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[EVENT] Health Care Team Challenge 2015!

The Health Care Team Challenge is an interprofessional student team competition that puts your clinical knowledge and interprofessional teamwork skills to the test! The competition will take place on JANUARY 31, 2015!

Registration forms:

1. Team Registration Form
2. Individual Registration Form

How it works:

All teams will be provided the same case stem two weeks before the competition.  Teams will meet, discuss the case, prepare a care plan, and present it on the day of the event – easy, right?

But patient care is never simple, and as their health and circumstances change, so must the care we provide.  Subsequent parts of the case will be given at the competition, encouraging on-the-spot problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and a healthy dose of improvisation.

Teams are allowed to research their cases and consult a clinician or faculty adviser if needed.


  • Registration deadline is 11:00 PM, January 16th, 2015 extended to January 23, 2015
  • Teams will consist of 4-6 health sciences students registered at the University of Alberta.
    • To ensure a mix of knowledge and skills (and to conform to national guidelines), we ask there be a MAXIMUM of 2 members from the same program in each team.
  • Sign up as a team or individually – don’t worry, we will find you teammates! If you’d like to sign up in smaller groups or partners, please use the “Team Registration Form” and we’ll fit you and your friend(s) into a complete group. Remember, only a MAXIMUM of 2 members from the same program per team!

To sign up as a team, please download and complete this form (Team Registration Form)

To sign up individually, please download and complete this form (Individual Registration Form)

Submit completed forms to before 11:00PM, January 16, 2015.

Clinical case stem, challenge toolkit, and team assignments (if applicable) will be sent to teams within a few days.

The Challenge:

For a better idea of what the HCTC™ consists of for the day of the event, please consult the following sample schedule.

Number Description Estimated Time
1 Welcome and introduction 5-10 minutes
2 Read Part 1 of the clinical case and question 1 5 minutes
3 Teams present prepared care plan to audience and judges 8 minutes per team, +  one 10 minute break
4 Read part 2 of the clinical case and question 2 10 minutes
5 Lunch and prep time for part 2 1.5 hours
6 Teams present care plan to audience and judges. (5 minutes to present part 2, 2 minutes to read part 3 and discuss, 5 minutes for part 3) 12 minutes per team
7 Feedback from judges, announcement of winning team 20 minutes
8 Closing remarks 10 minutes
CHALLENGE TOTAL (based on 10 team sign up)                     ~6 hours

The Prize:

Besides the satisfaction of providing exceptional, interdisciplinary care to the virtual patient?  The winning team will be sent to compete nationally at the National HSSA Health Care Team Challenge on March 6th and 7th in Kingston, Ontario, travel expenses covered by HSERC.

Final Words:

Nervous?  Don’t be!  The HCTC™ is a low-stress competition focused on team collaboration and discussion, not a test of your clinical knowledge.  The HSSA facebook page has videos of past presentations to give you a better idea, and we hope you will take part in UofA’s HCTC™!

HCTC Poster preview 3

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