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. Provides supervision of Pharmacy Technicians when assisting in medication preparation and dispensing activities as defined by NYS Laws and Regulations.
The Level IV pharmacist has direct supervision and management responsibilities specific to a functional area within the department and is intended to be a ‘line manager’ level of responsibility, covering shifts typical of their team while utilizing protected time to advance the goals and responsibilities of team members. Is expected to be capable of performing at the competency level of a Pharmacist Level III.
Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Medication Authorization and Distribution
Understands and follows departmental and hospital policy and procedures related to dispensing of medications. Involved in creating and/or reviewing policies or Standard Operating Procedures for their practice area.
Dispenses medications accurately and in a timely manner.
Independently resolves problem medication orders appropriately and in a timely manner. Identifies issues and potential safety risks, offering recommendations and solutions for improvement.
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. Also seeks opportunities to engage in quality committees or projects such as Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, 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). Also identifies or participates in clinical practice changes focused on improved patient care and safety, utilizing experience and advanced training to provide guidance and input for future practice strategies.
Participates in Medication Use Evaluations, clinical guideline development, or research projects 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.
Supports patient teaching initiatives, identifying opportunities and performing teaching and documentation tasks when needed.
Training and Education
Provides training, mentorship and feedback for evaluating Levels I-III Pharmacists, as well as other trainees as needed
Contributes to Pharmacy PGY1 Residents training as assigned. This training is focused on operational, technical, clinical, and managerial aspects of their practice team.
Contributes to the training of pharmacy students for IPPE and APPE rotations, including management/leadership development
Management Responsibilities – Operational Strategy and Problem Resolution
Participates regularly and routinely in interdepartmental meetings, projects and policy making. This is necessary to successfully conduct the business of the functional unit under their supervision and management. Their Supervisor should be aware of all ongoing interdepartmental planning and activities, but may not be directly involved.
Delegates tasks to those under their supervision. Establishes a plan and expectations for delegated duties and follow-up to make sure they are being completed according to the plan.
Tracks and reports workload statistics and other vital operational data to their Associate Director on an established schedule. The statistics/data to be tracked and the frequency of reporting will be agreed upon with the Associate Director.
Performs budget management and planning relevant to area of supervision. Manages budget performance improvement goals and projects as appropriate for their area.
Works with team on issues and independently identifies problems or safety risks, develops plans for mitigation or implementation of strategic intervention, and oversees resolution with communication to all applicable staff and managers. Works with interdepartmental teams when needed to address systems issues.
Management Responsibilities – Human Resources
Schedules staff in relevant area of supervision in coordination with other managers and Associate Director to provide adequate coverage to meet workload demands.
Participates in the interview and hiring decisions for staff members assigned to the relevant area of supervision. Also is responsible for identifying measures to maintain or improve employee satisfaction, reward and recognition to promote employee retention.
Completes annual and on-going evaluations of performance of employees in relevant area of supervision. Addresses performance problems proactively, establishes action plan with employee, and follow-up evaluation and documentation completed as scheduled.
Handles conflicts in a direct, timely and professional manner. Disciplinary action, when required, is handled confidentially and is well documented with an action plan for correction when appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy or Pharm D is required.
Minimum of 5 years of acute care pharmacy practice experience OR Post Graduate-Year 1 (PGY-1) training combined with a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience OR a Post Graduate-Year 2 (PGY-2) residency in hospital pharmacy administration is required.
Graduate degree in business management (or other relevant field) or Residency Training, additional management/leadership development training is preferred.
New York State Pharmacy License or eligibility is required.
Candidates can apply online to: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/careers.aspx
Search for Job Requisition Number 227077.
Application Deadline: March 26, 2021.
Internal Number: 227077
About University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital
The University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital is located in Rochester, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. Strong Memorial Hospital is an 850-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.
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.