Ursuline Student succeeds in Cleveland Clinic Mini-Case Competition

Renee Peoples Dennison pictured with her teammates and their coaches.

Renee Peoples Dennison, a senior in Ursuline College’s Breen School of Nursing, represented the College in the Clinic Solutions – Mini Case Competition, hosted by the Cleveland Clinic.

According to Peoples Dennison, the competition was comprised of five teams. Both undergraduate and graduate students served on each team. Peoples Dennison’s team included students from Cleveland State University, Ohio University and Kent State University.

The case for the competition was the integration of Akron General Hospital and its network into the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare System.

“As the only nursing student in my group, I was really able to bring some solid recommendations to the table,” said Peoples Dennison.

The competition consisted of two rounds of judging – one preliminary round and one final round in which the three final teams presented their plans to the President/CEO of Akron General Health System and other executive board members of the Cleveland Clinic via a live video stream.

Peoples Dennison said that her team was one of the three teams in the finals, and they won second place, which netted them $750 per undergraduate student or $900 per graduate student on the team.

“It was an amazing opportunity to network, innovate and collaborate with other students as well as influential members of the healthcare world. I felt confident as the only nursing student in my team. I encourage other Ursuline students to participate in this program,” Peoples Dennison said of the experience.

The Clinic Solutions program is hosted by the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with collaboration from the Cleveland Clinic’s Strategy Office, along with local minority professional organizations. Clinic Solutions is a think tank session for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, designed to foster innovation and the exchange of information on challenges and opportunities in healthcare. This competition is an opportunity for students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds to compete for scholarship dollars awarded at the end of two rounds of judged competition.


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