CUSP Mock Trial Team Reaches Finals

Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy mock trial team advanced to the national finals of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s inaugural competition.

The six-student team defeated the University of Texas at Austin in the virtual semifinals in June. They will compete for the national championship later this month against West Virginia University at AACP’s annual meeting in the Dallas area.

Teams use their knowledge and skills from PharmD curriculum to research and debate a topic.

The Chapman team was the respondent, or “con” side of the topic, “COVID-19 has permanently changed the scope of pharmacy practice” in the semifinals.

“Thanks to the team advisor, Dr. Reza Taheri, and to all our faculty who have sharpened the clinical decision making and advocacy skills of our students,” said School of Pharmacy Interim Dean Rennolds Ostrom.

The Chapman team is: Nikki Derleth, Mulan Homo, Vivian Lu, Chelsea Pan, Megan Shieh and Inna Tagarino.