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MEQUON - Concordia University Wisconsin students teamed up with Marquette University students and took home second place in the statewide Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition.

The Concordia-Marquette team was one of eight teams competing at the state level. The team was made up of Forrest Beck (CUW School of Pharmacy), Britt Bickert (CUW Physician Assistant Studies), Matt Briski (CUW School of Pharmacy), and Maria Barnes (Marquette Dental School).

“I am really proud of this group for the time and effort they put in,” said Concordia’s Interprofessional Education Campus Coordinator Michael Oldani. “The process really prepares these students for working as an effective team.”

The students were given a shared $2,000 educational stipend. According to the official event website, the first place winner receives $3,000.

The annual event is hosted by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). The event allows students to demonstrate skills and aptitude employers in the health professions are seeking. One of the biggest competencies teams can demonstrate is the ability to work together across healthcare disciplines.

Students were competing by producing proposals to "improve the health and social care for Native American communities in the Dakotas."  Teams had two months to work together on a case study with entries submitted prior to the event. The teams conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of the patient and then present their findings to judges.

Teams are made up of four to five students with at least three different degrees or professions represented in each team.

The event, the fourth annual, was held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells from Jan. 12-13.

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