Brandyce Coes and Shabree Roberson won the regional Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)/Kroger Clinical Skills Competition, held April 1-3 during the 2016 Region I & II conference in Charleston, W.Va.

Coes and Roberson are fourth-year pharmacy students at the Medical University of South Carolina campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

The competition is designed to showcase students’ pharmaceutical knowledge and patient assessment skills through case evaluations and patient counseling, based on a patient’s medication profile.

Competitors had five minutes to study the patient’s prescription information and then five minutes to conduct a patient counseling session, which was evaluated by judges. Scores were based on three criteria: patient interaction, communication skills and professional knowledge.

“These competitions can provide a good barometer for measuring students’ readiness to apply their skills and knowledge in the real world,” said Cathy Worrall, assistant dean for student affairs and experiential education. “Brandyce and Shabree were outstanding representatives for the College and we’re proud of their success.”