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Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Transplant Infectious Diseases

Employer
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Location
75390, Dallas
Salary
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Sep 28, 2022

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Infectious Diseases
Work Setting
Health System
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WHY UT SOUTHWESTERN?

With over 75 years of excellence in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, UT Southwestern is committed to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and compassion. As a world-renowned medical and research center, we strive to provide the best possible care, resources, and benefits for our valued employees. Ranked as the #1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth for the fifth consecutive year, we invite you to continue your healthcare career with us at William P. Clements Jr. University (CUH) Hospital. You’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism, and consistent opportunities for learning and advancement into leadership roles.

 

JOB SUMMARY

We are seeking applicants for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist position in Transplant Infectious Diseases at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

This position is part of the pharmacy department and functions as the pharmacy expert on the interdisciplinary transplant ID consult team. The transplant ID specialist serves as a leader for the department in their specialty area of practice through organizing and executing appropriate departmental initiatives, maintaining transplant specific aspects of the antimicrobial stewardship program, and providing education and teaching for pharmacy colleagues, providers, and trainees at all levels of practice. Day-to-day activities include rounding on the inpatient transplant ID service; evaluating, monitoring, and modifying drug therapy to optimize patient outcomes and safety; and precepting pharmacy residents and/or students. Additionally, there is dedicated time to serve on the inpatient antimicrobial stewardship team and opportunities to lead or participate in research and scholarship. UTSW has three ID consult services (teaching and non-teaching general ID consult teams and transplant ID consult team), an OPAT program, and an antimicrobial stewardship program. Among these teams, there are currently four ID clinical pharmacy specialists.

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position that will be scheduled primarily day shifts with occasional need to take calls at other times, as needed, at the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (CUH) Inpatient Pharmacy on the UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center campus in Dallas.  UTSW is proud to offer a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

  • Paid (zero premium) medical coverage for employees starting first day
  • State of Texas defined-benefit pension plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (vacation & sick leave plus paid holidays)
  • On-site child care centers, dependent/elder back-up care and work/life programs

To learn more about the benefits UT Southwestern offers visit https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/employees/hr-resources/ 

 

EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION

Must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of both PGY1 and PGY2 from an ASHP-accredited residency program; OR
  • Completion of PGY1 from an ASHP-accredited residency program and 4 years as a pharmacist in a progressive clinical practice within  infectious diseases; OR
  • Completion of a specialty fellowship infectious diseases; OR
  • 6 years as a pharmacist in a progressive clinical practice within infectious diseases.

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy is required.

Eligible for licensure by Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) is required and Texas license with TSBP within 30 days of date of hire. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification with course accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA). BPS board certification is preferred.

Working knowledge of computers and data-entry skills are essential. Ability to communicate clearly in English (speaking, reading, and writing) is required. Good general health and a strong ability to cope with stress in a faced-paced environment is a must. Position requires moderate physical effort: prolonged standing/walking, occasional lifting/carrying (up to 25 lbs.), reaching, bending, crouching, etc. (OSHA Category III).

 

