Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Academic Detailing Program Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Martinez, California
Internal Number: 676517700
Under the direction of the National Pharmacist Program Manager for Academic Detailing Program Manager, the Clinical Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the implementation of academic detailing programs for the assigned territories by acting as a facility and VISN level technical advisor. Networks assigned based on voluntary participation will dictate the specific of programming responsibilities by network location. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: (1) Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. degree. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy). [TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION] (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). YOU MUST SUBMIT COPY OF FPGEC CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. (3) NOTE: Current VA Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions]. Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CURRENT LICENSE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. Exception: Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. For grade levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Experience working in a hospital setting, possesses a PGY-1 or PGY-2 residency, and academic detailing is preferred. Grade Determinations: GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. Assignment. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. 2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. 3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. 4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012, VA Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (3 hours); Standing (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Academic Detailing Program Manager is responsible for ensuring PBM provides a partially centralized matrix support so VISNs do not have to expend resources to replicate infrastructure, yet retain the flexibility needed to adapt program implementation to the specific circumstances. This position will build patient care provider tools for each national initiative designed to assist providers to align evidence-based prescribing. Incumbent holds a direct patient care positions which provides technical advisory services for PBM and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) wide efforts to improve medical care. As such, incumbents must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Incumbent will have knowledge of and apply marketing techniques in promotion of practice guidelines and other evidence-based prescribing initiatives. Incumbent will measure performance and to trend changes with prescribing and use of evidence-based treatments. Incumbent will develop strategies to identify prescribing patterns that are not consistent with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). As such, position requires computer expertise, particularly in the area of database programs and data analysis. Incumbent will assist with achieving specific goals and a vision for the program and will assist with future program development. Familiarity with VA rules, VA clinical direction, ethical conduct, VHA policy and CPG implementation process will be required to attain a position of national leadership for academic detailing. The Clinical Program Manager for Academic Detailing is responsible for developing the provider tools, educational tools, training requirements for each initiative, collaborating with VISN academic detailing programs and identifying policy requirements needed for delivering a consistent programing approach to track each initiative and program costs. Program initiatives may involve significant travel to achieve successful outcomes in each VISN. Program managers will need to directly train academic detailers, collaborate with senior leaders in VHA and VISN Pharmacy Executives, strategic align new initiatives with department goals, and work with specific Patient Care Service program officials throughout. These programs are conducted in the PBM for the VA Health Care System and are advanced by use of quality monitors to identify progress on each initiative. The results of these programs are used to improve patient safety in the VA and to foster more program initiatives to ensure the safe prescribing of pharmaceuticals. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: Generally between: Sunday - Saturday 0700-1800\nTelework: Yes- Position Suitable\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Below are the Mather, CA, salary breakdown of each grade level: GS-13 Salary Range: $ 112,890.00 to $ 146,755.00 per annual Below are the Martinez, CA, salary breakdown of each grade level: GS-13 Salary Range: $ 134,737.00 to $ 175,156.00 per annual"]
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