The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist promotes the safe and appropriate use, proper storage, and distribution of medications as required for patient care in accordance with professional standards and practices. Develops, implements, and monitors clinical protocols. Provides consultative and research services in a specialty area to patients and the medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff. Serves as the expert clinical resource for pharmacy in specialty area. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.
- Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy
- Completion of an ASHP PGY1 accredited residency program (or equivalent experience defined as the candidate being a subject matter expert as demonstrated by 5 or more years of practice experience in the area in which they are applying and/or a nationally recognized certification in the desired specialty).
- Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state where work is performed.
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
- ASHP PGY2 specialty residency or equivalent experience
- BPS Certification
- Demonstrates advanced pharmacy knowledge related to area of practice.
- Understands and interprets complex written materials and technical reports.
- Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities and work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Ability to work with information systems, automated and technical pharmacy equipment.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to consistently exercise sound judgment and initiative in a wide range of circumstances.
- An effective planner with strong skills in scheduling and organizing work flows.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Serves as a subject matter expert in pharmacotherapy or the desired specialty.
- Provides consultative services and clinical expertise to evaluate and improve medication usage and therapeutic outcomes.
- Promotes professional practice and accountability for optimal outcomes and continued improvement within the pharmacy scope of practice.
- Advises physicians, healthcare staff, and patients in the safe administration of medication.
- Supports and participates in pharmacy quality initiatives, drug research, teaching of residents, and medication use evaluation, and the implementation of evidence based best practices.
- Follows established, participates in the development of, and ensures compliance with policies and procedures for medication safety, regulatory requirements, quality standards, and compliance activities.
- Processes orders and prescriptions to provide medications and pharmaceutical supplies ordered by physicians and authorized medical practitioners.
- The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
- Must have good balance and coordination.
- The physical requirements of this position are: medium work - exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently.
- The Associate is required to have close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision to perform an activity, such as assessing patients, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
- Frequent invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
- Exposure to patient body fluids as well as exposure to hazardous or poisonous materials.
- Ability to react quickly to emergency situations including on-call availability.