The Specialist Pharmacist is an expert in a specialized area of pharmacy practice, providing drug therapy and pharmacological consultation on the most complex patients and overseeing the competency level of other pharmacy staff in their designated specialty. In addition, the incumbent is responsible to manage drug costs in their designated therapeutic area(s) and to facilitate cost containment: a) collects and presents data to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee on the use of P&T Restricted medications, b) works with the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Coordinator to develop and conduct drug use evaluations, c) works with the Clinical Coordinator in managing drug costs. The specialist will also participate in medical staff committees as requested and be an active member.
The pharmacist specialist also participates in general clinical patient care activities and provides support to various pharmacy areas as needed. Their responsibility is to provide quality and cost effective pharmaceutical care to patients, employees and medical staff of UC Davis Health. They are an integral member of the health care team, responsible for drug therapy monitoring, drug distribution, drug information, precepting pharmacy students and residents, conducting clinical research, participation in Department and Hospital committees, task forces, and work groups and fostering excellent interdepartmental relationships.
Applicants are encouraged to upload license and certification if required of the position.
Completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency.
Completion of a PGY2 Residency in area of position emphasis (pain management).
Three years of experience with similar clinical practice (>/=70%) in an academic medical center setting.
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
Drug information training and experience
Clinical pharmacy training or experience
Educational experience and ability to work with, direct, and evaluate pharmacy residents and students
Educational experience and ability to work with and direct health care professionals
Prior experience in techniques required or ability to learn
Complete working knowledge of, and skill to apply, practices, principles and techniques of patient care related to area of expertise
Ability to communicate well and make independent decisions to resolve minor problems as they arise
Ability to supervise technicians and establish priorities of work-flow
Written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely provide information, explanations and instructions to, and to elicit information from others with varying levels of ability to understand, including individuals who are ill or distressed, or who may not speak English
Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain a friendly, welcoming environment for clinic’s/department’s customers; to demonstrate an interested, understanding, compassionate manner; to maintain a courteous and calm demeanor; and to use a proactive approach to negotiate with and persuade others to take required action
Ability to maintain composure, efficiency and a positive, customer-service oriented manner during periods of peak workload, with frequent interruptions, under tight deadlines, and when interacting with challenging customers who may be ill, angry, or emotionally distressed
Problem-solving skills to independently recognize and define a problem; identify the resources available to help solve the problem; create and implement viable solutions; and follow through to ensure the problem is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties
Decision-making skills to independently exercise delegate authority to take action, and to recognize when it is appropriate to seek assistance from others when limits of delegated authority have been reached
Ability to exercise discretion to ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained and a professional, respectful clinic/department environment exists at all times
Board certified in their area of expertise if available (e.g. BCPS)
Completion of additional training focused on pain/opioid stewardship (e.g. ASHP Opioid Stewardship Certificate).
Completion of PGY2 Residency in area of position emphasis or equivalent experience consisting of 5 years of similar clinical practice in an academic medical center required.
Meets American Society of Health Systems Pharmacy qualified preceptor standards
Actively publishes and presents highly quality research and information related to their area of expertise at the state and national level
Previous hospital practice experience in pain management preferred.
Knowledge of national guidelines and regulatory and accreditation standards regarding opioid use.
Previous experience with data collection and analysis and application to performance improvement. Experience with EPIC or other CPOE systems preferred.
This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment.
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
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