Local student places in national competition

Mallory Garfield, a Kingman resident and fourth-year student of the College of Pharmacy at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., placed second in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Clinical Skills Competition on Dec. 3. This year's competition, held in New Orleans, hosted teams from 114 schools across the nation.

Each year, the CSC is held at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. This meeting is the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world. Last year, it attracted more than 4,500 students. The competition is a team-based exercise that challenges participants to analyze and solve a clinical case. Teams are given a scenario to address, and, within a certain amount of time, they must use resources that would be available to pharmacists to help patients make the best use of their medications.

Garfield, along with teammate Janice McKean of Searcy, represented Harding University and received second place for their presentation. Prior to the national competition, Garfield and McKean, along with many other students from the College of Pharmacy, participated in a school-wide competition to qualify at the national level.

The winning team, Garfield and McKean, was chosen to represent Harding in New Orleans.

"They have both been student leaders throughout their time in the College of Pharmacy, and have worked hard in preparing for the clinical skills competition," Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, dean of the College of Pharmacy said. "By placing second in the ASHP competition, they have demonstrated the ability of Harding student pharmacists to be successful and competitive on a national stage against peers from schools and colleges of pharmacy across the country."