JOB DUTIES 

  1. Performs job responsibilities in accordance with organizational and departmental policies and procedures, performance improvement objectives and environmental/infection control standards.
  2. Develops/implements process to meet/comply with the Joint Commission and regulatory requirements.
  3. Coordinates staff training, competencies, certification and continued education specific to specialty.
  4. Assists clinical staff pharmacists with therapeutic monitoring, patient assessments, interpretation of lab values, and pharmacokinetic calculations. Identify opportunities for process improvements, develops and implements policy and procedures for prompt, safe and efficient patient care. 
  5. Required clinical activities include a) Yearly development of a cost-saving initiative, quality, and/or operations improvement with manager sponsor, MUE or drug class review with manager sponsor b) yearly ACPE/non-ACPE presentation (rotating between ACPE/non-ACPE) c) individual CE in areas of specialty (6 hours) d) P&T or Subcommittee Attendance (50% Attendance requirement) d) Annual submission of research project on Research Submission Template (Due April 1st every year).
  6. Actively promotes pharmacy. Coordinates and participates in multidisciplinary in-services/meetings, publishes articles (i.e. staff newsletter), individualized drug information, rounds, consults, etc. Maintains high visibility/availability through participation in in-services, meetings and daily activities. Participates in the education/experiential training of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents.
  7. Actively manage P&T initiatives through monitoring of documented interventions. Verifies data, develops measures and reports outcomes (Performance Improvement). Supports cost savings initiatives. Has active role in assessment and selection of cost-effective pharmaceuticals. Reviews formulary addition request and develops monographs for presentation. Manage the formulary system and procedures for acquisition of non-formulary product.
  8. Consistently works and problem solves independently and effectively. Takes charge when necessary and is looked to for direction. Makes the right decisions and uses good judgment. Cross trained and multifunctional maintaining competency in multiple areas. Mentors clinical staff pharmacists and supportive personnel. Delegates appropriate/reasonable tasks and evaluates performance. Represents Pharmacy Department at P&T Committee and Service Line Meetings
  9. Performs computer order entry in an accurate, thorough and timely manner. Reviews/updates medication profiles (therapies, allergies, height, weight, etc) and is cognizant of patient charges. Reviews medication orders for therapeutic appropriateness, duplications, interactions, overall effectiveness and safety. Seeks clarification if necessary and documents interventions (i.e. ADRs).
  10. Actively enhances personal growth and development by participating in educational programs, literature searches, in-services and meetings. Actively participates in new employee orientation and training and evaluations.
  11. Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions: Directly interacting with or caring for patients; Directly interacting with or caring for human-subjects research participants; Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting patient records (including patient financial records); or Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting human-subjects research records
  12. Maintains patient confidentiality in accordance with University Medical Center policy.  Consistently maintains control of feelings, emotions, or body language.  Demonstrates through vernal and non-verbal communications openness to change or new ideas. Willingly learns and adapts to changes in work environment and new work methods as introduced. Demonstrates flexibility to fluctuating workload
  13. Exhibits a positive attitude in support of the hospital and management, including decisions made by administration and/or management.  Treats hospital resources and property with respect and in a manner that reflects awareness of financial responsibility. Adheres to policies and procedures related to safety, infection control, and corporate compliance. Including personal demeanor, appearance, and hygiene that are appropriate for the work environment.  Responds to all reasonable requests in an appropriate and timely manner and communicates in a concise and positive manner.
  14. Tolerates diversity within the work environment and consistently deals with all customers in a respectful manner. Supports teamwork and cooperation with co-workers in daily activities. Readily volunteers assistance to help co-workers complete tasks.

Other duties: Performs other duties as assigned.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  1. Mentors clinical staff pharmacists and supportive personnel. Delegates appropriate/reasonable tasks and evaluates performance. Represents Pharmacy Department at P&T Committee and Service Line Meetings.
  2. Performs computer order entry in an accurate, thorough and timely manner. Reviews/updates medication profiles (therapies, allergies, height, weight, etc.) and is cognizant of patient charges. Reviews medication orders for therapeutic appropriateness, duplications, interactions, overall effectiveness and safety. Seeks clarification if necessary and documents interventions (i.e. ADRs).
  3. Actively enhances personal growth and development by participating in educational programs, literature searches, in-services and meetings. Actively participates in new employee orientation and training and evaluations.

 

Compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate enforced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is a requirement for this position. Federal law requires individuals holding this position to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption for certain medical, disability, or religious reasons. Individuals who do not meet CMS vaccination requirements are not eligible and should not apply for this position but are encouraged to apply for other non-healthcare positions at UT Southwestern for which they qualify.

For COVID-19 vaccine information, applicants should visit https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/covid-19/about-virus-and-testing/cms-vaccine-requirements.html For general COVID-19 information, applicants should visit https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/covid-19/work-on-campus/

This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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