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NACDS Foundation unveils Faculty Scholars inaugural class
July 13th, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the 2012-13 inaugural class for its Faculty Scholars Program.
Launched earlier this year, the Faculty Scholars Program aims to educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research. Educational programming was designed with the University of Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney.
The NACDS Foundation said Thursday that five professors of pharmacy have been awarded this year's inaugural distinction: Kristen DiDonato, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, University of Missouri Kansas City; Ashley Ellis, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, University of Mississippi; Sharon Gatewood, PharmD, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University; Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, assistant professor, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; and Lawrence Staubach, MD, MBA, assistant professor, University of Wyoming.
This year's Faculty Scholars were selected from 27 applicants, the foundation said. Each will participate in advanced educational opportunities through in-person meetings, regular conference calls, individualized mentoring, web-based lecture material, and online discussion forums. They also will engage in peer-to-peer reviews, receiving support from a network of researchers nationwide, and be eligible to for a research grant to launch a community pharmacy, patient-centered care project.
"This highly accomplished and energetic team of Faculty Scholars really captures the excitement surrounding this program," NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said in a statement. "The NACDS Foundation created the Faculty Scholars Program with the confidence that this type of research can make a meaningful difference for patients' lives and public health, and this is an ideal group to live up to those high expectations."
The first in-person meeting of the scholars is scheduled for the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, which runs Aug. 25 to 28 in Denver.