Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Infectious Disease. Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center. Boston, MA
Katlyn Grossman, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP – email@example.com
General Description and Goals
This clinical pharmacy specialist is responsible for medication management for patients treated in an Infectious Disease Clinic primarily focused on supporting patients living with HIV (PLWH), hepatitis, and on complex outpatient antimicrobial therapy. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals to design, implement, monitor, evaluate and modify pharmacotherapy to ensure safe, effective and economical patient care, particularly for patients receiving specialty drugs. The pharmacist identifies potential or actual adverse events resulting from drug therapy and recommends or initiates the necessary treatment. They identify barriers to medication adherence incorporating patient characteristics such as cultural, religious and personal beliefs, socioeconomic status, healthcare literacy and logistics. The pharmacist works closely with the care team and patient to improve access to and / or modify drug therapy to overcome barriers. Clinical pharmacy specialists provide leadership by facilitating the development, implementation and maintenance of systems that promote desirable patient outcomes. They educate professional staff members, students, interns and residents. They initiate and participate in drug therapy research.
- Participating in the care of patients seen in the infectious disease clinic as well as in a primary care or medical, surgical or pediatric specialty clinic
- Gathering, reconciling and documenting patients’ medication histories to help facilitate the refill program and assist in patient education and motivation for adherence to drug regimen
- Evaluating and documenting patients’ medication taking behaviors and designing strategies for improving drug therapy adherence when necessary
- Working with patients, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse, physicians, social workers and case managers facilitate access to medications
- Coordinating with acute care pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to ensure safe and effective transitions from inpatient to outpatient care
- Ensuring compliance with quality and regulatory standards
- Creating and maintaining institutional guidelines, protocols and policies
- Serving as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and pharmacy students
The successful candidate must be a graduate of an accredited college or university with a BS in pharmacy or a PharmD degree. The ideal candidate has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, has completed a general pharmacy practice residency and a specialty residency. Candidates without formal postgraduate training should have at least three years of practice experience in an ambulatory care setting. An understanding of prescription benefit plans is desirable.
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