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Manager, Clinical Pharmacy

The University of Chicago Medicine
Illinois Medical District, Illinois, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021

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Job Description:

Join a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager in the Outpatient Pharmacy. As a Clinical Pharmacy Manger, you will function as both clinician and manager dedicated to providing support of medication use systems and delivery of optimal medication therapy throughout the medical center. Clinical Pharmacy Managers are responsible for overseeing the integration of clinical pharmacy services, drug utilization programs, and pharmacy operations. They oversee decentralized pharmacy practice and medication use systems, dedicated patient service lines and patient-centered pharmaceutical care services, and related specialty patient care areas requiring pharmacy support

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Job Summary

As the front-line managers for clinical practice, the Clinical Pharmacy Managers are responsible for ensuring medication use is aligned with evidence-based best practices and regulatory standards. They directly manage medication safety systems, regulatory compliance initiatives, and patient quality and disease outcomes programs. These leaders manage the activities of pharmacists and technicians who work within their areas and oversee the day-to-day staffing and pharmacist coverage of patient care service lines and care areas. Clinical Pharmacy Managers are accountable for the financial performance and budgetary adherence of their areas. They actively manage human, capital, and operational resources to support patient care services, medication safety systems, regulatory compliance initiatives, and quality assurance programs. They also collaborate with management peers to support all pharmacy operational areas, including central dispensing pharmacies, satellite dispensing pharmacies, and specialty pharmacy areas.

Essential Job Functions

Manages and oversees the pharmaceutical care services, direct patient care programs, medication utilization systems within assigned services and care areas to assure drug utilization activities are aligned with patient care needs, evidence-based best practices, and regulatory standards.

Designs pharmacy initiatives to maximize operational efficiency and integrates efficiency methodologies such as just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing as well as Lean, Six Sigma, and standard work principles into pharmacy distribution systems.

Manages the activities and development of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians participating in the pharmacy service programs within assigned services and care areas.

Assists with preparation of an annual budget and manages assigned budgets and financial resources including designing and implementing stewardship, cost control, and restriction/surveillance programs.

Maintain competent staff by coordinating training for new employees, coaching and mentoring of all employees, and routine communication to staff.

Manages staff development, performance improvement, and rewards/recognition programs for staff.

Manages staff scheduling, daily assignments, and employee time off to assure appropriate coverage of pharmacy programs and patient care services.

Collects and documents accurate patient medication histories and reconcile discrepancies versus orders.

Maintains proficiency in decentralized pharmacy services and clinical pharmacy programs.

Proficiently maintains patient information and efficiently interprets patients' health care needs including patient problem lists and prioritized pharmacist interventions.

Implements, evaluates, and redesigns pharmaceutical care plans based on patient progress and evolving goals for medication usage, including drug dosing, monitoring (including nutritional support, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and anticoagulation therapy, etc.).

Completes critical patient monitoring and reviews patient profile/chart to identify, prevent, or mitigate drug-related problems, improper drug or dose selection, sub therapeutic dosage, over dosage, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, failure to receive drugs, untreated indications, medication use without an indication, and treatment failures.

Develops student, resident, and staff training experiences/competencies and creates new relationships for teaching and training opportunities.

Identifies, designs, and implements improvements in the medication use system to advance patient safety, maximize therapeutic outcomes, or control costs.

Represents the department at hospital meetings, committees, and events as requested.

Required Qualifications

Graduate of an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy.

Doctor of Pharmacy or other advanced degree required

Completion of ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, PGY-2 Specialty Pharmacy, or PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency required.

Clinical and operational pharmacy experience (5-7 years) in a hospital setting.

Preferred Qualifications

MHA, MBA, Masters of Science, or other advanced degree highly preferred.

Position Details

Job Type/FTE: Full Time (1.00)

Shift: Days- 8am-4:40pm

Unit/Department: Outpatient Pharmacy

CBA Code: Non-Union

In this role, we anticipate that you will generally work approximately 40 hours per week. We anticipate that you will generally be scheduled to work the day shift, from approximately 8am-4:30pm and will be scheduled for on-call shifts. We anticipate you will be scheduled to work 100% at the Hyde Park campus. The days of the week that you are scheduled will be Monday-Friday with no scheduled weekends.

Must comply with UCMC's COVID-19 Vaccination requirement as a condition of employment. If you have already received the vaccination, you must provide proof as part of the pre-employment process. This is in addition to your compliance with the Flu Vaccination requirement as well. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered consistent with applicable law. Lastly, a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and background check are also required for all employees prior to hire.

Why Join Us:

We've been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We're in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you'd like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we're doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.


Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront.

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The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.
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