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ETSU’s Gatton College of Pharmacy wins national title in Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (October 14, 2013) – A team of student pharmacists from East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy captured the national championship Monday of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacy Challenge.

In the head-to-head championship match, the ETSU contingent of three fourth-year students – Brandon Leeson of Indianapolis, Josh Whaley of Greeneville and Allie Torrence of Jefferson City – bested St. John’s University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, located in New York City. This quiz-bowl-like tournament tests participants’ knowledge of clinical skills and pharmacotherapy, and they were not allowed to consult books, smartphones or the Internet to research answers.

The competition began in September with 100 teams representing schools of pharmacy around the nation. The Gatton College of Pharmacy advanced through the early rounds and was one of eight schools that qualified for the quarterfinals, which began Saturday, Oct. 12, in Albuquerque.

The ETSU team also includes two other fourth-year students, Chancey Carothers of Kingston and Tracy Carter of Saltville, Va., who served as alternates. Dr. David Cluck, an assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice who is ETSU’s faculty liaison to the ACCP, served as the team’s faculty mentor.

Dr. Larry D. Calhoun, ETSU’s dean of pharmacy, said many throughout the College of Pharmacy building followed the championship match over the Internet and celebrated when the outcome was settled.

“On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, I am so proud of our team and Dr. Cluck,” Calhoun said. “This is another instance that illustrates the fact that we have great students and great faculty.”