The Foundation provides support for continuing education programs to further address patient-centered care in the community setting.

Learn to Motivate Patients with comMIt™

Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training (comMIt™) is an online program that trains health care professionals in the art of motivational interviewing. This 8-hour course, which utilizes interactive, narrated slides and patient cases, can be found on the NACDS Foundation Education Portal.


Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered form of counseling promoting positive attitudes and actions about health care. Specifically, the program enables health care providers to engage patients in controlling any conditions they may have while also encouraging them to maximize ways to stay healthy.

Pharmacists have found that motivational interviewing techniques can help facilitate positive behavior change among patients, such as taking medication as prescribed, thereby reducing medication non-adherence.

Apply to Become a Faculty Scholar

The NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars program offers assistant professors at accredited U.S. schools or colleges of pharmacy interested in community pharmacy-based, patient-centered research the opportunity to engage in an 18-month mentorship program. Participants in the Faculty Scholars program will bring their research idea from concept to manuscript over the course of the program through a starter grant provided by NACDS Foundation, mentorship from experienced University of Pittsburgh researchers, networking with thought leaders, and attendance at national conferences.

Program activities will include: conference calls with mentors and fellow Faculty Scholars, online lecture series from community-based research leaders, in-person meetings, and small working groups.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Must be an assistant professor at an accredited U.S. school or college of pharmacy, with a minimum of 3 years experience in an assistant professor role
  • Must have the ability to implement a patient care research project at a community pharmacy practice site

Application must include:

  1. nomination from U.S. school/college of pharmacy Dean
  2. applicant statement of interest
  3. on-site mentor and potential community pharmacies where research could be conducted
  4. applicant CV

Applications for the 2018-2019 Faculty Scholars program will be accepted through Friday, October 6, 2017. Please fill out the form below.

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    1) nomination from U.S. school/college of pharmacy Dean 2) applicant statement of interest 3) on-site mentor and potential community pharmacies where research could be conducted 4) applicant CV