In an environment of continuous quality improvement, the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Infectious Disease is responsible for complying with all applicable hospital policies, procedures, codes and standards. Exhibits the MHS Standards of Excellence and exercises strict confidentiality at all times.
· Current licensure in the State of Ohio as a pharmacist required.
· A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is required.
· Successful completion of a Pharmacy Practice residency or equivalent clinical experience in direct patient care delivery is required.
· Completion of a PGY2 Advanced residency in infectious disease, fellowship, and/or board certification is preferred.
· Verbal and written communication skills are essential, manual dexterity and near visual acuity.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CLINICAL PHARMACIST:
1. Patient Care Activities
Works with the Director of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Clinical Manager to coordinate, expand and deliver pharmacy services with MHS. Monitors patients in a specific unit/specialty service, including collecting patient-specific data, performing relevant physical assessments, interviewing patients, and identifying patient goals of therapy. Assesses patient-specific medical problems, prioritizes medical problems based on urgency and severity and identifies preventative and health maintenance issues. Evaluates patient-specific drug therapy and therapeutic problems by evaluating appropriateness of drug therapy, assessing effectiveness, and identifying potential interactions or adverse effects. Designs a comprehensive drug therapy plan for patient-specific problems and persuasively justifies recommendations based on patient-specific pharmacologic, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, pharmacogenomic, pharmacoeconomic, ethical, legal, and evidence-based information.
2. Clinical activities
Documents clinical interventions in a timely and professional manner. Monitors and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient adherence issues. Collaborates with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. Evaluates medical information and retrieves biomedical literature using appropriate search strategies and interprets biomedical literature with regard to study design, methodology, statistical analysis, significance of reported data, and conclusions. Possesses knowledge of current evidence-based practice and serves as a drug information resource for other healthcare providers and team members.
3. Quality Assurance
Represents Clinical Pharmacy Services on various committees, staff meetings and professional meetings as needed as it relates to the pharmacy area of practice/specialty. Coordinates continuing education activities for medical and nursing staff; includes submissions to the pharmacy newsletters, participating in journal clubs, and providing in-services to professional staff. Assists in establishing and supervising record keeping, auditing and other drug control policies and procedures as required by county, state, and federal laws. Participates and contributes to ongoing performance improvement projects for the pharmaceutical care services provided.
4. Assumes all other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Director of Pharmacy, and the Pharmacy Clinical Manger.
SPECIFIC PHARMACY PRACTICE RESPONSIBILITIES – INFECTIOUS DISEASE
1. Develops, enforces and maintains policies and procedures that promote and enhance patient outcomes through safe, effective, cost-efficient and appropriate medication therapy use for patients receiving antimicrobials.
2. Coordinates programs designed to minimize medication errors, adverse drug reactions and medication misuse with regards to medication preparations in infectious disease through improved reporting, analysis and follow-up.
3. Provides pharmaceutical leadership to the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, including:
a. Development and implementation of a facility-wide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, based on nationally recognized guidelines to monitor and improve the use of antibiotics
b. Ensuring communication and collaboration on antibiotic use issues with medical staff, nursing, pharmacy, microbiology, the infection prevention and control program, and the quality assessment performance improvement program.
c. Overseeing daily prospective audit of antimicrobials
d. Assisting in development and maintenance of an antimicrobial formulary approved by P&T and Medical Staff.
e. Works with the Infectious Disease service to evaluate appropriate use of restricted antimicrobials.
f. Developing guidelines, policies, and other monitoring and intervention strategies for antimicrobial use and streamlining prophylactic, empiric, and definitive antimicrobial therapy.
g. Compiling data and metrics on antimicrobial use.
h. Reporting data and findings to the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and Board Quality.
i. Coordinating, facilitating, and promoting education, training, competency assessment and performance improvement of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, including medical staff, in the appropriate use of antimicrobials.
j. Maintains all documentation, written or electronic, for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program activities.
4. Serves as a pharmacy consultant rounding with Infectious Disease service
5. Assumes all other duties and responsibilities