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

Pharmacist Specialist - Infectious Diseases (PHARMACIST 5)

06 Mar 2020 12:50 PM | Anonymous

Pharmacist Specialist - Infectious Diseases (PHARMACIST 5)


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Department Description

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides a full range of services for patients cared for by the Medical Center as well as its providers and payers.

These services include, but are not limited to, drug procurement, storage, and security; safe accurate and timely preparation and distribution of drugs; clinical pharmacy services for patients; development of drug use policies within the Medical Center; drug information services for clinicians and patients; and participation in technology assessment and quality assurance programs.

The Department collaborates with the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy, an academic unit within the School of Pharmacy, which has primary responsibility for teaching professional courses in the Pharm.D. curriculum, research, and public service.

The Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Department of Pharmaceutical Services share its philosophy of pharmaceutical care.

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to provide an expert level consultation to the pharmacy, medical and nursing staff in the area of antibiotic utilization.

The Pharmacy Specialist will perform the following functions:

 * Collaborates with infectious diseases [ID] providers and other professionals to run an antimicrobial stewardship program and Infectious Diseases Management Program [IDMP]

 * Develops intervention strategies to optimize antibiotic utilization, including but not limited to antibiotic guidelines, clinical pathways, restricted use criteria, and policy development

 * Provides collaborative pharmaceutical care with staff pharmacists to patients receiving anti-infective therapy

 * Establishes a means to report and monitor ongoing anti-infective utilization

 * Identifies opportunities for improvement regarding anti-infective use, including but not limited to performing medication use evaluations and conducting prospective audits

 * Provides ongoing education to pharmacists, providers, and other disciplines throughout UCSF Medical Center

 * Works closely with the Infection Control Department and participate in their meetings

 * Performs formulary evaluation for anti-infectives

 * Provides appropriate documentation of all activities

 * Presents at local and national meetings and publishes in peer-reviewed journals

 * Precepts residents and students in infectious diseases rotation. Serves as the PGY2 ID Residency program Director

 * Evaluates medication error reduction strategies related to anti-infectives

 * Serves as the pharmacy department liaison with the Infectious Diseases division in both the inpatient and outpatient settings

 * Serves on committees for both hospital and clinic as directed by the Director of Pharmacy

Specifically, it requires a close and effective working relationship with other departments in the medical center as well as with the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and the School of Pharmacy.

Required Qualifications

* Two years hospital pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy practice experience in an Infectious Diseases

 * Post graduate year 1 [PGY1] in Pharmacy Practice; or equivalent experience

 * Post graduate year 2 [PGY2] in Infectious Diseases; or equivalent experience

 * BS Pharmacy; or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm D)

 * Knowledge and expertise of pharmacotherapy clinical pharmacy practice in Infectious Diseases with experience in Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

 * Knowledge of developments in research and design in Infectious Diseases pharmacotherapy including new or reformulated products being developed by medical and pharmaceutical researchers; stays updated on industry trends and best practices in optimizing the use of medication to treat patients.

 * Knowledge of relevant Pharmacy Department, medical center, and UC policies and protocols including medicine storage, safety, and patient privacy and treatment; knowledge of all relevant pharmacy federal and state laws and regulations

 * Ability to work carefully, methodically and accurately

 * Program and project management skills to manage multiple priorities, and deliver responsive customer service to patients; demonstrates adaptability and flexibility, anticipates and effectively handles change

 * Analytical skills and scientific aptitude; critical thinking skills to challenge conventional practices and apply knowledge to recommend innovative, industry leading improvements

 * Interpersonal skills to maintain relationships with healthcare professionals on patient care team, researchers, and pharmacy department and develop relationships with industry leaders. Interpersonal skills to address sensitive patient situations with a caring and sympathetic manner

 * Demonstrated ability to collaborate with patient treatment team; advanced verbal and written communication skills

 * The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Health locations

Preferred Qualifications

* Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and / or Board Certification in     Specialty Practice

 * Knowledge of relevant information systems


 * Current Registered Pharmacist in the State of California

 * Active American Heart Association CPR Certification

Living Pride Standards


Service Excellence

 * Demonstrates service excellence by following the Everyday PRIDE Guide with the UCSF Medical Center standards and expectations for communication and behavior. These standards and expectations convey specific behavior associated with the Medical Center's values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence, and provide guidance on how we communicate with patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and students, virtually everyone, every day and with every encounter. These standards include, but are not limited to: personal appearance, acknowledging and greeting all patients and families, introductions using AIDET, managing up, service recovery, managing delays and expectations, phone standards, electronic communication, team work, cultural sensitivity and competency.

 * Uses effective communication skills with patients and staff; demonstrates proper telephone techniques and etiquette; acts as an escort to any patient or family member needing directions; shows sensitivity to differences of culture; demonstrates a positive and supportive manner in which patients / families/ colleagues perceive interactions as positive and supportive. Exhibits team work skills to positively acknowledge and recognize other colleagues, and uses personal experiences to model and teach Living PRIDE standards.

 * Exhibits tact and professionalism in difficult situations according to PRIDE Values and Practices

 * Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to privacy, confidentiality, and security policies and procedures related to Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive and personal information.

 * Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.

 * Assumes accountability for improving quality metrics associated with department/unit and meeting organizational/departmental targets.

Work Environment

 * Keeps working areas neat, orderly and clutter-free, including the hallways. Adheres to cleaning processes and puts things back where they belong. Removes and reports broken equipment and furniture.

 * Picks up and disposes of any litter found throughout entire facility.

 * Posts flyers and posters in designated areas only; does not post on walls, doors or windows.

 * Knows where the Environment of Care Manual is kept in department; corrects or reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate departments.

 * Protects the physical environment and equipment from damage and theft.

The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.

To apply for this position, please click here.

For questions, please contact Erin Haney at the link below.

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