Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - FT, Days

Methodist Hospital - San Antonio, TX3.9

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - FT, Days(Job Number: 02531-88194)

Work Location: United States-Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital
Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Pharmacy & Pharmacy Tech


Full Time - Days (rotating weekends)

Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. From the beginning, we've recognized the unique needs of each of our patients. It's a process that we continue to improve on, creating ways to better serve the community when they need us the most. With 981 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, cancer care, bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics.

As the flagship hospital of the Medical Center and of the Methodist Healthcare system of hospitals, we appreciate the support and recognition we receive from the community having been ranked No. 1 in the Express-News Reader's Choice Awards. We also enjoy being the most preferred hospital in San Antonio, as consistently reported by the Consumer Research Corporation. Methodist Hospital has been nationally recognized by Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade A, accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care, and designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information, please visit our website at and select Methodist Hospital under Locations.

General Statement of Duties:
The Pharmacy Clinical/Operations Specialist is responsible for participating and leading pharmacy clinical or operational programs. This includes monitoring patient medication regimens and providing appropriate interventions. The Clinical Specialist shall also assist in mentoring pharmacy staff and precepting students/residents and assist in the evaluation and implementation of clinical/operational programs.

Essential Job Functions:
Interprets orders and transcribes or verifies them accurately and efficiently into the pharmacy computer system
Accurately compound and dispense pharmaceuticals
Complies with facility policy and procedures and regulatory requirements
Monitors drug therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, allergies and appropriateness of drug and dose
Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners. Suggests appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed.
Sustains the hospital formulary, minimizing nonformulary procurements, utilizing therapeutic interchanges and promotes rational drug therapy selection
Attends and actively participates in daily multidisciplinary and bedside rounds
Completes drug utilization reviews to promote rational drug therapy and implement improvements identified
Provides accurate and timely medication information to healthcare staff and patients
Leads and develops pharmacy clinical services such as drug consults, nutrition support, pharmacokinetics, anticoagulant monitoring, pain management, IV to PO, renal dosing and other programs as defined by Pharmacy Leadership. Develop, manage and mentor antimicrobial management program (AMP).
Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely. Responsible for mentoring and education as well as ongoing analysis of interventions to insure accurate and appropriate documentation and provide summary reports.
Supports and participates in the goals of the organization’s quality improvement, risk management and patient safety program to include but not limited to National Patient Safety Goals, Core Measures and HCAHPS medication related initiatives.
Participates in the design, collection, and reporting of adverse drug reactions, drug utilization reviews, medication errors and pharmacy quality initiatives
Leads the training and mentorship of pharmacists, pharmacy students, residents, technicians, nurses and physicians. Develop and document staff competency on an ongoing basis and develops improvement plans when deficiencies in competencies are identified
Leads in preceptorship of pharmacy students and/or residents.
Maintains professional competency sufficient to meet current and future needs of the facility.
Provides and demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of pharmacy practice (operational and/or clinical)
Provides basic technical support for automated dispensing machines and other pharmacy computer systems
Effectively supervises pharmacy operation activities and provides support to the whole pharmacy team
Complies with facility pharmacy schedule to work physically at patient care areas to interact with medical staff, nurses and other members of the healthcare team.
Effectively and proactively intervenes in conflicts between pharmacy and medical staff regarding drug therapy issue resolutions.
Trains and participates with Disaster Team drills and real-event response as assigned
Trains and participates with Code Teams as assigned. Obtain and maintain BLS-ACLS or PALS current certification as appropriate.
Maintains appropriate controlled substance records. Works with the Pharmacy Director and appropriate manager to identify and develop processes to meet or exceed all controlled substance diversion prevention and monitoring standards. Participate in controlled substance reviews and audits
Complies with all regulatory standards. Works with the Pharmacy Director to identify and develop processes to meet or exceed all regulatory standards. Participates in quality and regulatory reviews and audits
Prioritizes work and lead others to comply with facility medication turn-around time policy and procedure. Identifies areas for improved efficiency. Assists in implementation of process changes.
Supervises and assists pharmacy technicians and other support staff effectively.
Participates in establishing pharmacy goals and objectives and assists in the implementation.
Participates with various nursing and medical staff committees as necessary.
Assists with staff performance evaluations.
Acts as manager in charge as assigned.
Provides review and guidance on physician order sets and other evidenced based medication use guidelines.
Assists with the preparation of the pharmacy newsletter and/or other forms of written and electronic communication.
Performs drug class reviews and drug monographs.
Participates in all aspects of the drug formulary management process.
Asists with the development, implementation, and monitoring of pharmacy operations initiatives (operational/clinical)
Participates in the development and review of pharmacy policies and procedures
Assists in the design and update of pharmacy computer system programs relating to pharmacy, nursing and physician programs
Assists in the maintenance of pharmacy dictionaries including adding new drugs to the drug dictionary and Gold Standard formulary Charge Master maintenance
Chairs/Co-Chairs or is a standing committee member of a facility based committee within scope of practice
Presents at division wide clinical service line meetings as applicable to area of expertise.
Performs other duties as assigned
Provides cross-coverage in pharmacy areas as required. Assists in times of short staffing or increased workload to ensure quality patient care.


Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics:

1. Education: ONE of the following:
A. Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
B. Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

2. Experience:
Minimum of 3 years’ experience as Advanced Clinical Pharmacist (in a specific area of focus) or at least 5 years of general hospital pharmacy experience required; preferably within area of focus
OR completion of a PGY2 pharmacy residency or fellowship
BCPS certification or other Board of Pharmacy Specialty (BPS) certification
3. Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).

Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:A. ONE of the following prior to the first day of employment:
1. Current Registered Pharmacist licensed by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
2. Licensed pharmacist in another state: Provide proof of the Authorization to Test (ATT) from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
B. ACLS/PALS and NALS required for critical care/ED position dependent on population served.

Preference: Post-Graduate training, board certification or significant direct patient care clinical experience in hematology / oncology.