Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



JANUARY 23, 2019!

What is CLARION?

CLARION is a student-driven, staff/faculty-advised committee developed by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Health Interprofession Programs (CHIP) Student Center.

How does this apply to the University of Florida?

Healthcare has become an increasingly complex business with demands brought on by changing technology, governmental interventions and patient expectations. 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 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.

It is a widely-accepted belief that if true changes in patient safety outcomes are to occur, the concepts of teamwork and interprofessional cooperation must be fostered within the training curriculum.

What is the competition?

UF’s 5th annual interprofessional competition will engage students in an interactive case study. Students from different professions 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. An orientation session will provide teams with the case and information to use to make their presentation. At the conclusion of the competition, finalists present their recommendations to a diverse panel of distinguished healthcare professionals.

What is the objective?

The objective is to broaden the educational experience of healthcare students through interprofessional interaction as well as raise awareness of each profession to increase patient health outcomes.

Why should students participate?

There are various reasons why students should consider participation, among them:

  • 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
  • Participants will come away with firsthand 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

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded at two levels: locally and, should you advance and place, nationally. All award amounts are to be shared equally by members of the group.

The local UF Competition will award the following:

  • 1st place: $3,000, plus a spot in the national competition (including travel and accommodations)
  • 2nd place: $2,000
  • 3rd place: $1,000

The national competition will award the following:

  • 1st place: $7,500
  • 2nd place: $5,000
  • 3rd place: $2,500

What dates are important to remember?

Information Sessions – These meetings will provide a general overview of the local and national competition, plus provide information on past case examples. Four sessions will be held at UF’s Gainesville campus and one videoconference session will be held for students from other satellite campuses.

Gainesville Info Sessions

  • Tuesday, December 4th – 5:00pm in HPNP G-105
  • Wednesday, January 9th – 5:00pm in HPNP G-105
  • Tuesday, January 15th – 5:00pm in HPNP G-105
  • Tuesday, January 22nd – 12:00pm in HPNP G-105

Satellite Campus Videoconference

  • Wednesday, January 9th – 12:30pm

Orientation Session – This meeting is mandatory for all participants. Students that have registered to participate will receive the official 2017 case study and a copy of the rules and regulations for entry will be provided.

  • Thursday, January 24th – 5:00 pm in HPNP G-114

Local Competition This will be the official due date for teams to turn in their completed presentations and executive summaries

  • Friday, March 1st – All PowerPoint presentations are due by 5:00 pm

Finalist Presentations

  • Tuesday, March 19th – 5:00 pm in HPNP G-112

National Competition The winner of the local competition will represent UF at the National Competition, which will be held at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. All expenses for student travel will be paid by UF:

  • April 12th – 13th, 2019

What are the rules for team composition?

  • Teams must represent at least two different professions
  • Teams may form themselves or students may request placement on a team
  • Each team must include four students and no more than two students from the same profession
  • Participants must be full-time UF students through Spring 2019
  • Orientation session attendance is mandatory for every team member
  • Students can only participate in the CLARION competition once
  • If a member should drop out for any reason, teams will not be able to replace that member. Team will be eligible to compete with 3 team members

Are there additional resources for students?

  • Each team will be assigned a faculty advisor. Maintaining open lines of communication with your advisor throughout the presentation development stage is strongly urged.
  • Materials will be posted and updated regularly through this website
  • For further information, please contact Dr. Amy Blue at or Gus Mazorra at or by phone at 352.294.4981