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UNE CLARION Case Competition 2019

The UNE CLARION Case 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 case is released in mid-January, the local competition will be held on March 7, and the winning team will compete at the national CLARION competition on April 17–18. Airfare and lodging in Minnesota for the winning UNE team are provided through CECE, supported by each of the colleges listed below.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate if you are a full-time health professions student in Portland, Biddeford, or online. This includes the following UNE programs:

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


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.



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

How do I get on a team?

Step 1Sign up by filling out the UNE CLARION Case Competition Form. The CECE Case Competition Committee will place 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.

  • Deadline: December 13, 2019. 

Step 2: Complete the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Open School courses Improvement Capability 101-105 and Safety 201. Learn more about the IHI Open School Basic Level coursesUpload your certificate of completion to the UNE CLARION Google Folder

  • Deadline: January 10, 2020

Step 3: Attend the UNE Interprofessional Case Competition Orientation meeting to introduce you to the competition rules and guidelines. Students who complete all three steps are eligible to be randomized to a team to participate in the competition. 

  • Meeting date: January 27, 2020, 5:15–7:15 p.m., College of Pharmacy Basement, Room 024/028

Step 4: Meet your team and get to work. Teams will be assigned once all three steps have been completed.

  • Local Competition: March 7, 2020

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, 2020. Each team will be given a 20-minute block to present its case analysis.

When is the competition held at UNE?

The UNE competition will be held on Friday, March 7, 2020, 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, 2020.

If I have questions who do I Contact?

Email our CLARION coordinators:

You can also view this documentation (PDF) of our CLARION Case Competition information session.