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Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

06 Mar 2024 11:56 AM | Shelley Warnock (Administrator)

Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Location: University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, UT

Contact: Karen Fong, PharmD, BCIDP

Details/job description:

Clinical Pharmacist – Antimicrobial Stewardship Program:

This pharmacist will join an established Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) consisting of pharmacists and physicians. This position will provide the opportunity to further develop and expand the existing ASP. This pharmacist will serve as a clinical resource to providers and nurses as well as the Department of Pharmacy Services. This position, in conjunction with the stewardship team will identify opportunities to improve antimicrobial prescribing across the University of Utah Health system specifically focusing on the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and other immunocompromised patient services. Additional roles will include implementing stewardship interventions and tracking and evaluating the impact of these interventions for patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. This position works collaboratively with providers, nurses, and pharmacists as well as other teams across the system. The primary focus of the position is Antimicrobial Stewardship; however, the pharmacist will be responsible for providing back-up coverage to Infectious Disease Pharmacists and their areas of clinical responsibilities. This position also offers the opportunity to teach learners (students, residents) and participate in clinical research. As a starting expectation, this would consist of a majority of in-person work.

The following outlines the responsibilities that are included but are not limited to the following functions:

·        Develop inpatient and outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in conjunction with the physician and pharmacy ASP Co-Leaders.

·        Maintain existing protocols for approval of restricted antimicrobials, prospective audit and feedback of broad-spectrum antimicrobials and optimizing use of infectious diseases rapid diagnostics. Target interventions include documentation of stewardship recommendations using progress notes in the medical record.

·        Participate in in-person “handshake rounds”/prospective audit and feedback with physician co-lead minimum of 3 days per week.

·        Participate in antibiotic allergy de-labeling interventions which includes in-person patient discussion and education.

·        Share antimicrobial stewardship pager duties with other team members. The antimicrobial stewardship pager is staffed 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm and takes calls for restricted antimicrobials and assistance with other stewardship related provider and pharmacist questions. This is split with the rest of the stewardship team.

·        Develop new protocols and manage antimicrobial stewardship projects and initiatives.

·        Analyze antimicrobial utilization data and other program outcome data and prepare and present reports.

·        Mentor front line pharmacists regarding optimal infectious diseases care and antimicrobial stewardship, including participation in and leading quarterly stewardship-focused grand rounds.

·        Participate in departmental and interdisciplinary committees to improve patient safety, therapeutic outcomes, and cost savings.

·        Be responsible for the care of patients as well as the development of effective, professional relationships within the multidisciplinary team.

·        Design and provide effective in-service education for physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and other practitioners on antimicrobial use issues.

This position will strongly prefer candidates with PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency and prior antimicrobial stewardship experience (2 years experience or more preferred). Data management skills also preferred in order to assess utilization and impact of antimicrobial interventions

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