This position will join the growing Intermountain Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship team that includes a pediatric ID Clinical Pharmacist and a dedicated ID physician. We are also actively recruiting a 2nd dedicated ID physician. This team works in collaboration with the Intermountain Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) and the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah. The Clinical Pharmacist will be a member of a team-based approach to antimicrobial stewardship and will contribute to comprehensive pharmaceutical care and support for neonates and children at 24 Intermountain hospitals including Primary Children’s Hospital, a stand-alone tertiary children’s hospital. The ASP team is expanding pediatric telehealth programs with important outreach activities for contracted or affiliated healthcare systems. Shared pharmacist responsibilities within Intermountain hospitals will include reviewing VigiLanz alerts, providing answers to drug information questions, developing protocols, managing antimicrobial stewardship projects and initiatives, contributing to system-wide antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, rounding with the Pediatric Infectious Diseases consult service and establishing the Pediatric ASP Telehealth Service. Shared pharmacist responsibilities at outreach telehealth sites may include establishing new antimicrobial stewardship programs (which will include travel to outreach sites), providing answers to drug information questions, managing antimicrobial stewardship projects and initiatives, and supporting the Pediatric ID/ASP Telehealth Service. The Clinical Pharmacist will serve as a member of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Committees, the Intermountain Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and System ID Pharmacist Team. Additional responsibilities include participation in departmental and interdisciplinary committees to improve patient safety, therapeutic outcomes, and cost savings. The Clinical Pharmacist is expected to serve as a medication therapy expert and to advise physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and patients about pharmacotherapy. Opportunities for collaborative clinical research are available and encouraged. The Clinical Pharmacist will provide a clinical rotation to precept pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents, including an PGY-2 ID Pharmacy Resident.
Be a highly engaged employee to the mission and values of Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Children’s Health and Pharmacy Services.
Review antimicrobial-related alerts for children using VigiLanz. Contact pharmacists and physicians to make stewardship interventions. Support front-line pharmacists in responding to VigiLanz alerts. Approve restricted antimicrobials.
Provide pharmacy expertise to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Team and to the providers caring for children throughout Intermountain Healthcare.
Support Intermountain’s telemedicine expansion efforts for pediatric infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at outreach hospitals.
Provide accurate drug information to other health professionals and patients/parents to assure safe and appropriate use of medications.
Serve on committees as a resource on drugs and/or pharmacy policies as required, especially those related to children
Participate in the multidisciplinary team to provide feasible therapeutic recommendations and alternatives that improve patient drug therapy. This may include drug, dosage form, dose, route, dosage interval and duration. Monitors physician orders to ensure safe, correct, and appropriate use of medications. Monitor, documents and evaluates patient response, drug effects, and adverse medication events.
Actively participate in department cost savings initiatives. Participate in organization surveys (Joint Commission or other applicable regulatory agencies) or audit inspections.
Participate and support the training programs and mentorship of students and residents.
Is knowledgeable and compliant with State and Federal laws, regulations, pharmacy policies, procedures and standard operating procedures, formulary and pertinent Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Provide professional, engaging customer service to all patients, and healthcare providers with whom they work.
Current license/eligibility to obtain license as a Pharmacist in Utah.
Controlled substance license.
Current knowledge of state and federal regulations and statutes regarding the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of approved drugs, controlled substances, and investigational agents.
Either pediatric OR infectious diseases training/experience
Both pediatric AND infectious diseases training/experience
Three or more years of experience in providing mentorship, training, or in a preceptor assignment evidenced by meeting the ASHP preceptor requirements.
Prefer one meets one of the following three requirements:
Five or more years of experience working as a pharmacist in a patient focused clinical practice setting
Doctor of Pharmacy degree plus one or more years of post-graduate training in an accredited pharmacy residency program
Doctor of Pharmacy degree plus two or more years of post-graduate training in an accredited pharmacy residency program. (Intermountain verifies both degree attainment and educational institution accreditation following an offer of employment.)
Maintains board certification by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties
About Intermountain Healthcare, Primary Children's Hospital
Intermountain Healthcare is a charitable, nonprofit, community-owned healthcare organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah that serves the health needs of Utah and Idaho residents. The Intermountain system includes 23 hospitals as well as clinics, home health agencies, women’s centers, drug dependency units, affiliated physicians and health insurance plans. For more information please visit our website.