UNE Interprofessional Case Competition

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

 Teams composed of four students — with no more than two students representing 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's case.

 Although the patient case has clinical components, the case combines 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 awarded a $3,000 prize, to be divided by team members. The team then advances to compete on the national level at the University of Minnesota’s CLARION competition. Airfare and lodging in Minnesota are provided by UNE. 

Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate if you are a full-time health professions student from UNE's Portland Campus or Biddeford Campus. This includes the following UNE programs:

  • Applied Exercise Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Medicine
  • Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies
  • Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

How do I get on a team?

You can sign up by filling out the Clarion Competition form. The deadline is December 12, 2014. The IPSAT Interprofessional Case Competition Committee places you into interprofessional teams of four. The teams are balanced as much as possible to reflect the education year of each member of the team.

NEW for 2015

  • Participation in the 2015 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 on the IHI website
  • The deadline to submit IHI Basic Certificates is January 9, 2015.
  • If you are participating in the competition, you must attend an orientation session at the UNE College of Pharmacy. The session will take place at noon on January 24, 2015. The session will introduce you to the competition rules and guidelines.

How are the teams judged?

An interprofessional panel of health professionals will judge each team using a rubric provided by the University of Minnesota. Judging will take place at UNE's Portland Campus on March 7, 2015. Each team will be given a 20 minute block to present its case analysis.


Are there prizes involved?

The winning UNE team will be awarded a prize of $3,000 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 17-18, 2015. 
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 7, 2015 on the Portland Campus.


When is the National CLARION Competition held?

The UNE team will present its case nationally at the University of Minnesota on April 17-18, 2015.

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