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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) yesterday created a new annual award to drive faculty development and innovation in the area of community pharmacy practice.
The AFPE-NACDS Foundation Faculty Fellowship in Community Pharmacy Practice will enable a full-time pharmacy practice faculty at an accredited U.S. school or college of pharmacy to pursue, over a 6-month fellowship period, a program of advanced education, training, and research in community pharmacy practice under the guidance of a qualified mentor.
"With the growing demand for pharmacy services and new opportunities such as medication therapy management, it's important to prepare pharmacy students and faculty for the future of patient care," said NACDS Foundation president Phillip L. Schneider. "This effort will help advance the practice of community pharmacy."
The fellowship will provide a grant of $25,000 matched by the applicant's institution to support faculty research and study that will contribute to major improvements in pharmacy practice research, curricula, faculty development, pilot programs, and other programs related to the community pharmacy practice.
"This important Fellowship will strengthen pharmacy education and pharmacy colleges by providing support to select faculty members for individual research and growth in community pharmacy practice," said AFPE resident Robert M. Bachman."