The Clinical Specialist Pharmacist/Infectious Disease is assigned to Pharmacy Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center and is responsible for all infectious disease pharmacy care activities at the facility. The incumbent will be responsible for the review and monitoring of antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral medications within the facility, and any adjuvant therapy needs (i.e. use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) for Hepatitis C antiviral agents). The incumbent will also review all infectious disease related pharmaceutical use (and associated adjunct therapy) for patients receiving home IV care, under the direction of the attending physician specialist. Antibiotic stewardship activities will also be required.|
Salary: The applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by the Pharmacists' Professional Standards Board to determine the salary of the selectee. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
- Perform chart review of infectious disease patients prior to their appointment, meet with patient to discuss current treatment regimen and make recommendations that the physician can discuss with the patient during their appointment.
- Participate on the Infectious Disease consult team at the discretion of the Attending ID physician.
- Counsel and educate patients regarding their medication regimens. Discuss adherence, side effect management, and medication administration. Refill and/or renew medications when appropriate.
- Conduct medication use evaluation to assure that pharmacy resources spent on Hepatitis C and HIV/ESA treatment are being used in appropriate patients. This includes evaluation of patient outcomes and implementing and updating treatment guidelines and patient monitoring guidelines as new data become available.
- Participate in teaching of infectious disease group education classes.
- Provide disease state management for patients undergoing HIV treatment; Hepatitis C treatment; and other diseases at the discretion of the managing physician. Examples include Protease Inhibitor Induced hyperlipidemia, but may also include diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and anticoagulation).
- Prescribe (except for controlled substances), monitor, and otherwise manage drug therapy for infectious disease patients, and patients requiring erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESAs) therapy according to VA National Guidelines and clinic protocol.
- Order laboratory tests or other diagnostic tests as appropriate for monitoring drug therapy for infectious disease/ESA patients.
- Document findings and activities in the medical record.
- Maintain Hepatitis C Treatment and HIV Databases.
- Adherence monitoring, including phone follow-up for patients who are known to be non-adherent.
- Monitor lab work and subsequently adjust Erythropoietin doses per protocol for infectious disease and dialysis patients.
- Participate in Clinical Research.
- Assist with verification of infectious disease clinic related prescription orders.
- Assists in other pharmacy functions as assigned by Chief of Pharmacy or designee.
- Participates in quality assurance and medication use evaluation programs especially as they pertain to Infectious Disease.
- Serves as a representative of Pharmacy on assigned committees and subcommittees. Promotes cost effectiveness of formulary.
- Makes formal presentations to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff on topics in Infectious Disease pharmacotherapeutics.
- Supervise and train pharmacy students/residents and medical residents/fellows/students.
Work schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, but may include weekends and holidays at the discretion of the supervisor/Service Chief based on clinical needs.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
Supervisory Position: No
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: N/A
Recruitment Expenses: N/A
- 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/ . (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)
- 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).
- 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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
- Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
English Language Proficiency:
- Required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing and reaching in the course of his/her employment, which may involve lifting heavy items (30-45 pounds).
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
One (1) full year of experience in equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service and eligibility to work under an advanced scope of practice in the specialty area of Infectious Disease and Hepatology. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice. To be eligible for a scope of practice you must be able to demonstrate the following expertise:
Completion of a Pharmacy Practice or Specialty Residency with substantial component (>50%) of direct patient care activities in Pharmacotherapy ;
Completion of a minimum of 3 years of pharmacy practice experience with a substantial component (>50%) of direct patient care activities in Pharmacotherapy ;
Receipt of recognized board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) or Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CGP)
Your application package should reflect the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for the areas of Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Hepatology.
3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Hepatology.
4. Expert knowledge of HIV, Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship activities, Hepatitis C and associated adjunct conditions such as diabetes, lipid management, vaccinations, and hypertension.
5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Please include any other documentation of education/awards/training, etc. which would enhance your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide a complete application package may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
- CV or Resume
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf )
- Occupational Questionnaire
- Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf ) (all applicants except current Richmond VAMC employees)
- Unofficial college transcript (an official college transcript will be required for employment.)
- Copies of all applicable licensures and certifications required for the position.
- If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ).
- If currently employed in the Federal government, include latest SF-50 (all except current VAMC Richmond employees)- Notification of Personnel Action. (required).