Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Neonatology & Women's Health
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Specialty Practice Areas:
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Neonatology & Women's Health is located within the Inpatient Pharmacy Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and will provide pharmaceutical care for 31 neonates in HUP's Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Operational pharmacy services for the NICU are provided by a dedicated NICU satellite adjacent to the unit. Additionally, the hospital is located next to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and this Clinical Specialist will round with CHOP physicians providing care within the HUP NICU. This is a dayshift position with an every 6th weekend requirements and excellent benefits.
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is required to provide pharmacy services to the neonatal, labor and delivery and women's health population within the hospital. The pharmacist should be an effective communicator and be able to integrate themselves within the healthcare team and current structure of the pharmacy department. They must possess the skills to cover all aspects of pharmacy operations, have the ability to supervise and direct technician staff, make sound clinical and operational decisions and work independently. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are considered leaders in their respective field and should provide pharmaceutical expertise by rounding on patients, consulting with care teams and providing education to both patients and providers. Additionally, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists both participate in and lead quality improvement efforts, including drug use evaluations as well as clinical research projects in their specialty areas.
Tasks may include, but are not limited to: designing, recommending, monitoring, evaluating and documenting patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy; preparing and dispensing medications, providing concise, applicable, and timely responses to requests for drug information to ensure optimal drug use and medication-use education; manage medication safety issues; optimize patient outcomes while ensuring cost effectiveness; monitor medical and nursing compliance and ensure adherence to the hospital's medication use policies and procedures and relevant regulatory agencies. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are foundational for providing layered learning for the Pharmacy Department, creating and participating in educational programs and rotations for pharmacy and technician staff, interns, students and residents. As leaders in their field, specialist are expected to contribute to the advancement of pharmacy practice by participation in professional organizations, publication and presentation of their original research and translation of these practices into their patient care activities. Specialists are expected to be leaders in their respective areas to assure the highest quality and most up to date pharmaceutical care is provided to patients.
Provides optimal pharmacy service to patients and other health care professionals by designing, recommending, monitoring, evaluating and documenting patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy
Participates in the education of all healthcare providers regarding safe and effective medication use. Precepts pharmacy students, residents and pharmacy staff as assigned. Provides pharmaceutical education to patients and caregivers
Verifies, prepares and dispenses medications using appropriate techniques to ensure positive outcomes of drug therapies and compliance with regulatory requirements and the organization’s policies and procedures. Ensures adherence to medication-use policies and guidelines
Provides concise, applicable and timely responses to drug information requests from health care providers and patients
Participates in the management of medical emergencies
Contributes to, participates in, and leads multidisciplinary quality improvement initiatives and clinical research within the pharmacy and/or other institutional departments to improve patient care
Supervises and directs the activities and growth of other pharmacists, residents, technicians, interns, and students
Works to advance the practice of pharmacy through contributions to the medical and pharmaceutical literature as well as through participation in professional organizations
Education or Equivalent Experience:
Bachelor of Science Degree or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
Successful completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Successful completion of a PGY2 Specialty Residency in Pediatrics or a related specialty
Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Certification in area of practice (must be obtained within 1 year of hire)
Thank you for your interest in pharmacy opportunities at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). HUP is the largest institution within the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine) and is world-renowned for its clinical and research excellence. We offer a comprehensive pharmacy program with a broad scope of services for all patients, including inpatient, ambulatory, emergency department, and outpatient retail and specialty. The Department of Pharmacy has over 50 years of excellence in residency training, due in large part to the staff and preceptors who dedicate their time to prepare residents to become practitioners capable of excelling in patient care, leadership, teaching, and research.
Our entire department is working together to advance practice and research. Our hospital is growing with the building of the Pavilion, an innovative 17-story and 1.5 million-square foot hospital facility with 500 beds and 47 operating rooms, which will open in 2021. All of our leadership team and residency program directors feel truly fortunate to be part of a tremendous team of individuals that make up the Department of Pharmacy Services. This team fosters a wonde...rful environment enriched with opportunities for pharmacy residency training.
On behalf of the staff of the HUP Department of Pharmacy, we thank you for your interest in our program.