competition must plan to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete in the national competition typically held in April
  • Team members will share the entire prize as listed