CLARION Competition

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


Healthcare has become an increasingly complex business with demands brought on by changing technology, governmental interventions and patient expectations.  Yet, the one unchanging goal for individuals and institutions remains to provide safe and high quality care for patients.  Despite good intentions, thousands of deaths occur each year from preventable medical errors. Miscommunication and lack of communication among caregivers is cited as a main cause of the problem.  According to JCAHO, 68% of all sentinel events occur because of lack of communication between health care providers, causing needless morbidity and deaths.  It is not enough to just be a competent practitioner anymore; a health care provider must be able to function within and lead quality improvement teams. The Medical University of South Carolina is a multi-disciplinary institution that educates quality health care providers in a multitude of specialties.  Each of these providers is capable of functioning within their own environment but traditionally have received little formal education or training in working with others to solve complex health care issues.

It is a widely-accepted belief that if true changes in patient safety outcomes are to occur, the concepts of teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation must be fostered within the training curriculum.  MUSC can and should become a leader in promoting the benefits of interprofessional education.


  • Enhance patient safety through innovative thinking and improved communication.
  • Provide a framework for health care providers educated at MUSC to understand the benefits of and the techniques required to work in a team environment.
  • Establish an annual university-wide competition where multidisciplinary teams will devise innovative solutions to unique healthcare problems.

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.  A Dinner workshop will provide teams with the tools they need to succeed.  At the conclusion of the competition, finalists present their recommendations to a diverse panel of distinguished healthcare professionals.


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 fulltime MUSC students through April 2016
  • Workshop attendance is mandatory by every team member
  • In the case of a team member dropping out there will be no replacement
  • Team members will share the entire prize as listed


  • MUSC Student Government Association
  • SIPS