This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Education. 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.) 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). NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts showing degree earned and conferred date. 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your current, valid, and unrestricted Pharmacist License or agree to the Exception described below. 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. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Clinical Pharmacist, GS-11 (Entry Level). Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity. Clinical Pharmacist, GS-12 (Full Performance Level) Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) ~OR~ Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. NOTE: If claiming a Pharm D program, you must submit a copy of your transcripts showing degree earned and conferred date. 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. Pharmacist, GS-12 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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 Pharmacist Qualification Standard. Dated: June 7, 2012. 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 and carrying (15-44 lbs.), Use of fingers, Both hands required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Hearing (aid permitted). Physical demands include the following: repetitive motion activities requiring the use hands and fingers for extensive keyboarding and in some settings to open and close medication bottles to check filled prescriptions or preparing doses in the Narcotic Treatment Program; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; easily walking around all areas of the pharmacy and Medical Center (wards and clinics). ["~INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE~ Summary: The primary functions of the Clinical Pharmacist will be the interpretation and verification of provider orders, patient medication profile review (allergy, drug interactions, drug duplications. etc.) providing drug and policy information to patients and medical center staff throughout Alaska VA Healthcare System. The staff pharmacist is involved in the procurement, storage, admixing, distribution, control, and evaluation of drugs. The incumbent serves as a staff pharmacist providing pharmaceutical services to Veterans throughout Alaska. The staff pharmacist is involved in the procurement, storage, admixing, distribution, control, and evaluation of drugs. He/she also serves as instructor to Allied Health Professionals and pharmacy students. The incumbent is involved in the mail-out and distribution of pharmaceuticals to Veteran patients through the Fee Basis and Home Town Pharmacy programs. The duties and responsibilities of the Clinical Pharmacist include but are not limited to: FUNCTIONS: ORDER ENTRY/REVIEW PROCESS: (1) Consults with patients and medical center staff whenever there are questions concerning therapeutic or policy matters regarding prescriptions. (2) Ensures the maintenance of perpetual inventories of all controlled substances and a drug distribution system that yields maximum control over procurement, storage, and dispensing of pharmaceuticals. (3) Ensures that the provisions of the MCCR Program (Medical Care Cost Recovery Program) which apply to Pharmacy Service, are fully supported in accordance with all applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines. (4) When appropriate, fills outpatient prescriptions and issues clinic orders for drugs, supplies and narcotics as necessary. Maintains proper records for all transactions. (5) Issues pharmaceuticals to primary care clinics, subspecialty care clinics, and the surgery suite. CLINICAL: (1) The incumbent assures the accuracy of drug dispensing and the compounding of medications based on patient history and medication profile review, good clinical practice, and other pertinent factors. This includes (but is not limited to) data entry into the computer, reviewing orders for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, dosing errors, allergies, incompatibilities, contraindications, and formulary availability. Discrepancies are reviewed with the provider and resolved. Once satisfied, the pharmacist will (release) send the order forward for filling. (2) Provides drug information to providers, nurses and other associated health care professionals. This may involve open training sessions/discussions with providers or patients, questions received via telephone or electronically. (3) Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the mature adult, and geriatric veteran patient. This individual must demonstrate knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possess the ability to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age related, physical, psychosocial and cultural needs and to provide the care needed, as described in the Pharmacy Service policies and procedures. (4) Maintains effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, active problem resolution skills, and close cooperation with other services in accomplishing the medical center mission and goals. (5) Counsels Veteran patients and their families/care givers regarding the purpose, proper use, storage, side effects, and expected outcomes of their drug therapy. Documents the counseling activities in the electronic medical health record. EDUCATION: (1) Participates in educational programs for patients relating to drug therapy. (2) Provides drug information support to other healthcare providers. Educates prescribers on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the importance of writing indications on medication orders. SUPERVISION: (1) Works generally with supervision by the Chief or Assistant Chief, Pharmacy Service. (2) Functions as a pharmacy expert for policy, therapeutic, or complex problems for pharmacy students, the graduate and new pharmacist. (3) When appropriate, assists in the supervision of work activities of technicians and volunteers in all areas of the pharmacy. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Clinical Pharmacist, GS-0660-11/12, FS: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized. EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.