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Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

17 Aug 2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous

Job Location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA


Job Summary: The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) serves as a leader in clinical pharmacy practice in a specific clinical area, or various clinical areas, as determined by hospital needs. Specialists provide comprehensive clinical and distributive medication management services and will utilize their advanced clinical skills in the provision of evidenced-based, safe, and cost-effective drug therapy to achieve optimal medication therapy outcomes. They serve as a drug information and educational resource for the pharmacy staff, patients, residents/students, medical staff, nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will participate in the development of clinical guidelines/protocols, new programs/services, and facilitate professional development activities in their area of expertise.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Practices pharmacy in accordance with laws, rules and regulation of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Department of Public Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Drug Enforcement Administration and in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures. Maintains credentials in accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
  2. Functions as a therapeutic expert and performs pharmacy consultations per policy guidelines. Works collaboratively with providers to provide guidance on appropriate use of medications, clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, disease state management, and nutrition. Recommends evidence-based medication therapy regimens and monitoring plans.
  3. Works collaboratively with the clinical pharmacy coordinators to develop and implement evidence-based medication guidelines/standard operating procedures/policies. Attends and actively participates in hospital committees pertinent to specific practice area.
  4. Enters/verifies medication orders in the computer processing system accurately and efficiently. Ensures appropriateness of all medication doses in reference to patient's diagnosis, weight/body surface area, age, allergies, and drug interactions. Clarifies incomplete and unclear orders. Suggests appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed per formulary guidelines.
  5. Precepts PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, and contributes to staff development in area of specialty practice. Works collaboratively with the clinical pharmacy coordinator to develop the pharmacy skills of pharmacy staff members by teaching and exemplifying those skills to the team members.
  6. Provides educational information/seminars to physicians and other Licensed Independent Practitioners (staff), nursing staff, and other allied health care professionals as needed or assigned. Facilitates collection and analysis of medication-use data per predefined criteria and formulates appropriate recommendations for implementation.
  7. Provides patient consultations, assessments, and educations as needed to meet patient care needs. Documents patient care activities appropriately in a manner specified by the pharmacy department. Oversees and directs pharmacy support personnel including the daily activities of technicians.
  8. Serves in a professional capacity on unit-based decentralized teams. Acts as a liaison to the nursing units, in assigned practice area, in order to communicate pertinent information and to facilitate communication. Accurately re-establishes priorities based on workload and patient needs and ensures that medication doses are delivered within established departmental guidelines.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy required. Doctoral degree in Pharmacy (PharmD) preferred.
  2. License Massachusetts Pharmacist required.
  3. 1-3 years related work experience required.
  4. 1 year Pharmacy residency or 3 years of Clinical Pharmacy experience in hospital setting.
  5. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Pharmacy Residency PGY2 specialty experience or equivalent experience or 5 years of clinical pharmacy experience in a hospital setting.
  2. Board certification in a Pharmacotherapy specialty.
  3. Project management and program development experience a plus. Pharmacy residency preceptor experience preferred. Coaching and mentoring of pharmacy staff experience preferred. Demonstrates advanced pharmacy knowledge related to area of practice.

For questions please contact Christopher McCoy, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP at cmccoy@bidmc.harvard.edu

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