2024 P&T Competition
AMCP Foundation looks forward to your participation in the 24th Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition!
Pharmacy schools that plan to enter a team into the National P&T Competition must register their intention to compete no later than Friday, November 17, 2023. Step-by-step instructions will be provided in the coming months.
The deadline for entries to the 2024 National P&T Competition (one entry per pharmacy school) is 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 22, 2024.
Thank You to Our Partners
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is the Executive Sponsor of the National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition. AMCP Foundation thanks Genentech for its generous support of pharmacists and the managed care pharmacy profession.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a supporting sponsor for the National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition.
We are grateful to our partners and past sponsors. Learn more about partnering with AMCP Foundation to develop managed care leaders.
How to Prepare for the 2024 P&T Competition
The AMCP Foundation National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition is designed to provide an immersive experience in the skills necessary for effective formulary review and management.
The P&T Competition is a team event. The ideal team has four members in different years of the pharmacy curriculum.
P&T Competition teams work together as if they are preparing for—and presenting to—a mock P&T Committee meeting. Case study assignments typically include (1) a written evaluation of the competition drug (“drug monograph”) that includes recommendations for formulary placement and (2) an oral presentation supported by PowerPoint slides.
Each pharmacy school/college may enter one team into the national competition. If more than one team is interested in competing, a single team must be selected (typically the winner of a local competition).
The national P&T Competition is conducted in phases. During each phase, judges appointed by AMCP Foundation evaluate and score assignments submitted by participating teams. The teams with the highest scores advance to the final round of competition, which is held in conjunction with the AMCP Annual Meeting.
Note that Finalist teams are responsible for their own travel and registration expenses for attending AMCP Annual. Through the generosity of the P&T Competition funding partners, AMCP Foundation may extend honoraria to the pharmacy school/college of each National Finalist team and/or top teams. However, awarding of honoraria is not guaranteed.
All competing team members are expected to have a working knowledge of all deadlines, rules and requirements, and procedures for the P&T Competition.
The AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee maintains resources for AMCP Student Chapters, several of which pertain to the P&T Competition.
AMCP Foundation communicates important P&T Competition news and information primarily via an email newsletter. The newsletter is sent on an approximately weekly basis beginning in September.
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Each pharmacy school/college must designate one student Competition Coordinator to serve as the primary contact person for all competing teams at the pharmacy school/college.
The student Competition Coordinator is responsible for disseminating important P&T Competition materials (e.g., Case Study and Team Assignments document, monograph template) to all competing teams and keeping teams informed about P&T Competition news.
The student Competition Coordinator also is responsible for forwarding questions from individual teams or team members to AMCP Foundation. Responses to questions must be shared with all teams and team members, so as not to advantage or disadvantage any one team.
If a pharmacy school/college has more than one campus, the student Competition Coordinator at the main campus (usually also the home of the official AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter) will serve as the primary liaison between AMCP and all competing teams on all campuses affiliated with the pharmacy school/college. It may be helpful to designate Assistant Competition Coordinators on each campus to coordinate communication among campuses.
It is permissible for Competition Coordinators to be members of P&T Competition teams.
AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapters are encouraged to place their Competition Coordinators on their Executive Boards along with President, Vice President, etc.
Each pharmacy school/college must designate at least one P&T Competition Advisor.
The Advisor for the P&T Competition typically is the AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter Faculty Advisor or another faculty member. It is permissible to have a competition Advisor who is not an employee of the pharmacy school/college; however, some institutional affiliation generally is helpful.
The Advisor for the P&T Competition is not required to be an AMCP member.
P&T Competition teams usually are composed of four (4) student pharmacists. Teams ideally should include students in different years of the pharmacy curriculum.
Teams may compete with fewer than four members, but this is not optimal or recommended.
Teams with four members may designate one (1) additional student to serve as an “alternate” in case any of the official team members are unable to compete for any reason.
P&T Competition team members must be enrolled full-time in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at a school or college of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Dual-degree enrollment (e.g., PharmD/MBA) is permissible.
Students enrolled only in programs other than a Doctor of Pharmacy program—for example, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or PhD programs—are not eligible to compete.
Residents and fellows are not eligible to compete.
All team members must be active (paid) national AMCP Student Pharmacist Members! Be sure everyone is signed up before the competition begins. Share this information and sign-up link.
Each team should designate a captain who will be responsible for ensuring that all competition deadlines are met.
Each pharmacy school/college may enter only one team into the national competition. If more than one team is interested in competing, you must decide on a single team. Many schools conduct a local competition to determine a single winning team.
AMCP Foundation is not involved in any way in local competitions, and there is no requirement to conduct a local competition. Whether and how local competitions are conducted is entirely up to the individual pharmacy school/college. Schools are free to conduct local competitions in any way that makes the best use of available resources and accommodates all interested student pharmacists. Schools with multiple campuses or a very large number of teams may consider conducting more than one round of a local competition.
A popular approach is to mimic the format of the national P&T Competition by having teams submit a written drug monograph in advance of a live (in person or virtual) mock P&T Committee presentation supported by PowerPoint slides.
AMCP Foundation will distribute judging criteria in the form of scoring matrixes to all student Competition Coordinators and P&T Competition Advisors as part of the official competition materials. Schools are free to modify these criteria as desired for local competitions. Many schools choose to use the judging criteria as provided, because they reflect the criteria used for the national competition.
Consult the How to Conduct a Local P&T Competition Guide from AMCP's Student Pharmacist Committee for additional insight.
Judges for Local Competitions
We recommend that schools recruit at least two faculty members or managed care professionals that reflect a balance of judging experience (both new and seasoned judges) and a variety of practice areas (e.g., academia, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans). Consider recruiting at least one alternate judge, in the event someone needs to drop out unexpectedly.
Possible sources of judges include your pharmacy school/college alumni network and past speakers at AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter events. Since most P&T Committee members are physicians, consider asking local physicians or medical students to serve as judges.
We regret that due to confidentiality considerations, judges employed by biopharmaceutical companies or involved in the preparation of manufacturer dossiers are not permitted to access the eDossier for the study drug.
- P&T Competition Rules and Requirements
- Identifying and Evaluating Information for Evidence-Based Drug Formularies: AMCP Foundation/AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee Archived Session
- Developing Drug Monographs for Evidence-Based Formularies (and the P&T Competition): AMCP Foundation/AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee Archived Webinar
- A First Place Presentation - Perspectives from the AMCP Foundation P&T Competition: AMCP Foundation Archived Webinar
- AMCP Students & Chapters Resource Center (includes local competition guide)
- JMCP Articles
- Methodology for Conducting a Comprehensive Product Review in Managed Care (2023)
- The Formulary System, "then" - Managing the Pharmacy Benefit (1997)
- The Formulary System, "now" - Reflections on the Formulary System (2020)
- Tiered Formularies, "then" - Effects of a 3-Tier Formulary (2003)
- Tiered Formularies, "now" - The Tiered Pharmacy Benefit (2020)
- Perspectives on Prior Authorization - Pro and Con