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InterProfessional Education Collaborative

UNE Interprofessional Case Competition

The UNE Interprofessional Case Competition is held every spring at UNE, and sponsored by the IPSAT student group. The competition is modeled after the University of Minnesota’s CLARION case competition.

 Teams of four students, with no more than two students represented from the same profession on each team, are given a patient case study and must perform a root cause analysis detailing what went wrong in that patient case.

 Although the patient case has clinical components, the case has elements from a variety of health professions, leading up to a sentinel event. The case is written by faculty from the University of Minnesota and shared with all schools competing in the national CLARION competition.

 The winning UNE team is given a $3,000 prize, to be divided by the team members. The team will then go on to compete on the national level at the University of Minnesota’s CLARION competition.  Airfare and lodging in Minnesota are provided by UNE. Students are eligible to submit a GAPSA travel grant for additional travel funds.

Who can participate?

Any full-time health profession student from either the UNE Portland or Biddeford campuses can participate, so this includes:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

How do I get on a team?

Sign up by following the instructions under the “Sign me up!” section to the right. The deadline for signing up is January 17, 2014. The IPSAT Interprofessional Case Competition Committee places students into interprofessional teams of four; teams are balanced as much as possible to reflect the education year of each student.

NEW for 2014

  • Participation in the 2014 UNE Case Competition requires completion of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Open School, Certificate of Completion, Basic Level, by each student prior to randomization to a team by mid-January. A listing of the courses covered by the Certificate of Completion, Basic Level, from IHI Open School can be found here
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Students participating in the competition will attend an orientation session, Saturday, January 25, 2014 (Time & Location TBD) where additional competition rules and guidelines will be given.

How are the teams judged?

An interprofessional panel of health professionals will judge each student team using a rubric provided by the University of Minnesota. Judging will take place at the Portland campus of UNE on March 8th, 2014. Each team of students will be given a 20-minute block to present their case analysis.


Are there prizes involved?

The winning UNE team will be awarded a prize of $3,000.00, to be divided by the team members. Airfare and accommodations are provided for the winning UNE team to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete nationally April 11 and 12, 2014. 
Prizes awarded at the national CLARION competition include the following:

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


When is the actual competition held at UNE?

The UNE competition will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 on the Portland campus.


When is the National CLARION Competition held?

The UNE team will present their case nationally at the University of Minnesota on April 11-12, 2014,

What other schools compete nationally at the CLARION competition?

Past competing schools include:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dartmouth
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Tennessee
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Army-Baylor University Health Sciences

What is CLARION anyway?

CLARION is a student driven interprofessional health profession group originating from the University of Minnesota. Much like UNE’s IPSAT, CLARION is dedicated to furthering interprofessional collaboration for the sake of patient safety and improved health care quality.



If I have questions about the UNE Interprofessional Case Competition, whom do I email?

Email IPSAT at: ipsat@UNE.edu

Interested in next year's competition?

Click here to sign up!

Questions? Please email: ipsat@une.edu

The deadline for signing up for the 2014 competition Is January 17, 2014