Clinical Pharmacists assume responsibility and accountability for the provision of safe, effective, and prompt medication therapy. Clinical Pharmacists proficiently provide direct patient-centered care and integrated pharmacy operational services in a decentralized practice setting with physicians, nurses, and other hospital personnel to deliver optimal medication therapy to patients with a broad range of disease states. These clinicians are aligned with target interdisciplinary programs and specialty services to deliver medication therapy management within specialty patient care services and to ensure pharmaceutical care programs are appropriately integrated throughout the institution. Pharmaceutical care services include but are not limited to assessing patient needs, incorporating age and disease specific characteristics into drug therapy and patient education, adjusting care according to patient response, and providing clinical interventions to detect, mitigate, and prevent medication adverse events. Clinical Pharmacists serve as a departmental resources and liaisons to other departments, hospital personnel, or external groups. They proficiently manage and facilitate the appropriate use of medications according to professional and regulatory standards. At MGH, they also conduct clinical research and practice advancement projects as well as patient care quality and regulatory compliance initiatives designed to improve medication-use processes or pharmacy practice. Clinical Pharmacists provide medication and practice-related education/training and actively serve as preceptors for pharmacy residents and Doctor of Pharmacy students (MGH Pharmacy Residency website: https://www.massgeneral.org/education/pharmacy-residency).
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is a 1,035-bed, academic teaching hospital in Boston, MA. It is the largest hospital in New England, and the third oldest in the United States. Consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report, Mass General’s history and achievements have earned it a reputation as one of the foremost medical centers in the world for centuries. The hospital's reputation dates as far back as 1846, when the first public demonstration of the use of ether as an anesthetic during surgery took place in the Mass General Ether Dome. MGH is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the U.S. MGH is part of Mass General Brigham which is the health system established by Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Health in the late 1990’s. Currently, Mass General Brigham is made up of 12 hospitals located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Department of Pharmacy: Established in 1845, the Mass General Department of Pharmacy provides innovative and comprehensive direct patient care and operational services to the inpatient hospital and numerous outpatient clinics. The Department of Ph...armacy encompasses a staff of approximately 350 fulltime employees, a $450 million annual drug budget, and 15 locations, including the Gray Main Inpatient Pharmacy, Operating Room Pharmacy, Wang Outpatient Pharmacy, Yawkey Ambulatory Oncology Infusion Pharmacy, General and Oncology Clinical Trials Pharmacy, as well as numerous outpatient and ambulatory oncology pharmacies off-campus. Over 9 million medication doses are dispensed annually and are supported by medication carousels, anesthesia workstations, and automated dispensing cabinets. The hospital has a fully implemented electronic medical record across the institution. Pharmacists are involved in complex medical management, integrated into multidisciplinary teams and provide services such as therapeutic drug monitoring, patient counseling, drug information, medication reconciliation and acute emergency response.