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Ambulatory Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

08 Jul 2022 6:59 AM | Shelley Warnock (Administrator)

Ambulatory Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Reading Hospital

Reading, PA


The Ambulatory Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will provide oversight of pharmaceutical care to outpatients managed in the Infectious Diseases Division. The clinical pharmacy specialist will play an essential role in implementing an outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) program to manage and monitor OPAT patients before, during, and after their admission to promote positive clinical outcomes.  Activities will include evaluating, monitoring, and modifying drug therapy, providing recommendations to optimize patient outcomes, minimizing safety issues, ensuring cost effectiveness, and providing drug information to patients and medical personnel. Creates collaborative practice agreements and/or protocol-driven practices as appropriate. The pharmacist will serve as a liaison with outpatient pharmacies to ensure patients receive the prescribed medication. The pharmacist should be an effective communicator and be able to integrate themselves within the health care team. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will be expected to coordinate educational opportunities for the ID division and members of the health care team.  The pharmacist will participate in relevant ID focus group committees such as antimicrobial stewardship.  This position will be responsible for leading and managing ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.  The pharmacist will fulfill requirements associated with hospital and department policies and procedures, JCAHO and other regulatory agencies and participate in quality initiatives.


  • Doctorate Degree
  • Completion of PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 Infectious Diseases pharmacy residency preferred
  • Board certification as an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist preferred (BCIDP)


  • Relevant Experience - Experience with OPAT program preferred
  • PA Pharmacist License


  • Assistance with managing Infectious Diseases patients with polypharmacy and complex drug/drug interactions and IV and oral medication adjustments
  • Implementing an OPAT program to manage and monitor OPAT patients before, during, and after their admission to promote positive clinical outcomes.
  • Provide therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) services to ID practitioners initiating and maintaining OPAT.
  • Identify laboratory abnormalities and screen for drug-drug interactions among outpatients on antibiotics.
  • Recommend antibiotic dose adjustments or changes in therapy to ID providers.
  • Collaborate with home IV infusion companies and local nursing homes who are providing IV antimicrobial infusions.
  • Ensure that timing of antibiotic levels is performed appropriately (vancomycin, aminoglycoside) through discussions with the outpatient nurse and the patient.
  • Improve therapeutic outcomes of Reading Hospital patients requiring antibiotics.
  • Reduce adverse events experienced by patients as a result of antibiotics.
  • Reduce readmission rates among patients requiring outpatient antibiotic treatment.
  • Enhance the continuity of care of patients initiated on outpatient antibiotic treatment.
  • Document and track quality improvement metrics for patients receiving outpatient antibiotic treatment.
  • Lead and manage ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements, develops and implements policy and procedures for prompt, safe and efficient patient care.
  • Verifies data, develops measures, and reports outcomes (Performance Improvement).
  • Participates in the education/experiential training of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents.
  • Prepare submissions such as posters or articles to professional societies.
  • Support cost savings initiatives

Has active role in assessment and selection of cost-effective pharmaceuticals.

For questions/more information, contact:

Rebecca S. Cofsky, Pharm.D., BCIDP, AAHIVP
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Antibiotic Stewardship, CoDirector

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