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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology

Employer
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Location
75390, Dallas
Salary
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Jun 2, 2023

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Cardiology
Work Setting
Health System

Why UT Southwestern? 

With over 75 years of excellence in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, UT Southwestern is committed to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and compassion. At UT Southwestern, we invest in you with opportunities for career growth and development that align with your future goals and help to provide security for you and your family. Our highly competitive benefits package offers healthcare, PTO and paid holidays, on-site childcare, wage, merit increases and so much more that are all available on the day you start work. UT Southwestern is honored to be a Veteran Friendly work environment that is home to approximately 800 veterans.  We value your integrity, dedication, and the commitment you’ve made to our country.  We’re proud to support your next mission.  Ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 10 National Employers, we invite you to be a part of the UT Southwestern team where you’ll discover teamwork, professionalism, and consistent opportunities for growth.   

Job Summary

This position is part of the pharmacy department and functions as the pharmacy expert on the interdisciplinary general cardiology team. The cardiology specialist serves as a leader for the department in their specialty area of practice through organizing and executing appropriate departmental initiatives, assisting with quality initiatives and practice development in the cardiology service lines, and providing education and teaching for pharmacy colleagues, providers, patients, and trainees at all levels of practice. Day-to-day activities include rounding on the inpatient cardiology service; evaluating, monitoring, and modifying drug therapy to optimize patient outcomes and safety; and precepting pharmacy residents and/or students.

Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions...

  • participation in multi-disciplinary rounding, clinic discussion, IRB, and/or service/line meetings
  • manage clinical activities, priorities, and problems, pharmacist staffing and workloads
  • provides status report to pharmacy management effectively communicating issues, concerns, and suggestions as appropriate d) Assists with budget preparation and daily financial activity specifically in relation to high cost drugs
  • assists with budget preparation and daily financial activity specifically in relation to high cost drugs
  • assists the Director and Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy with meeting administrative goals and objectives.

Experience and Education

  • Both PGY1 and PGY2 from an ASHP-accredited residency program.
  • Or PGY1 from an ASHP-accredited residency program with 5 years of progressive clinical practice within specialty; completion of specialty fellowship within specialty;
  • Or 8 years progressive clinical practice experience within specialty. Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy.
  • Eligible for licensure by Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) is required and Texas license with TSBP within 30 days of date of hire. 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification with course accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA) required by start date.
  • Basic computer skills and data entry. English (speaking, reading, writing).
  • Good general health and stress coping ability.
  • Moderate physical effort: prolonged standing/walking, occasional lifting/carrying (up to 25 lbs.), reaching, bending, crouching, etc. OSHA Category III.  

Job Duties

  • Performs job responsibilities in accordance with organizational and departmental policies and procedures, performance improvement objectives and environmental/infection control standards.
  • Develops/implements process to meet/comply with the Joint Commission and regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinates staff training, competencies, certification and continued education specific to specialty.
  • 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. 
  • Required clinical activities include.
    • Yearly development of a cost-saving initiative, quality, and/or operations improvement with manager sponsor, MUE or drug class review with manager sponsor
    • yearly ACPE/non-ACPE presentation (rotating between ACPE/non-ACPE)
    • individual CE in areas of specialty (6 hours) d) P&T or Subcommittee Attendance (50% Attendance requirement)
    • Annual submission of research project on Research Submission Template (Due April 1st every year). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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). 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.  

Working Conditions

Work is performed primarily in William P Clements University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital or UTSW Ambulatory Clinics.

Security

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimum require prior approval of Vice President for Human Resources Administration or his/her designee.

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/work-on-campus/ 

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

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.  As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status.  To learn more, please visit:  https://jobs.utsouthwestern.edu/why-work-here/diversity-inclusion 

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