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Clinical Pharmacist - Inpatient Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
$120,584 - $182,598 annually, Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity.
Closing date
Mar 4, 2023

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Critical Care, Hematology / Oncology
Work Setting
College / University

Function/Duties of Position

The purpose of this position is to provide the services of a licensed pharmacist which includes the responsibility for the safe and proper distribution and use of medications in inpatients and outpatients who range in age from neonates, infants less than one year of age, children and adolescents ages 10-18, adults ages 19-65 and the elderly over age 65. 

This position is to function at higher decision making and accountability levels regarding medication therapy, proactively affecting medication use by making recommendations at the time prescribing decisions are being made or, in some cases, making independent decisions about medication therapy in cooperation with other healthcare team members.  Additional services provided include facilitation of medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, and medication delivery through coordination of care from admission to discharge. 

The pharmacist must possess strong communication skills for patient education and work collaboratively with inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams including but not limited to providers, nurses, case workers, pharmacists, and technicians, as well as, the teaching and precepting component of students, interns and/or residents.

This is a flexible model where  the coordination during transitions of care and medication use system for patients are integrated with traditionally centralized functions, such as order entry/verifications and will continue to evolve as part of integrated decentralized patient care practice.   

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Pharmacy or Pharm.D.
    • PLUS Practice Residency/Equivalent Experience or Specialist Certification (BCPS, BCOPS, etc).  
  • Licensure in the State of Oregon - Pharmacist License
  • Inpatient hospital pharmacy practice
    • Ability to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of the following patient care types: Acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long-term care, obstetric, oncology, chemically dependent, HIV, home care, hospice. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to:
    • Enforce pharmaceutical care principles safely and accurately
    • Make age-related modification of drug therapy
    • Make disease-related modification of drug therapy
    • Evaluate medical literature
    • Work independently without minimal direct supervision
    • Handle multiple tasks and frequent interruptions
    • Communicate effectively  both formally and infomrally, including presentations
    • Project manage
    • Work with a team professionally and collaboratively
    • Set priorities to respond quickly to emergent situations/requests
    • Work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff
    • Communicate effectively and professionally (orally and in writing)
    • Perform work accurately with attention to detail
    • Exercise sound professional judgement
    • Perform systematic problem solving
    • Enforce practice guidelines, standards, and medication related policies
    • Make critical decisions
    • Perform key computer related skills including use of the EMR, common word processing, spreadsheet, medical literature and medication databases

Preferred Qualifications

  • PGY-2 Specialty Residency
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • Vaccination certification 
  • Teaching Certificate    
  • Outpatient pharmacy clerical rotation, Transitions of Care, Discharge Medication Education, Surgical or Internal Medicine Services, Pain Management, and Medication Reconciliation
  • Specialist Certifications (BCPS, BCOPS, etc)

Additional Details

Environment, Physical Requirements and Equipment Usage:

  • Ability to handle competing demands from nurses, physicians, pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals, as they attempt to influence clinical decision-making, clinical policies and practices and work flow
  • Must deal with intense situations on a daily basis
  • Ability to deal with frequent interruptions (work is often dictated by external factors) that may lead to mental fatigue or stress
  • Standing, walking, stooping, reaching, talking and hearing
  • Clarity of vision at 20 feet and 20 inches or less; adjustment of eye to bring object into sharp focus
  • Ability to handle 1 – 5 pounds by hand frequently; telephone, pager, copier, fax, scanner, personal computer/terminal, common application software

This position comes with fabulous benefits! Highlights include:

  • Vacation - up to 208 hours per year pending length of service for full-time employees
  • Sick Leave - 64 hours per year for full-time employees
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • OHSU is a non-profit organization, so we qualify for the Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Discounts

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. 

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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