Pharmacy Fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases
Rachel Marini, PharmD, BCIDP
Supervisor Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Director AMP/ID Fellowship
The UPMC Pharmacy Administration and Antimicrobial Stewardship (PAAS) Fellowship Program is comprised of practical, real-world experiences in antimicrobial stewardship and leadership to develop skills to prepare pharmacists to assume leadership positions in antimicrobial stewardship pharmacy practice. This position is Monday - Friday 7 am - 3 pm with additional on-call responsibilities overnight (these on-call responsibilities are taken from home). Staffing is every 4th weekend Saturday/Sunday either AM or PM shift (6:30-3 pm or 1:30 - 10 pm). In addition to one major holiday and two minor holidays.
- Stipend for year 1 - $76,668
- Stipend for year 2 - $82,534
The program is designed to provide a clinical and operational foundation of hospital antimicrobial stewardship care through the first year. This year focuses on applying core leadership principles and antimicrobial stewardship skills as integrated experiences. These experiences include rounding with clinical infectious diseases consult teams (including transplant infectious diseases, surgical (endovascular) infectious diseases, and general infectious diseases), antimicrobial stewardship block assignments for prospective audits with feedback and prior authorization practices, assistance with new service/protocol implementation, and financial stewardship.
The fellow will also spend time in longitudinal experiences including the antimicrobial stewardship on-call coverage during the evening and overnight timelines. The fellow will be provided the opportunity to manage and lead projects in a hands-on environment. The fellow will have the chance to navigate the changing nature of the healthcare landscape through solid partnerships with a multi-disciplinary team and cross-campus stewardship team members where they can develop skills that allow them to respond effectively to these changes in a live environment. This first year also allows the fellow to find their passions within pharmacy through exposure to selected areas of interest, interacting with diverse patient populations and medical teams, and refining research and teaching skills. The second year focuses on ownership and responsibility of a lead project and initiative through the antimicrobial stewardship pathway. The fellow will select a designated area of interest in antimicrobial stewardship and will focus on mastering the necessary skills. This area of interest will be selected based on the identified area of focus and will support the needs of the antimicrobial stewardship team. Specific requirements will differ slightly depending on the area of concentration. This allows fellows to experience the role of a team leader and accountability for performance within their selected project of interest.
- Completion of the 18 core rotations plus 6 elective rotations. The availability of elective courses is subject to the fellows' interests and also the availability of the division/department desired.
- Coordinate day-to-day operational management.
- Build relationships throughout the organization and proactively seek projects and opportunities for the second year of the fellowship.
- Assist in the recruitment of new Administrative Fellows and should serve as a mentor for junior colleagues.
- Attend all relevant management and administrative meetings. You may be required to provide administrative support for some of these meetings.
- Lead special projects and system-wide initiatives both short and long-term.
- Maintain a portfolio of work and experiences as at the end of the program, Fellows will have gained an understanding of clinical operations both in the pharmacy and in general for the hospital at large, as well as had the opportunity to work in areas such as finance, business/network development, performance improvement, human resources, patient safety/quality, physician relations, nursing relations and marketing/recruitment/ talent acquisition/communications and use the portfolio to demonstrate this involvement.
- Provide a written summary of experiences and key issues learned at the conclusion of each rotation and must provide feedback on how the rotation could be improved.
- Participate in a structured mentorship program that requires meeting regularly with preceptors and mentors and providing all necessary information to ensure a mutually beneficial experience.
- Must complete all tasks and projects as assigned by members of the program director, coordinator, and preceptors.
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from an accredited school of pharmacy or B.S. with 2 years of experience. Completion of a residency program preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
- Pharmacist license required within 6 months
- UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran
- Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.
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