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NACDS Foundation names this year's Faculty Scholars
May 20th, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced eight faculty members from pharmacy schools and colleges as the participants for its 2014-15 Faculty Scholars Program.
Selected from pharmacy educational institutions nationwide, the faculty will complete the educational program designed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney and Dr. Kim Coley, the NACDS Foundation said Tuesday.
In its third year, the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars program aims to educate junior faculty at U.S. pharmacy schools and colleges of pharmacy about community pharmacy-based patient care research. The program also seeks to connect the Faculty Scholars with community pharmacy and research experts nationally to help diversify their education.
The pharmacy professors selected as Faculty Scholars this year are Allison Dering-Anderson, PharmD, RPh, FASCP, clinical assistant professor, University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy; Andrea Fass, PharmD, assistant professor, Nova Southeastern University; Ashley Earley, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor, Harding University College of Pharmacy; Kenneth Hohmeier, PharmD, assistant professor, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy; Mark Della Paolera, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor, Pacific University School of Pharmacy; Michell Butler, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy; Nicole White, PharmD, assistant professor, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions; and Sharon Rush, RPh, assistant clinical professor, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
"We are excited to have this group of highly qualified pharmacy professors as the 2014-15 NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars," NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said in a statement. "We are confident that they will provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of patient care, while enhancing their research skills to further the greater goal of improving public health."
Faculty Scholars will identify a research mentor and a small working group at their college or school of pharmacy to foster interactive discussion and peer critique to assist with project development. Also, each scholar will receive a research grant to launch a patient-focused research project in a community pharmacy setting.
This yearlong program will employ a variety of teaching methods, such as web-based lecture content, online discussion forums, regular conference call discussions, individual mentoring and live meetings — including the first in-person meeting of the class at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston this August.
"We are thrilled to foster research by junior faculty 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," Jaeger added.