The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for primary care Patient Aligned Care Teams is a multifunctional position with primary emphasis on pharmacotherapy, including prospective drug use evaluation, comprehensive medication therapy management, and treatment planning to improve drug selection, dose, decrease reactions and interactions, and promote rational use of therapeutics. Responsibilities include clinical services for clinics and participation on committees and workgroups at the Health Care System. 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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, 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). 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. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. GS-13 Grade Determinations: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, which is Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program or 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, you must have 1 year of experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) which include but not limited to: Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff; Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security; Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. AND In addition to the GS-12 requirements, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Preferred Experience: Medication Therapy Management via Scope of Practice or Collaborative Practice Agreement, Post-graduate residency in ambulatory or similar, Board Certification in ambulatory care, pharmacotherapy or other Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, moderate carrying, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, repeated bending, climbing (legs only), ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), good vision (glasses permitted), and emotional/mental stability. ["Major Duties: Attends treatment planning as appropriate in primary care clinics, on long term care wards and other medical and psychiatric wards Reviews individual patient charts and attends rounds/huddles or care review meetings when scheduled. Individual patient assessment and treatment planning include documentation of indication for medication, therapeutic drug monitoring, detection and reporting of adverse effects, efficacy documentation, clinical laboratory review, polypharmacy, and detection of drug interactions with food/drugs/disease. Provides medication reconciliation, interview and assessment, discharge counseling and patient medication; teaching when requested or appropriate. Communicates with other Health Care Systems, referral coordinators, pharmacists and patients, in order to provide continuity of care, medication reconciliation, and enter orders on admission to ambulatory care or inpatient settings on behalf of providers. Monitors patient response to therapy for efficacy, adverse effects, interactions, achievement of therapeutic goals, and recommends changes in therapy and laboratory studies based on patient assessment. Assists all providers in design, implementation, and staffing of PACT pharmacist clinics. Work Schedule: Part time, Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm for one week of pay period, Thursday and Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm for the other week of the pay period (Tour of duty will be further discussed.) Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Compressed/Flexible: Not available Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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