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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics Rheumatology & Digestive Disease

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The University of Iowa Health Care, Department of Pharmaceutical Care, is seeking a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join our team.  This pharmacist position provides pharmaceutical care services to patients seen in specialty clinic areas within Pediatric Specialist Clinics including pediatric rheumatology and digestive disease (inflammatory bowel disease).  The pharmacist provides clinical support, education, coordination of dispensing, and monitoring for patients receiving specialty medications through UIHC Specialty Pharmacy Services. The pharmacist also serves as a role-model/practitioner-educator for Doctor of Pharmacy students and pharmacy residents, and carries out clinical practice responsibilities for the Department of Pharmaceutical Care.
 
Duties to Include:
 
 
Patient Care - Participate in the provision of pharmaceutical care in select clinics
  1. Be present in clinics when patients are scheduled to see the clinical pharmacist and when clinical pharmacy services are required
  2. Complete a comprehensive patient assessment including medication history, pertinent physical assessment, and assessment of relevant laboratory values, patient interview, and an evaluation of past medical history for appropriate patients
  3. Work with providers, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers as a member of the multi-disciplinary team
  4. Provide in-depth patient medication assessment and education
  5. Provide follow-up of therapeutic recommendations through telephone calls and return clinic appointments as appropriate
  6. Identify, evaluate, and prevent adverse drug events through appropriate interventions
  7. Communicate therapeutic recommendations to the health care provider verbally
  8. Document relevant clinical information in electronic medical record
  9. Coordinate medication-planning activities including facilitation of prescription writing, patient education, coordination with family members or home health care providers, etc.
  10. Collaboratively address financial issues to ensure receipt of needed medications
  11. Provide drug information and education to health care professionals
  12. Serve as liaison for ambulatory pharmacy staff regarding patient medication therapy
  13. Evaluate patient-specific medication regimens to ensure the appropriateness of the following:
    • Indication
    • Correct dose
    • Route of administration
    • Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-lab, or drug-disease state interactions
    • Efficacy of therapy
    • Adherence to therapy
    • Dose adjustments for organ dysfunction
    • Adverse drug reactions
    • Potential drug misuse or abuse
    • Use of the most cost-effective therapy
    • Availability of medications on the UIHC Formulary (if applicable)
  14. Provide staffing support in Specialty Pharmacy Services when needed
  15. Complete patient follow-up calls to address side-effects/adherence
Residency Training and Student Teaching Programs
  1. Develop goals and objectives for pharmacy residency programs and Doctor of Pharmacy advanced pharmacy practice and introductory pharmacy practice experiences
  2. Prepare and administer pharmacy student and / or resident rotation evaluations
  3. Participate in the formal experiential training and didactic teaching required to conduct the pharmacy residency programs and Doctor of Pharmacy advanced pharmacy practice and introductory pharmacy practice experiences
  4. Participate in recruiting activities for pharmacy residency programs
Provide daily communication and follow-up to other clinical pharmacists, pharmacy areas, and other health care professionals as needed
  1. Provide inservice education to pharmacists as needed
  2. Provide inservice to members of the health care team as needed
  3. Assist providers, nurses, and patients with medication questions, medication access and continuity of care issues
Documentation of patient care activities:
  1. Medication errors into standard reporting system
  2. Adverse drug reactions into standard reporting system
  3. Patient allergies and height/weight information as needed
  4. Medication counseling provided to patients
  5. Interventions with prescribers and other health care providers
  6. Follow-up telephone encounters
  7. Patient assessment and therapeutic plan recommendations
  8. Others as required
Develop and provide new department clinical service initiatives, which may require any or all of the following:
  1. Provide 24-hour, 7-days a week on-call coverage on a rotation schedule for Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services
  2. Develop or contribute to the development of protocols related to appropriate prescribing, dispensing and monitoring of specialty medications
  3. Provide a leadership role in department or interdisciplinary hospital committees involved with drug therapy issues
  4. Develop or contribute to the development of drug information resources such as pocket cards and practice guidelines that are distributed hospital wide to foster cost effective, rational prescribing
  5. Design, implement, and coordinate development of the clinical components of the pharmacy or hospital wide information systems
Administration
  1. Coordinate therapeutic decision-making when there is a paucity of literature or experience for reference
  2. Serve as the primary reference source on new drug therapy advances in the specialized area of practice
  3. Identify and resolve significant/highly unusual patient drug therapy problems
  4. Develop and coordinate completion of clinically oriented departmental goals
  5. Develop policies, procedures, and clinical reference documents relevant to the clinical applications of new therapies
  6. Manage and analyze events related to medication errors – including participation in formal multi-disciplinary sentinel event review teams
  7. Interview and evaluate prospective professional pharmacy practitioners
  8. Adhere to all department policies and procedures
  9. Contribute to the department budgetary process by reviewing, designing, implementing, and monitoring budget initiatives that address hospital wide or unit specific issues
  10. Participate with the implementation and monitoring of new programs developed either by the Department or through another means (e.g., P&T Committee)
Quality Improvement
  1. Provide a leadership role in university committees involved with drug therapy
  2. Develop and conduct measurement activities that demonstrate Specialty Pharmacy Service value, including adherence and outcome measures
  3. Perform quality assurance monitoring of services provided by the UIHC Specialty Pharmacy Services
  4. Develop educational programs to certify the clinical competence of pharmacists and improve the technician understanding of medical conditions being treated
Other
  1. Conduct research in area of expertise and present/publish results at professional meetings or in professional journals
  2. Consistently demonstrate the ICARE Values and Service Excellence culture of UIHC
Percent of Time:  100%
 
Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
  • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here
 
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®
Education Requirements:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree is required.
  • Eligibility for or current license by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners is required.
  • Board certification in an applicable area within 12 months of hire is required.
Experience Requirements:
 
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency OR 2 years’ experience in a complex multi-disciplinary healthcare environment is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Job-related experience with and/or commitment to service excellence is required.
  • Job-related experience with and/or commitment to diversity in the work environment is required.
Desired Qualifications:
 
  • Satisfactory completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care or Pediatrics is highly desirable.
  • Active board certification in Ambulatory Care, Pediatrics or Pharmacotherapy is highly desirable.
  • Able to work independently, prioritize multiple stakeholders and tasks, manage details and deliver results in an environment with competing demands.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others.
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Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
 
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM of the posting end date.
 
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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