Concordia-Marquette Team Places 2nd at Statewide Competition

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Concordia University Wisconsin and Marquette University students (from left) Matt Brisky, Forrest Beck, Maria Barnes and Britt Bickert placed second in a statewide health care competition in January.
Concordia University Wisconsin and Marquette University students (from left) Matt Brisky, Forrest Beck, Maria Barnes and Britt Bickert placed second in a statewide health care competition in January.

A team of Concordia University Wisconsin and Marquette University students in health programs took home second place in the recent statewide Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition.

The annual event, which is hosted by Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), awards teams that best demonstrate the aptitude and skills that employers in the health professions are seeking, namely the ability to demonstrate competencies across health care disciplines through teamwork and effective communication.

The Concordia-Marquette team competed against seven teams at the statewide level. Team members included Forrest Beck (CUW School of Pharmacy), Britt Bickert (CUW Physician Assistant Studies), Matt Briski (CUW School of Pharmacy), and Maria Barnes (Marquette Dental School). They were awarded a $2,000 educational stipend.

Teams had two months to work collaboratively on a case study to submit to judges. This year’s competition required students to produce proposals to improve the health and social care for Native American communities in the Dakotas.

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