Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for the development and the provision of pharmaceutical care in collaboration with multidisciplinary healthcare teams. Rounding with medical teams and precepting pharmacy students and residents is expected in this role. Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist will work to promote the use of established medication use policies and guidelines, and assists with the development of medication use policies relevant to internal medicine. Clinical specialist at MercyOne assumes a leadership role as an extension of their leader to promote clinical practice advancement in the profession of pharmacy.
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Edina Avdic, PharmD, MBA, BCPS AQ-ID
Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Pharmacy Department
MercyOne - Des Moines
Essential Key Job Responsibilities
Deliver pharmaceutical care in the designated internal medicine/cardiology (telemetry) patient care area.
Supports work of Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee (P&T) and assists with planning, development, implementation and maintenance of Formulary at MercyOne.
Conducts and/or assists with Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)s and participates in departmental Quality Improvement (QI) efforts.
Assists with monitoring and analysis of Adverse Drug Events including medication errors for internal medicine and telemetry patient care areas.
Actively participates in and/or leads local and national committees related to medication use.
Leads or participates in the development and implementation of multidisciplinary medication-related protocols/guidelines and clinical pharmacy initiatives for internal medicine practice areas.
Assists with training and development of Staff Pharmacists as it relates to internal medicine.
Provides education to pharmacy, medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals, through lectures, literature reviews and other educational activities.
Serve as preceptor for pharmacy students and residents on internal medicine and cardiology rotations and assists with projects for students and residents as needed.
Performs other job functions as directed by Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Pharmacy degree (BS or Pharm.D.) from an ACPE approved college of pharmacy.
Successful completion of PGY-2 residency in the internal medicine, cardiology, or pharmacotherapy or minimum three years of practice experience in internal medicine.
Required licensure and certification:
Licensed, or eligible for licensure, pharmacist in Iowa.
Board certification within 1 year of hire.
BLS and ACLS certification within 6 months of hire.
Knowledge: comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology, therapeutics, kinetics, therapeutic drug monitoring and critical literature evaluation as it relates to patient care within the area of specialty practice.
Effective communication with patients and other healthcare professionals.
A high level of analytic ability to research and evaluate drug information, interpret patients specific information, develop education material, conduct medication use evaluation, and resolve medication related problems.
Commitment to teaching, mentoring and coaching students, residents and pharmacists
Proficient in use of computers, software for pharmacy and healthcare applications, specific pharmacy practice technology and equipment.
About MercyOne Medical Center Des Moines
The inpatient pharmacy department at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center provides medications and a variety of clinical services to an average of 500 inpatients every day. Decentralized pharmacists staff all patient-care areas monitoring and evaluating each patient’s response to therapy, providing drug information, and collaborating with other members of the healthcare team. Pharmacists are responsible for verifying medication orders, managing pharmacokinetic, anticoagulation, and TPN consults, and independently optimizing drug therapies per multiple Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee approved policies.
Pharmacy’s Mission: Deliver safe, evidence-based pharmaceutical care in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, as well as patients, to improve health outcomes in our community.
Pharmacy’s Vision: Be innovative and sustainable in how we provide safe, personalized patient care. We will optimize our most valuable resource, our staff, to deliver cutting edge, evidence-based therapy as part of the interdisciplinary team.
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center is a 656-bed community teaching hospital located in Iowa’s capitol city and is one of the Midwest’s largest referra...l centers, offering a variety of specialty services that are unique to Iowa and the region. MercyOne is a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Primary Stroke Center, and has medical residency programs in surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry. MercyOne Des Moines is a member of the Mercy Health Network and is part of the CommonSpirit Health organization (formerly Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) which has merged with Dignity Health).