The University of Rochester Medical Center – Strong Memorial Hospital is located in Rochester, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. Strong Memorial Hospital is an 886-bed quaternary referral center which includes the region’s Level 1 trauma center, transplant center, comprehensive stroke center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and many other specialty and subspecialty services. It is the main teaching site for the University of Rochester medical and nursing students and is an important training site for pharmacy students from several schools of pharmacy including St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, the University at Buffalo, and D’Youville College. The hospital is seeking an infectious disease pharmacy specialist to serve patients across the continuum of care. The scope of responsibilities include antimicrobial stewardship, clinical service, teaching, research, and clinical leadership.
Using clinical judgment and available resources, approves the ordering of medications for patients treated at the medical center. Oversees and directly contributes to compounding, preparation and dispensing of medications for patients of SMH in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations for Pharmacy practice. Supervises pharmacy technicians.
Medication Authorization and Distribution:
Understands and follows departmental and hospital policy and procedures related to dispensing of medications
Dispenses medications accurately and in a timely manner
Independently resolves problem medication orders appropriately and in a timely manner
Processes/validates medication orders utilizing current information system technology to create and maintain accurate patient profiles
Directs and supervises the work of technicians to ensure appropriate workflow as required
Verbal communication to all hospital staff is conducted in an effective and professional manner
Checks all products requiring a pharmacist approval prior to dispensing
Participates in departmental Q/A processes such as reporting and following up on medication incidents, reconciling MARs, reporting medication adverse events and errors, etc…
Develops or participates in a clinical practice by interacting with physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, and patients as a member of an interdisciplinary team on patient care units to guide and recommend appropriate medication use.
Participates in focused clinical initiatives as defined by the department (e.g. pharmacokinetic consultation, antimicrobial stewardship, etc).
Participates in Medication Use Evaluations when appropriate.
Monitors assigned patient populations for clinical progress including renal/hepatic function, culture results, and other applicable laboratory tests. Recommends adjustments to therapy as necessary.
Documents clinical activities and interventions on a regular basis.
Participates in education of other Pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals.
Identifies need for patient teaching and performs such tasks when necessary.
Thoroughly resolves problems with appropriate and direct communication to all pertinent staff in a clear and concise manner.
Proactive in identifying patient care problems and does not pass on problems to the next shift without exhausting reasonable attempts at resolution and communicating progress.
Problem solving will often go beyond patient-specific issues, and may require participation on interdisciplinary teams or revising hospital or departmental policy, procedures or treatment guidelines.
Performs required duties of “charge pharmacist” when scheduled, including coordination of shift resources, problem solving, staff conflict resolution, and appropriate communication from shift to shift.
Contacts supervisor for assistance when solution is beyond his/her expertise or authority.
The University of Rochester offers a full benefits package including, but not limited to, retirement, health insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, and relocation package. A full detail of benefits is available at: http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/benefits/
Rochester is made for living! It has small city charm, with a big city vibe. There are 35 museums and galleries. Music of all types and description is prevalent – inspired by the world-renowned Eastman School of Music and spurred on by the popular Rochester International Jazz Festival, innumerable clubs, and performance venues. It is ranked as the best minor league sports market in the nation; and sports fans gravitate just as eagerly toward the NFL Buffalo Bills and the Orangemen of Syracuse University—both nearby. That is when they are not golfing, hiking, biking, skiing, boating, or otherwise enjoying the outdoor life so readily available in this region.
Five public high schools in the metropolitan area are ranked among the 100 best high schools in America and Child and Family magazine calls Rochester one of the best places to raise a child in the U.S. Economically, Rochester ranks 5th among 300 metro areas for high-tech employment, and has two times the national average of scientists, engineers, and technical specialists living in its metro area.
Must be licensed or eligible for licensure in New York State and have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) (preferred). PGY1 Pharmacy residency preferred.
About University of Rochester Medical Center
The University of Rochester Medical Center – Strong Memorial Hospital is located in Rochester, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. Strong Memorial Hospital is an 886 bed quaternary referral center which includes the region’s Level 1 trauma center, transplant center, comprehensive stroke center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and many other specialty and subspecialty services. It is the main teaching site for the University of Rochester medical and nursing students and is an important training site for pharmacy students from several schools of pharmacy including St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, the University at Buffalo, and D’Youville College.