The Pharmacy Service is seeking a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner) at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Huntsville, Alabama. 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) (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). 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. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: GS-13 (a) Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. 1. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Preferred Experience: Direct clinical pain management experience or a PGY-2 residency focusing on pain management is preferred. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 - Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-30 pounds); moderate carrying (15-30 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4 hours); standing (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4: far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basis colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; mental and emotional stability. ["The primary responsibility of this Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) is coordination and provision of pain related medication management, including patients with Substance Abuse, and Opioid Abuse Disorders, for patients seen in the CPP Pain Clinic. The CPP functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works independently under their individual scope of practice to directly care for patients. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: initiating, modifying, or discontinuing medication therapy; designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine\nefficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Care may be provided through traditional clinic appointments or other modalities including, but not limited to, telehealth, video-telehealth, and shared medical appointments. Work Schedule: 8-hour tours of duty; primarily between the hours of 6am-6pm, with possible rotation to weekend/holiday/evening/night tours.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available.\nTelework: Available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 51678F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required. NOTIFICATIONS: This position is in the AFGE bargaining unit. This position is covered by a special salary rate. You must include VA form 10-2850c in your application package to be considered for this vacancy."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.