The GI/Thoracic ambulatory oncology pharmacist collaborates with pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other providers to ensure safe, and effective use of medications in outpatient oncology clinics, focusing on patients with gastrointestinal or thoracic malignancies. This clinical pharmacy specialist will work weekdays in a hybrid model to conduct in-person and remote direct patient care activities as well as collaborate with other pharmacists in the infusion, inpatient, and specialty pharmacies. The GI/Thoracic specialist will be responsible for oral oncolytic counseling, drug information, and medication access requests for patients within the GI and Thoracic oncology clinics. The pharmacist will also be responsible for educating pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice providers, resident physicians, and attendings about medications used in oncology treatment and collaborating with other pharmacists to support departmental projects and initiatives. This pharmacist will also serve as a preceptor for students, PGY1 residents, and PGY2 residents.
The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center delivers advanced care with personalized treatment, clinical excellence, and compassion. The Pharmacy Department is recruiting for a Clinical Specialist to support inpatient hematologic malignancy, cellular therapy, and medical oncology services. The Clinical Specialist will be expected to participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, collaborate with providers and nursing staff, review chemotherapy treatment plans, and serve on interdisciplinary committees to improve process and quality outcomes. This position will support patient and provider education, guideline/policy development, performance improvement projects, and pharmacy resident/student precepting. Required Qualifications: PGY 1 + 1-3 years OR PYG2 OR 3-5 years of experience in clinical specialty area. Preferred Qualifications: BPS Certification. Work Shift: Rotating.
3. ICU/ED Night Shift (7 on/7 off)
This overnight ICU/ED pharmacist collaborates with pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other providers to ensure safe, and effective use of medications in adult intensive care units and the emergency department. This clinical pharmacy specialist will work a rotating schedule (7 days on and 7 days off; 10:00 PM – 8:00 AM). The pharmacist will be responsible for approving all medication orders and responding to drug therapy questions promptly. The pharmacist will respond to medical emergencies (e.g., adult Code Blue, Stroke Code, etc.). The pharmacist will also be responsible for educating pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice providers, resident physicians, and attendings about medications and treatment protocols used to care for ED and critically ill patients. The pharmacist may also serve as a preceptor for students, PGY1 residents, and PGY2 residents.
General Clinical Pharmacist Specialist Job Description:
1. Practices in accordance with the state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, including but not limited to Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Department of Public Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Maintains certification and credentials in accordance with the Board of Registration and adheres to institutional policies and procedures.
2. Reviews and verifies medication orders with consideration, including but not limited to the following patient-specific parameters: diagnosis, weight/body surface area, age, allergies, organ function, laboratory values, medication duplication, drug interactions. Clarifies orders deemed to be inappropriate, incomplete, or otherwise unclear with the prescriber in a timely manner.
3. Documents and communicates pertinent information and discussion with the healthcare team and pharmacy staff to ensure continuity of care.
4. Provides drug information to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.
5. Checks and verifies sterile and non-sterile medications.
6. Supervises the activities of students, technicians, and residents within the pharmacist area of practice.
7. Promotes a culture of patient safety by submitting medication-related events and near misses.
8. Completes daily pharmacy surveillance tool monitoring, including follow-up and documentation, as well as other daily patient care initiatives and relevant reports.
9. Works collaboratively with all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy personnel. Upholds a culture of respect and teamwork across the Pharmacy Department. Precepts pharmacy students, resident rotations, and resident-led quality improvement projects.
10. May serve as Residency Program Coordinator or Residency Program Director
11. Regularly participates in department initiatives including but not limited to supporting formulary stewardship, presenting new medication requests at Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, creating and maintaining policies and procedures, conducting assessments of workflows, and/or developing departmental tools and resources.
12. Supports a specific core area of practice through interdisciplinary education, ongoing specialty training and as a resource for Pharmacy staff.
13. Updates clinical guidelines and presents hospital wide educational initiatives.
14. Serves on hospital interdisciplinary committees or workgroups to improve process and quality outcomes. 15. Supports IRB-approved research activities, medication use evaluations, or cost-savings initiatives.
16. Other duties as assigned
PGY 1 + 1-3 years OR PYG2 OR 3-5 years of experience in clinical specialty area
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a 750-bed academic medical center located amongst multiple high-profile medical centers in the Longwood area of Boston, MA. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School with affiliations with multiple Colleges and Universities across healthcare disciplines including Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, Northeastern University, Boston College and Simmons College in Pharmacy, advanced clinical nurse education, physician’s assistance programs, the center is a hub for dedicated training, teaching and research. The center consists of two primary campuses serving a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services across multiple medical and surgical services including Level 1 Trauma, Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Hepatology, General Medicine including a robust Hospitalist program, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Solid Organ Transplant and Stem Cell Transplant and Infectious Diseases among many. In 2019, BIDMC became part of Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) – a new healthcare system that brought together fourteen academic medical centers and teaching, community, and specia...lty hospitals in a shared mission to expand access to exceptional healthcare for more than 1.3 million people in Eastern Massachusetts. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew SeniorLife and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and The Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. In the area of diversity and inclusion, BIDMC was named LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for ten consecutive years and has been recognized by Boston Magazine, which named 190 physicians and surgeons from 45 medical specialties affiliated with BIDMC in its “Top Doctors” guide.
The Department of Pharmacy at BIDMC employs approximately 200 FTEs including both inpatient and outpatient services. This consists broadly of an administrative team, clinical pharmacy specialists, clinical pharmacists, pharmacy residents, pharmacy technicians, students, and other support personnel who provide comprehensive pharmacy services to patients and other members of the healthcare team.
Inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services are provided by clinical pharmacists/specialists in a team based practice model. Within this model, pharmacists collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in assigned patient care areas/clinics and are responsible for the pharmaceutical care and medication management of their patients. In addition to medication order verification, pharmacists are actively involved in providing drug information, performing pharmacokinetic evaluation and dosing for select medications, reviewing medications for renal dose adjustment, reviewing pertinent laboratory information and assessing the impact on the patient’s medication profile, and monitoring target medications. This spectrum of care includes provision of services to adult and geriatric patient populations as well as premature and full term infants. In addition to the team-based/clinic pharmacy practice, the pharmacy operates several specialty areas including: investigational drugs, ambulatory infusions, and oncology infusion clinic services.
Medication reliability and safety are integral to the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care and the pharmacy including the Medication Safety division continually reviews medication incident reports, adverse drug events and medication errors to identify potential areas for improvement of systems. Active involvement in multidisciplinary quality assurance programs, assist the pharmacy in evaluating the specific needs of its patients.
The Department of Pharmacy works with both subcommittees and the overarching Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee to review medications for formulary status, to perform and review medication use evaluations, to develop medication use policies, and to contribute to clinical resource management activities of the medical center. The P&T Committee provides an interdisciplinary forum that facilitates consistent communication between the members of the Department of Pharmacy and physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals.
BIDMC is a part of the larger, regional Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) network and collaborates across the system level to provide coordinated pharmacy services across the greater Boston community. Members of the BIDMC team are involved in guideline/policy work and contribute to medication policy committees including a BILH System P&T Committee, Ambulatory Care, Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Hematology Oncology committees and a Clinical-Operations Workgroup to tackle harmonization as a network.
In addition to the provision of inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical services, the pharmacy department also serves as an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) site for pharmacy students for nearby schools of pharmacy including serving as a practice site for Clinical Faculty from both Boston-based schools of pharmacy, MCPHS University and Northeastern University.