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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has launched a new program designed to annually educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.
The NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program will provide participants with advanced educational opportunities through in-person meetings, regular conference calls, individualized mentoring, Web-based lecture material and online discussion forums. Participating professors will obtain one-to-one coaching and support from experienced researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, and research grants to launch patient-centered care projects.
“The NACDS Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program will help catalyze innovative research to explore community pharmacists’ role in impacting health outcomes and reducing costs through medication counseling and other health services,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We are thrilled to foster research by young academics and provide them with a wealth of resources, including the opportunity to obtain expert advice from experienced researchers and engage in peer-to-peer review.”
The NACDS Foundation will accept five scholars for the inaugural 2012-2013 class. The first in-person meeting of the selected faculty members will be held during the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, to be held August 25 to 28 in Denver.