NACDS Foundation releases second wave of funding via Community PREP

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores once again has released funding that will support 15 new residencies for recent pharmacy graduates.

The NACDS Foundation said that the funding, made through the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project, will award an additional $750,000 in grants to support the residencies. The $1.5 million Community PREP program, established in December 2010, helps expand educational opportunities for recent pharmacy school graduates by pairing them with faculty members and preceptors to oversee residents’ learning experiences in patient-centered pharmacy practice sites, NACDS Foundation said.

“Community PREP provides essential funding to expand hands-on clinical research and education opportunities for community pharmacy’s future leaders,” NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said. “Under the expert guidance of pharmacy veterans, residents will hone their abilities to deliver patient-centered health services and contribute to the evidence-base for community pharmacy-based clinical practice. These educational partnerships between pharmacy schools and community pharmacy practice sites provide exceptional opportunities to advance research and pharmacy education, and ultimately improve patient healthcare outcomes.”

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