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Clinical Pharmacist Specialist- Critical Care

Cambridge Health Alliance
North Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Feb 19, 2024

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Work Setting
College / University, Health System
Location: 1035 Cambridge Street

Work Days: 8 AM to 4:30 PM M-F Rotating on call.

Category: Pharmacy

Department: Clinical and Academic Pharmacy

Job Type: Full time

Work Shift: Day

Hours/Week: 40.00

Union: No

Union Name: Non Union

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a nationally recognized health care system comprised of the CHA Cambridge Hospital, CHA Somerville Hospital, CHA Everett Hospital, the Cambridge Public Health Department, and more than 20 primary care / ambulatory care sites. The CHA Pharmacy Enterprise includes three inpatient pharmacies, robust inpatient and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services, four retail / specialty pharmacies, a PACE pharmacy, and a PGY-1 pharmacy residency program. Forty-five clinical pharmacists from all areas of operation are members of the CHA Medical Staff. We are also an ACPE-accredited provider of continuing pharmacy education.

The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Critical Care is responsible for providing pharmaceutical care for two 8 bed mixed medical/surgical ICUs on our Cambridge and Everett Hospital campuses. Primary, essential job functions include daily rounding with a multidisciplinary critical care team, ensuring rational drug therapy, serving as a clinical role model for staff, precepting PGY1 pharmacy residents and APPE students, providing education and training to healthcare professionals, contributing to the P&T Committee, and membership on ICU and Resuscitation Committees. As a credentialed member of the CHA medical staff, the clinical pharmacist specialist works under a collaborative practice agreement with a supervising physician to execute defined drug therapy protocols.). A commitment to patient safety, customer satisfaction, efficient/effective use of resources, teamwork, innovation, and performance improvement is required.


• Regularly provides clinical pharmacotherapy services via ICU team rounding

• Monitors drug therapy using implicit and explicit criteria to ensure safety and effectiveness.

• Performs formal and informal medication use consults with appropriate documentation.

• Provides direct, effective, and individualized education and counseling to patients and/or family members/caregivers.

• Demonstrates and documents value to healthcare teams through pharmaceutical care contributions/interventions.

• Promotes medication safety among colleagues and on behalf of patients in specialty areas.

• Assesses need, develops and/or refines clinical pharmacy programs. Assesses clinical and financial impact of efforts on an ongoing basis.

• Evaluates medication use; effects measurable improvements in medication use process.

• Assists in maintenance of Drug Formulary. Reviews new requests, non-formulary requests, and evolving literature on behalf of the P&T Committee.

• Develops drug use policies (e.g., restrictions, guidelines, and protocols) for consideration by the P&T Committee.

• Participates in staff development efforts in clinical area(s); assesses competence as required.

• Serves as a preceptor for PGY1 pharmacy residents and APPE students

• Provides in-service education, drug information, and other educational services upon request.


Graduate of an accredited college/university with B.S. in Pharmacy or Pharm.D. degree is required.

Board Certification is required (or agreement to obtain certification within 2 years of employment)

Completion of an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency is desirable.

Licensure: Must have a current license in good standing from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy or be eligible for licensure in MA. In lieu of an active MA license, candidates must attain MA licensure prior to working 1000 hours at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).

Work Experience:

Completion of ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency and PGY2 in critical care OR

Completion of a PGY1 residency, with at least two (2) years of recent experience as a clinical pharmacist in critical care OR in the absence of residency training,

Minimum of five (5) years experience as a pharmacist, with at least three (3) years of recent experience as a clinical pharmacist in critical care..

In keeping with federal, state and local laws, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) policy forbids employees and associates to discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace free of discrimination. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, termination, promotion, salary treatment or any other condition of employment or career development. Furthermore, we will not tolerate the use of discriminatory slurs, or other remarks, jokes or conduct, that in the judgment of CHA, encourage or permit an offensive or hostile work environment.

Cambridge Health Alliance brings Care to the People - including your neighbors, friends and family. Our local hospitals and care centers serve our vibrant, diverse communities, and play an integral role in improving health. As passionate advocates for the underserved, we actively partner with our communities to take on challenging public health issues, and conduct important research to help reduce barriers to care. We believe that everyone deserves access to high quality, convenient health care. This is why our employees believe in where they work and why many build long, rewarding careers at CHA.

Healthcare is changing rapidly. CHA has a strategic plan that charts a proactive course for our future. It is built on a vision of equity and excellence for everyone, every time. It also recognizes that our workforce is our most valuable asset and prioritizes competitive salaries, benefits and professional development opportunities for employees. The strategic plan is changing the way we provide care and improving the health and experience of our patients; we are looking for smart, committed, compassionate people who want to be part of making our vision of better health and equity a reality.

At CHA, you can believe in where you work and go home every day knowing you made a difference. Join our team and help us bring Care to the People.

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