Two CU pharmacy students win national clinical skills competition The team of Joselyn Benabe, left, and Ashley Huntsberry, representing the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, won the top prize at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacist Clinical Skills Competition.

By University Communications

AURORA, Colo.—Two University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took top honors in last weekend’s American Society of Health Systems Pharmacist (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

Ashley Huntsberry and Joselyn Benabe, both fourth-year students seeking Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, finished atop 126 other teams of student pharmacists in the largest competition since the event’s inception in 1996. Huntsberry and Benabe each took home prizes of $500, individual trophies and a display trophy for their school.

This year’s event featured teams from 127 pharmacy schools across the country. The two days of national-level competition began with a closed-session semifinal round in which each team completed a written case study. The 10 finalist teams defended their treatment recommendations before a live audience and a panel of judges. The top three teams were announced by ASHP President Christene Jolowsky at the Student Society Showcase and Awards Ceremony.

The annual national competition was sponsored by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation and is part of ASHP’s pharmacy student forum programming at the midyear conference.


In faculty news
at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Joseph Saseen, PharmD, recently received top honors as the Educator of the Year from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Saseen serves as a professor in the departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine and vice chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

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