ADVANCE infectious diseases pharmacy and LEAD antimicrobial stewardship in order
to OPTIMIZE the care of patients

Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position

24 Feb 2021 3:22 PM | Anonymous

Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position

Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

The Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy is seeking an ambitious individual for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track (optional tenure track) faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with a focus in infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship.

The successful applicant will be actively involved in didactic and experiential teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and serve as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Antibiotic Stewardship at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (MUSC SJCH). 

Faculty expectations will include coordination of infectious disease-related courses (e.g., Microbiology), providing didactic lectures, facilitation of laboratories or small group discussions, providing experiential rotations in infectious disease and antibiotic stewardship, and other duties, as assigned.  The faculty member will serve on department, college, or university committees as requested by the Chair or the Dean. The faculty member will attend all departmental and college meetings. Scholarship is expected.

Qualifications for the position include a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited College/School of Pharmacy, an active South Carolina pharmacist license, completion of a residency in infectious disease (a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and two years of relevant clinical pharmacy experience may substitute for the infectious disease residency), excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong interest in teaching and advancing pharmacy practice.  Previous experience in teaching pharmacy students is preferred.  The faculty member must maintain current certification in Basic Life Support and must be BLS certified within 3 months of hire date.  Additionally, Board of Pharmacy Specialties certification in infectious disease is preferred and expected within 2 years of hire date.

Expected assignment of percent effort:

Teaching               40%

Scholarship            5%

Service                    5%

Clinical Practice     50%

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Job Description

Position Description

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship provides coordinated and comprehensive clinical pharmacy services to patients cared for by the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (MUSC SJCH). The specialist optimizes patient outcomes while providing leadership in clinical practice, education, and scholarly activities. Services include but are not limited to:  drug therapy management in collaboration with the medical and pharmacy team, patient counseling, addressing the needs of nursing personnel regarding drug disposition and usage, health care professional and trainee education, and ensuring timely and medically appropriate dispensing of medications to patients, when appropriate. The Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship specialist is part of a multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship team with a goal of achieving appropriate antimicrobial selection to optimize clinical outcomes, improve patient safety, and impede the development of drug-resistant microorganisms for adult and pediatric patients.

Job Responsibility

Clinical Pharmacy Services

  • Participates as an integral member of the assigned patient care team. Assists with therapeutic decisions such as drug product selection, drug dosing, and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Develops patient care plans in concert with the medical and pharmacy team
  • Recommends therapy or alternative approaches based on interpretation of relevant medical literature and clinical experience
  • Makes recommendations in a clear, succinct, and appropriate manner
  • Considers age, weight, and organ function when evaluating patients and patient's therapies
  • Interviews patients/caregivers and conducts physical assessments in a tactful and appropriate manner to determine medical history, previous medication use, medical condition, and response to therapy
  • Interprets laboratory and other patient-specific data to develop treatment plans and monitor response to therapy
  • Applies pharmacokinetic principles to achieve efficacious, safe, and economical therapeutic regimens
  • Responds to therapeutic queries posed by physicians and other health care providers
  • Identifies and manages drug-related problems such as complications resulting from drug therapy (e.g., ineffective therapy, allergic reactions, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions)
  • Performs basic cardiac life support and participates in drug therapy management during medical emergencies, if applicable
  • Ensures a continuum of care by cooperating with other health professional and outside health organizations
  • Counsels patients and/or caregivers as to proper drug administration, potential adverse reactions, and medication storage
  • Provides on-call service on a rotational basis, as applicable
  • Cooperates with the program assistant and other financial support personnel to acquire medications for indigent patients, as applicable
  • Provides clinical pharmacy services to the pediatric infectious disease consult service, including daily rounds, if feasible
  • Serves as a pharmacy liaison to the microbiology lab and infection control group
  • Serves as the MUSC SJCH contact for anti-infective formulary decisions, including restrictions and shortages management and communicates with other SJCH pharmacy team members about these issues
  • Attends meetings related to antimicrobial stewardship projects and clinical services on a local, state, and national level.
Distributive Pharmacy Services
  • Coordinates the timely, accurate delivery, and administration of medication to patients in conjunction with pharmacy and nursing team members, as applicable
  • Identifies and resolves daily operational and/or clinical problems which arise in his/her area of practice working with staff from other departments, as necessary
  • Facilitates referrals for prior authorizations and patient assistance in a timely manner, when needed
  • Verifies medication orders after evaluating all necessary information (e.g., therapeutic need, formulary status, accurate dosing information), if applicable
Drug Information / Scholarly Activities
  • Retrieves, analyzes, evaluates, and interprets the scientific literature as a means of providing audience specific drug information
  • Participates in scholarly activity and keeps department informed of developments in area of expertise
  • Prepares and presents formulary reviews of drugs or drug therapy classes to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in the area of expertise
  • Works with drug information staff to solicit ideas for anti-infective related medication use evaluations

Staff Development, Education and Training Activities

  • Provides in-service education to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals (minimum of one in-service per month)
  • Serves as a preceptor for baccalaureate and PharmD students and residents
  • Attends hospital, medical, and pharmacy department conferences
  • Actively participates as a presenter in departmental staff development programs
  • Orients and trains all new personnel in assigned areas, as applicable
  • Serves as the primary educational resource for anti-infective related topics related to Anti-infective Subcommittee initiatives

System of Care / Documentation of Pharmaceutical Care / Project Manager

  • Serves as a liaison between the clinical service team and/or ICCE physician and nurse leadership and the Department of Pharmacy
  • Develops pharmacy systems and operations for optimizing clinical pharmacy care to patients on the respective service team or ICCE
  • Coordinates review of medication history for accuracy, comparing inpatient medications to home medications, and reconciling discrepancies with appropriate prescribers, as applicable
  • Participates on medical rounds while providing support and structure for all pharmacists rounding on associated service teams
  • Coordinates completion of discharge counseling on appropriate patients (e.g., high-risk for readmission, high-risk medication regimen), as applicable
  • In conjunction with other team members, develops, implements and complies with drug-use programs policies such as critical pathways, treatment algorithms, targeted-drug programs, treatment guidelines, and protocols
  • Works with other health care providers and relevant policy-making committees to establish policy or implement improvements that improve drug therapy outcomes (efficacy, safety, cost effectiveness) and overall quality of patient care
  • Establishes processes to evaluate the cost effectiveness and quality of service-related outcomes
  • Adheres to all drug use policy and formulary decisions of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Evaluates and documents the impact of clinical pharmacy services upon patient care outcomes (e.g., clinical outcomes, quality of life outcomes, and cost outcomes)
  • Participates in departmental programs such as clinical documentation, process improvement, monitored drug program, medication occurrence reporting (PSI), and adverse drug reaction reporting
  • Documents interventions, including therapeutic recommendations and patient education, in the electronic health record
  • Identifies, develops, and implements the necessary infrastructure, procedures, and relationships for a successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Team
  • Serves on the Anti-infective Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Collects data related to anti-infective prescribing and utilization and report to pharmacy, physicians, hospital leadership, and state and national authorities, as applicable.
  • Serves as a resource for other pharmacy clinical specialists for collaborative efforts to improve anti-infective use
  • Develops and achieves annual quality and financial goals for anti-infective utilization
  • Measures quality and financial success by establishing appropriate indicators, such as resistance patterns and anti-infective cost per patient day
  • Ensures compliance with anti-infective-related clinical pathways and guidelines (e.g., hospital-acquired pneumonia, CMS guidelines for Surgical Infection Prevention)

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