Under the supervision of the Local Program Director, Family Medicine National Network Residency Program, the Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist fills three principal roles: (1) provider of direct patient care, with an emphasis on Medication Therapy Management; (2) educator on topics of medication safety and best practices for clinical staff, medical students and residents; and (3) collaborator with clinical and quality leadership on issues of ambulatory patient safety, including anti-coagulation, polypharmacy, high-risk medications in the elderly, and chronic pain medications. The Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist supports the implementation of a comprehensive chronic care model (CCM) for Unity patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and COPD, and assists in identifying optimal approaches to team-based patient care, including care management, patient education, and self-management support. The Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist participates in quality improvement, patient safety, and research activities as they pertain to chronic disease management and the optimal use of medications in an outpatient setting.
- Collaborates in providing medication therapy management to patients in conjunction with a multidisciplinary care team, including primary care providers, nurses, case managers, medical assistants and other health center staff.
- Serves as a consultant to providers on clinical pharmacy issues.
- Under the direction of the local program director of the Family Medicine National Network, serves as faculty, and participates in the formal education of medical students and residents.
- Collaborates within the team-based, Patient-Centered Medical Home model to provide chronic disease management services, including patient education and self-management support.
- Designs, organizes, conducts, and evaluates the efficacy of group learning and support sessions for patients with chronic conditions.
- Serves as a consultant to the Chief Medical Officer or designee regarding the establishment or revision of policies, procedures, clinical practice guidelines, and standards of care, where related to the safe and effective use of medications.
- Provides organization-wide leadership on issues of patient safety including anti-coagulation therapy, chronic opioid use, polypharmacy, and high-risk medications in the elderly.
- Participates in monthly Unity Quality Improvement Committee meetings.
- Collaborates with the Patient Safety Committee, Quality Improvement Working Groups, and other committees as needed.
- Identifies the need for quality monitoring and reporting related to the safe prescription of medications.
- Performs other duties as assigned.