Job opening: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Salary: $129 355 - 168 159 per year
Published at: Jan 23 2024
Employment Type: Part-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist supervises all pharmacotherapy provided by team providers to ensure that National Treatment Guidelines are being followed in addition to adherence to National Formulary and local policy. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will independently manage unstable pharmacotherapy patients in his/her pharmacotherapy clinics, improving the clinic system efficiency and quality.
The CPS will be required to be or get licensed in a state that allows DEA registration and is required to obtain the state licensure as well as DEA registration in order to prescribe controlled substances. These Drug Enforcement Administration-registered providers will support expansion of low-barrier access to SUD pharmacotherapies, such as medications for opioid use disorder, primarily buprenorphine, and medications for alcohol use disorder.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Utilizes the highest level of clinical privileges for Clinical Pharmacy Specialists to manage assigned patients.
Interfaces with providers, including physicians, PAs, ARNPs in the design of the veteran's treatment regimen to achieve optimization of rational and cost-effective drug therapy.
Serves as an authoritative information source on drugs and their utilization in therapy, with special emphasis on medications used in treatment of the assigned patients.
Evaluates the drug literature by analysis of experimental design and methodology, in order to compare and contract therapeutic regimens and roles for new drugs, with a special emphasis in medications used in referred patients.
From a verbal or written patient presentation of signs, symptoms, laboratory tests and diagnoses, recognizes and lists important medical problems, disease states, symptoms or abnormal laboratory values that may necessitate altering the therapeutic regimen or which may be induced by drug therapy.
Provides consultation on selection of appropriate therapeutic regimens as a follow-up of non therapeutic drug concentrations obtained from ambulatory care and inpatients.
Provides highly specialized education and training support to other professional services in the broad area of advanced pharmacotherapy, with special emphasis on Pharmacotherapy.
Works to develop, upgrade, and disseminate acceptable criteria for use of formulary and nonformulary medications and other high-cost items directed at employing cost effectiveness without compromising the quality of patient care.
Provides physicians and other providers a focal resource for discussion of medical problems requiring a pharmaceutical intervention. - Interviews each patient conducting a medication history and formulating a pharmaceutical care plan.
Identifies all drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient or contributing to a need for hospitalization. This would include drug side effects, allergic reactions, toxicities, improper dosage regimens, non-compliance, etc.
Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 502-00177-F
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected]
, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: (1) Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL IBT).
Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Grade Determinations: GS13
Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Demonstrated KSAs. The KSAs shown below apply to all assignments at this grade level.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
Preferred Experience: Face to Face patient clinic and pharmacist prescribing experience preferred
References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Appendix G15
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items. The Pharmacy can be an exceptionally stressful work environment. Good mental and emotional health is required in order to function at an optimum level. Work areas can be high stress environments, due to volume of workload, which must be accomplished. Patients may sometimes be difficult. The position requires a high level of conduct, appearance, and general courteous manner which facilitates dealing with patients, physicians, and nurses in an effective way.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/
- Address Alexandria VA Medical Center
2495 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
- Name: Grace Jackson
- Phone: 725-780-8676
- Email: [email protected]