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Sr. Pharmacy Clinical Specialist - Emergency Medicine

Houston Methodist
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Feb 26, 2023

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Specialty Area
Emergency Medicine
Work Setting
Health System


At Houston Methodist, the Senior Pharmacy Clinical Specialist is responsible for performing expert clinical pharmacist duties enabling the delivery of optimal pharmacotherapy to patients and facilitating safe, efficacious, and pharmacoeconomically rational use of medications in the population(s) served. This involves daily medication therapy regimen reviews of patients within designated area(s) of responsibility or targeted populations served. This position provides education to fellow pharmacists, nursing and medical staffs, and others inside and outside the department while conducting CQI evaluations, and basic research promoting the safe, effective use of medications. Additional duties include precepting pharmacy students and pharmacy residents on clinical patient care rotations within areas of responsibility and contributing to fulfilling the organization’s mission to provide innovative, personalized, cost-effective pharmaceutical care in a culture dedicated to quality and safety.


Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.


  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
    • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
    • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
    • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
    • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
  • Focuses on patient/customer safety
  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 15%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. (EF)
  2. Serves as a mentor for Clinical Specialists and pharmacy residents on research projects. Precepts ASHP-accredited residency program residents, and students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy. (EF)
  3. Develops educational materials and provides educational programs for the pharmacy staff and other hospital personnel.


  1. Processes all orders/requests accurately and efficiently, verifying appropriateness of all drugs in reference to the patient’s diagnosis, allergies, height and weight. Exercises good judgment in patient care decisions per performance standard and documents patient care activities and patient outcomes as impacted by pharmaceutical care and clinical interventions. (EF)
  2. Provides patient-specific and non-patient specific drug information support regularly. (EF)
  3. Serves as a pharmacy lead on policy and procedure reviews and responds timely to audit reports within areas of responsibility.
  4. Serves as a member on one or more Medical Staff Committees and actively contributes to accomplishing the goals of the committee or subcommittee. (EF)


  1. Participates in developing medication therapy/disease state management protocols and/or dosing guidelines within specialty area. (EF)
  2. Provides pharmaceutical care in designated practice area(s) to patients from an advanced to expert level. Activities include, but are not limited to, proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, patient counseling, transitions of care including medication acquisition process support, and management of pharmacist based dosing protocols.
  3. Leads internal HM quality management and research program(s). Develops, implements, evaluates, and drafts reports of quality assurance program outcomes and conducts pharmacy research in concert with the departmental goals and objectives. (EF)
  4. Serves as an on-call resource in assigned roles as determined by manager (e.g. ID Stewardship, Investigational drugs, or general clinical).


  1. Contributes to the evaluation of medications for the HM Formulary, and provision of pharmacoeconomically sound medication in area(s) of responsibility and avoiding medication-related complications. Participates in HM committees and initiatives involving medication use for the optimization of pharmacoeconomic benefits. (EF)
  2. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize tasks for self and for specialty area of focus. (EF)


  1. Contributes regularly to intra-departmental, interdepartmental publications. Supports the Department’s ACPE delivery mission by providing ACPE programs and when needed, mentoring residents’ preparation of ACPE programs. (EF)
  2. Participates in research projects to advance the pharmacy department’s goals and the pharmacy profession. Submits research and scholarly work for publication, platform presentations, and/or poster presentations. Gives presentations at local, state and national meetings; including in-services presentations to pharmacy, medical, nursing, and nutrition staff in area(s) of responsibility. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Sr. Clinical Specialist. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section


o Must have one of the following:

o Successful completion of ASHP-accredited post graduate year 1 (PGY-1) and year 2 (PGY-2) residency training programs or equivalent professional experience (i.e., three additional years of pharmacy experience per residency year; completion of a pharmacy fellowship program with a focus in an applicable field may be considered equivalent to a PGY2 residency)

o Six years of clinical practice experience

o Three years of experience as a HM Clinical Specialist

o Meets HM standards of an ASHP-Qualified Residency Preceptor


o Texas Pharmacist License or eligible for Texas Pharmacist License; must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment

o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 90 days of employment

o American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification within 90 days of employment

o American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) within 90 days of employment for pharmacists regularly assigned to respond to code blue events (See manager for details and tracking certification information)

o Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification and training within 90 days of employment as determined by entity need (See manager for details and tracking certification information)

o Texas Pharmacist Preceptor Certification within 90 days of employment

o Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) and horizontal and/or vertical use Certification within 90 days of employment (*If verifying and/or preparing any sterile product- See manager for details and tracking certification information)

o Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute Certificate within 90 days of employment (See manager for details and tracking information)

o Board of Pharmacy Specialist (BPS) Certification preferred


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; capable of assuming responsibility for coordinating the activities of a major pharmacy service area

o Demonstrates professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization, and distribution of drugs and drug information and applies these to all patient groups, neonate to geriatric

o Operates at an expert level with regards to one’s application of the principles of rational drug therapy including but not limited to: application of current evidence-based guidelines, novel and innovative clinical practices

o Knowledge of operational pharmacy practice and demonstrated record of experience providing fundamental clinical pharmacy services and demonstrates experience with direct patient care activities and interactions with nursing and medical staff members

o Research competence in an area related to the practice of pharmacy


Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No

On-Call* Yes, on a limited basis (for Exempt jobs only)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel within Yes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside Yes

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: Rotating evening and weekends may be required. All pharmacy staff are required to be trained on the risks and safe handling of hazardous drugs; and confirm in writing an understanding of the potential reproductive risks associated with handling hazardous drugs.

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