Ambulatory Care - Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist
University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care
Location: Hunstville, Texas
Type: Full Time
Health Maintenance Organization
Specialty Practice Areas:
Medication Use Safety
Internal Number: 2106232
The mission of Correctional Managed Care is to address the healthcare needs of underserved patient populations within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).
The Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist (PCPS) will work with providers, nurses, and pharmacy staff to provide appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions that maximize patient outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, formulary status, and pharmaco-economics.
The PCPS will serve as a resource for advanced drug information support for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and other staff. The PCPS with expertise in ambulatory care will provide drug therapy management through the establishment of a pharmacist-operated patient care clinic and/or telehealth clinic. The PCPS will collaborate with other clinical specialists on pharmacy training to promote learning and performance of pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students. The PCPS will serve as a clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.
The PCPS will maintain effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, problem resolution, and close cooperation with other departments to accomplish the organization’s mission and goals. The goal is to foster a patient-focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of care that promotes rationale drug prescribing and monitoring to ensure positive outcomes are achieved with medication use.
Problem solving, team building, communication, and administrative skills are essential. This position requires a high degree of visibility and interaction with medical leadership.
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to population-focused activities:
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee consulting/consultant
Drug use policy development
Development of clinical practice guidelines
Utilization review and monitoring of prescribing trends
Education for pharmacy staff and health care staff
Preceptor for residency and student rotations
Participation in performance improvement programs
Provide pharmacoeconomic consultations
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to patient focused activities:
Drug therapy management via clinic, telemedicine or patient care rounds
Provider consultation and drug regimen reviews
Standard office and pharmaceutical equipment.
Standard office environment. May be located wtihin the confines of a prison, jail or juvenile detention center. Security clearance is required; pre-employment drug testing is also required.
Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from an accredited College of Pharmacy and ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency training. Current license or eligible to practice pharmacy in the state of Texas.
PGY2 in Ambulatory Care, or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) also preferred.
Salary is commensurate with years of relevant work experience.
About University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care
UTMB Correctional Managed Care:
Originally established as a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994, the UTMB CMC provides managed health care for offenders in adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the state including medical, dental, mental health, and pharmacy services. CMC is also among the world’s leader in telemedicine and electronic medical records applications. With 4 million documented patient encounters per year, UTMB CMC is known for its innovative programs and creative solutions in the fields of correctional health care in jails, state prisons, juvenile detention centers and federal prisons.
UTMB - Correctional Managed Care Department of Pharmacy:
Comprehensive pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state. Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check. This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth profile review and to provide other services that support the health care staff in ensuring safe and effective use of medications.
Clinical pharmacy services are ...decentralized. With a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, pharmacists develop solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness. A range of services are offered and include medication therapy management, academic detailing and educational programs, drug information, P&T Committee consulting, non-formulary consulting, formulary management, and clinical guideline development. The Department serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP accredited residency program. The staff includes 9 managers, 29 pharmacists, 8 clinical pharmacists, 1 resident and 87 support staff.