Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
Department Description: The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) delivers advanced cancer care in collaboration with affiliates throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is committed to providing patients with personalized treatment, clinical excellence and compassionate care. The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is proud to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program for meeting the highest quality standards for cancer care. The Cancer Center’s QOPI Certification in 2012 was one of the first awarded to an academic medical center. BIDMC is the only hospital in Boston with this status. As a founding member of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), Beth Israel Deaconess is part of the largest cancer research consortium in the country, with access to a broad array of the most current clinical trials. At BIDMC, our robust clinical trials program includes leukemia, multiple myeloma, lymphoma and bone marrow transplant treatment studies.
This clinical pharmacist position focuses on the delivery of safe, high-quality, cost-effective medication therapy to the hematology/oncology patient populations with secondary support of surgical populations. The position provides direct patient care and pharmaceutical services to cancer patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The Clinical Pharmacist will be expected to participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, collaborate with providers and nursing staff, clinically review and assess chemotherapy treatment plans, verify medication orders for medical oncology and surgery patients, and dispense oncolytic medications. The position will have opportunities to work with the oncology team and oncology pharmacy clinical manager on patient and provider education, guideline/policy development, performance improvement projects, pharmacy resident precepting, and clinical practice enhancement. Inpatient areas of involvement include standalone hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant units. Outpatient areas include the BIDMC Cancer Center in Boston, MA and the BIDMC Needham Cancer Center in Needham, MA.
Job Location: Boston, MA
Req ID: 37142BR
Job Summary: Initiates and ensures the quality of pharmacy drug distribution services in all patient care areas. Assumes direct responsibility of direct medication distribution, IV admixtures, safety and efficacy of prescribed drug therapy in accordance with laws and regulations governing pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy by the appropriate state and federal agencies.
- Practices in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Department of Public Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Administration and in accordance with established policies and procedures. Maintains certification and credentials in accordance with the Board of Registration.
- Provides drug information to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. Continually evaluates quality and timeliness of dispensing performance within procedural framework. Uses initiative and resourcefulness to assure best possible patient service. Communicates applicable information to subsequent shifts ensuring the continuity of care.
- Evaluates medication orders; reviews disease state parameters, allergies, drug-drug interactions and duplication of therapy. Communicates with physician on discrepancies, possible interactions, or changes necessary. Informs nurse of problem and resolution. Documents all interventions.
- Responsible for the daily operations of assigned areas. Manages workload and coordinates personnel in teamwork within the environment. Resolves operational problems arising in specific area. Assists in the development and maintenance of pharmacy polices and procedures and provide cares as described in the departments polices/procedures.
- Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy required. Doctoral degree in Pharmacy preferred.
- License Massachusetts Pharmacist required.
- 0-1 years related work experience required.
- Licensed Registered Pharmacist in Massachusetts (or immediate eligibility) required.
- Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
- Direct patient care experience in hospital pharmacy, preferably in an academic medical center setting.
- ASHP accredited residency is a plus.
- Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
- Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
- Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
- Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
- Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
- Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
- Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
- Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally