The following is a post from the STLCOP newsletter:
St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) has been awarded a $50,000 educational grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation through its Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project (PREP). The College will use the grant money to support the development of a new community pharmacy residency in Sikeston, Mo., in partnership with Health Priorities, Inc., Medical Arts Pharmacy, and L&S Pharmacy.
“When evaluating a site for a residency, it is important to identify locations where pharmacists are already engaged in patient care activities,” said Jack Burke, director of pharmacy practice at STLCOP. “Residencies are structured post-graduate learning experiences and require that the resident is precepted by an individual who is interested in developing a resident and can instruct, model, coach, and facilitate them in the practice environment. So, we are working with interested individuals to assess whether or not the practice site is ready for a resident or if additional site or preceptor development is needed before placing a resident.”
Burke will guide the creation of the new residency in partnership with Nicole Gattas, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at STLCOP, who will serve as the residency program director, and Sandra Bollinger, Pharm.D., owner of Health Priorities, Inc., who will serve as the residency site coordinator.
“The College’s Strategic Plan, STLCOP 20/20, calls for expansion of both post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) and post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) residencies,” said Burke. “We are currently identifying individuals in a variety of settings who might be interested in partnering for new programs. We hope to contribute to the growth of residency programs that is needed to meet the needs of pharmacy graduates and the profession.”
The NACDS PREP project will award grants to 30 non-profit and public academic institutions in support of community pharmacy residency expansion. For a list of academic institutions that will receive funding, and to learn more about the project, visit the NACDS Web site.