Ensures the provision of optimal, cost-effective antimicrobial pharmacotherapy for individuals and populations in collaboration with a growing antimicrobial stewardship program. Provides leadership and support of antimicrobial drug-related quality improvements and research. Also provides experiential education for present and future health care practitioners. These services are provided in compliance with federal and state regulations; Joint Commission (TJC) standards; VUMC best practices, and hospital policies.
- Is a leader and mentor of antimicrobial management and clinical programs
- Recognized leadership in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship
- Creates national visibility by presenting clinical information/programs such as poster presentations, oral abstract presentations, or publishing in nationally recognized journals
- Maintains high level of knowledge of current standard of practice for antimicrobial stewardship via medical literature and conferences
- Ensure pharmacy staff competency with the evaluation of patients to provide antimicrobial stewardship management
- Track antimicrobial usage and identify processes to maximize patient safety while minimizing medication cost
- Lead antibiotic reporting to NHSN
- Actively participates in statewide antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and activities
· Collaborate with experts in ID, microbiology, quality/safety/risk prevention, pharmacy and others to direct reporting requirements for antimicrobial utilization and resistance.
· Work collaboratively with team members, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, clinical pharmacy specialists, and other health care team members to expand antimicrobial stewardship efforts and implement new programs.
· Provide routine monitoring of antimicrobial stewardship dashboards in collaboration with pharmacy and ID physician leadership.
· Lead antimicrobial stewardship compliance efforts for TJC and other regulatory and quality standards and best practices for antimicrobial stewardship.
· Rounds with ID consult service and evaluates patient pharmacotherapy for appropriateness of drug selection, dosage, dosage form, route, and duration, taking into account individual patient characteristics and clinical status.
· Maintain collaborative, positive interactive relationships with other members of the health care team in discussion of patient pharmacotherapy and disease management issues.
· Support Pharmacy, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Committee activities including clinical initiatives, formulary decisions, medication use evaluations, adverse event monitoring and reporting, and medication policy development through the Antimicrobial Subcommittee.
· Triage non-formulary requests for antimicrobial therapies and manage the antimicrobial drug formulary.
· Collaborate with Evidence-based medicine staff on order sets development and review.
· Leads and develops treatment guidelines, protocols, standard operating procedures and policies related to antimicrobial therapy.
· Identify and document antimicrobial stewardship and other interventions in eStar electronic medical record.
· Report ADEs in VUMC’s confidential occupational occurrence reporting system, and collaborates with departmental and medication safety leadership to ensure continuous improvements in antimicrobial medication safety.
· Provide health care team members with accurate responses to drug information questions in a timely manner utilizing available primary and tertiary reference electronic and written information sources.
· Leads and participates in collaborative research projects.
· Provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and other related disciplines on antimicrobial stewardship practices and clinical initiatives.
· Precepting of Pharmacy residents and students.
· Demonstrate a service orientation toward patients, staff, and visitors.
· Complete all required professional and department competency assessment programs as required.
· B.S. degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) from an accredited School of Pharmacy required.
· Good written and verbal communication skills.
· Demonstrate leadership in their current position. Post-licensure experience preferred.
· Pharm.D. degree and PGY2 residency training in Infectious Diseases preferred
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
· Pharmacist licensure in Tennessee (or eligible).
Contact is Halden VanCleave