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

Infectious Diseases Pharmacist – Pharmacist 3 (Part- Time)

29 Nov 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous

University of Washington Medical Center /  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: Seattle, WA

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) combines the adult and pediatric oncology patient care services of three world-renowned cancer care institutions Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children's, and UW Medicine. The SCCA Pharmacist team provides extensive pharmaceutical care to inpatient and ambulatory patients. In addition to direct care, pharmacists participate in drug therapy consults, conduct clinical research protocols, provide patient/family/staff education, and precept pharmacy students and residents.

The Pharmacist 3 will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, with a focus on optimizing the use of antimicrobial agents in our ambulatory clinic. They will be actively involved in development and implementation of guidelines, education, and evaluation of antimicrobial usage. The Pharmacist 3 must have strong background in infectious disease to work with the Antimicrobial Stewardship program at the SCCA clinic, joining the team made up of an attending physician, Advanced Practice Practitioners, and an additional Infectious Disease Pharmacist. This person will partner together with the team to implement institutional guidelines and engage in process improvement work to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Additionally, this individual will provide expertise to support the outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) program and infectious disease clinic. The pharmacist will participate in designing safe, cost effective therapies and provide education to health-care practitioners. As part of the health-care team our clinical pharmacists work closely with the medical staff and nursing to advise on appropriate and safe medication therapy. In addition to direct patient care, pharmacists participate in daily rounds, provide drug therapy consults, participate in clinical research, and provide staff/patient and family education, and precept pharmacy students and residents.

Clinical responsibilities

Clinical:

  • Work with the physician to define and implement institutional guidelines for appropriate use of antimicrobials.
  • Round with selected teams on a regular basis.
  • Facilitate transition of appropriate patients to ambulatory antimicrobial therapy.
  • Attend microbiology plate rounds.
  • Improve antimicrobial prescribing practices through education of provider staff and clinical pharmacy staff.
  • Evaluate trends of antimicrobial resistance throughout the UW Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
  • Review and provide feedback to providers on antimicrobial use
  • Participate in DUE and organizational process improvement projects.
  • Work in partnership with Infection Prevention.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Academic:

  • Primary preceptorship of pharmacy practice and specialty residents and PharmD candidates.
  • Education of provider staff and other healthcare providers.
  • Presentations to pharmacy staff and other health-care providers when appropriate.
  • Didactic teaching of PharmD candidates at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.
  • Publication of clinical literature in professional journals.
  • Attendance and participation in local, regional and national conferences and educational meetings.

Time Commitment:

  • Currently approved as a 0.5 FTE (Full time equivalent)
  • Opportunities to pair this with partial FTE in pharmacy operations to comprise 1.0 FTE
  • Opportunity for expansion to full 1.0 FTE may be possible in future

Requirements:

Two years of experience in pharmacy practice. Months spent in the completion of an American Society of Health System Pharmacists accredited residency training program may substitute month-for-month for the experience. State of Washington Pharmacist License required prior to starting. Infectious Diseases Pharmacy residency or fellowship training preferred.

Contacts:

For more information about the position please email:

Clinical Manager: Mary Chi PharmD (marychi@seattlecca.org)

SCCA Antimicrobial Stewardship Team: Frank Tverdek Pharm D (ftverdek@seattlecca.org) and Catherine Liu MD (Catherine.liu@fredhutch.org)

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