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Student Patient Counseling Competition

TPA Student Patient Counseling Competition


The Texas Pharmacy Association Patient Counseling Competition was developed in 2005 as part of an ongoing initiative to further recognize the significant role student pharmacists play in the future of our profession. The motivation behind this competition was not to duplicate the efforts of other professional organizations that offer a "glass box” scenario of patient consultations. Instead our goal was to challenge these students to perform as pharmacists are expected to everyday in more true to life circumstances and patient needs in Texas.


Participant Selection

Regional competitions are conducted at all colleges and schools of pharmacy in Texas during March and April. The top three student finalists from each school of pharmacy participate in the final competition held at the annual Texas Pharmacy Association Conference & Expo in the summer. All participant finalists names must be submitted no later than May 1 to qualify as a state finalist. Contestant names must be submitted before the end of the spring semester.



  • Regional competitions at each college and school of pharmacy using the formal guidelines developed by TPA and APhA.
  • Top 3 finalist from each school move up to the state finals held during the TPA annual conference.
  • At the state finals each contestant randomly selects a time slot to determine their position in the competition.
  • The cases developed each year are based on patient needs and pharmacist knowledge gaps in Texas. Contestants are given 10 minutes to prepare prior to the judging competition time slot. They will be supplied with several resources including online and printed materials for each of the products that will be used during the competition and items for demonstration when appropriate.
  • The contestant will have ten minutes from the time they greet their patient to counsel the patient on their prescription(s). The counseling session will be held in front of a panel of three volunteer judges.



Judges will be volunteer pharmacist members of the Texas Pharmacy Association. Each judge will be provided with the judging criteria forms and cases in advance of the the competition . The cases will also contain a short list of key counseling points to ensure consistency in judging


Results and Prizes

Results will be tabulated by judges and Texas Pharmacy Association staff immediately after the competition and all participants will be asked to return to the competition area for announcement of results and to accept their awards. Each competitor will receive a state finalist certificate for their participation in our competition.  Awards will be presented to the first, second, and third place winners in our competition. Awards will be determined jointly by TPA and support provided by sponsors.



If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Goerlitz.

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