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

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

12 Aug 2021 4:38 PM | Anonymous


  • Ensures the provision of optimal, cost-effective antimicrobial pharmacotherapy for individuals and populations in collaboration with a growing antimicrobial stewardship program. Provides leadership and support of antimicrobial drug-related quality improvements and research. Also provides experiential education for present and future health care practitioners. These services are provided in compliance with federal and state regulations; Joint Commission (TJC) standards; VUMC best practices, and hospital policies. 


  • Is a leader and mentor of antimicrobial management and clinical programs
  • Recognized leadership in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship 
  • Creates national visibility by presenting clinical information/programs such as poster presentations, oral abstract presentations, or publishing in nationally recognized journals
  • Maintains high level of knowledge of current standard of practice for antimicrobial stewardship via medical literature and conferences
  • Ensure pharmacy staff competency with the evaluation of patients to provide antimicrobial stewardship management
  • Track antimicrobial usage and identify processes to maximize patient safety while minimizing medication cost
  • Lead antibiotic reporting to NHSN
  • Actively participates in statewide antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and activities

·       Collaborate with experts in ID, microbiology, quality/safety/risk prevention, pharmacy and others to direct reporting requirements for antimicrobial utilization and resistance.

·       Work collaboratively with team members, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, clinical pharmacy specialists, and other health care team members to expand antimicrobial stewardship efforts and implement new programs.

·       Provide routine monitoring of antimicrobial stewardship dashboards in collaboration with pharmacy and ID physician leadership.

·       Lead antimicrobial stewardship compliance efforts for TJC and other regulatory and quality standards and best practices for antimicrobial stewardship.

·       Rounds with ID consult service and evaluates patient pharmacotherapy for appropriateness of drug selection, dosage, dosage form, route, and duration, taking into account individual patient characteristics and clinical status. 

·       Maintain collaborative, positive interactive relationships with other members of the health care team in discussion of patient pharmacotherapy and disease management issues.

·       Support Pharmacy, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Committee activities including clinical initiatives, formulary decisions, medication use evaluations, adverse event monitoring and reporting, and medication policy development through the Antimicrobial Subcommittee.

·       Triage non-formulary requests for antimicrobial therapies and manage the antimicrobial drug formulary.

·       Collaborate with Evidence-based medicine staff on order sets development and review.

·       Leads and develops treatment guidelines, protocols, standard operating procedures and policies related to antimicrobial therapy. 

·       Identify and document antimicrobial stewardship and other interventions in eStar electronic medical record. 

·       Report ADEs in VUMC’s confidential occupational occurrence reporting system, and collaborates with departmental and medication safety leadership to ensure continuous improvements in antimicrobial medication safety.

·       Provide health care team members with accurate responses to drug information questions in a timely manner utilizing available primary and tertiary reference electronic and written information sources.

·       Leads and participates in collaborative research projects.

·       Provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and other related disciplines on antimicrobial stewardship practices and clinical initiatives.

·       Precepting of Pharmacy residents and students.

·       Demonstrate a service orientation toward patients, staff, and visitors.

·       Complete all required professional and department competency assessment programs as required.


·  B.S. degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) from an accredited School of Pharmacy required.

·  Good written and verbal communication skills.

·  Demonstrate leadership in their current position. Post-licensure experience preferred.

·  Pharm.D. degree and PGY2 residency training in Infectious Diseases preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

·  Pharmacist licensure in Tennessee (or eligible).

Contact is Halden VanCleave

Pharmacy Manager



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