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Hepatology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Department Description: The clinical pharmacy specialist in hepatology will collaborate as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team in the provision of care for patients in our hepatology clinic to optimize and promote rational, safe, evidence-based and cost-effective therapy. Clinical pharmacy specialist ensures optimum patient related outcomes for various liver disorders (Hep C, NASH, etc) by preventing or resolving drug-related issues and optimizing the drug therapy of patients. In addition to direct patient care responsibilities, the clinical pharmacy specialist will: actively participate in related hepatology care committees and /or workgroups; collaborate in the review of new and existing medications, clinical practice guidelines and other related policies used in the management of hepatology conditions, serve as a key educational resource to the pharmacy, the hepatology care team and other healthcare providers in matters pertaining to medication management in the chronic conditions mentioned above; and serve as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and students.

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID: 45793BR

Job Summary: The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist serves as a leader in clinical pharmacy practice in a specific clinical area, or various clinical areas, as determined by hospital needs. Specialists provide comprehensive clinical and distributive medication management services and will utilize their advanced clinical skills in the provision of evidenced-based, safe, and cost-effective drug therapy to achieve optimal medication therapy outcomes. They serve as a drug information and educational resource for the pharmacy staff, patients, residents/students, medical staff, nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will participate in the development of clinical guidelines/protocols, new programs/services, and facilitate professional development activities in their area of expertise. This position will be working Monday to Friday, working the day shift.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Practices pharmacy in accordance with laws, rules and regulation of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Department of Public Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Drug Enforcement Administration and in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures. Maintains credentials in accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
  2. Monitors patients in a specific unit/specialty service, including collecting patient-specific data, interpreting drug-related laboratory data, performing relevant physical assessments, interviewing patients, and identifying patient goals of therapy.
  3. Takes part in the development, administration, and improvement of all ambulatory pharmacy programs and services. Independent development of drug use evaluations, ADR reporting, clinic development and management, and creation of business plans
  4. Under protocol, initiates, adjusts, monitors, and recommends changes in drug therapy based on information obtained through patient interviews, objective monitoring parameters, physical assessments as related to drug monitoring and adverse effect management, review of medication profiles and the patient medical records.
  5. Documents clinical interventions in the electronic health record in a timely and professional manner.
  6. Coordinates and interprets laboratory monitoring of drug therapy, including serum drug levels, electrolytes, and other approved drug-related laboratory testing.
  7. Provides patient monitoring for the purpose of evaluating and optimizing patient outcomes, drug utilization and patient compliance, detecting and/or minimizing ADR's, eliminating unnecessary drug use and duplication.
  8. Coordinates continuing education activities for medical and nursing staff; orients new employees on pharmacy practices and procedures. Includes submissions to the pharmacy newsletters, participating in journal clubs, and providing in-services to professional staff.
  9. Precepts PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, and contributes to staff development in area of specialty practice. Works collaboratively with other clinical pharmacy specialists to develop the pharmacy skills of pharmacy staff members by teaching and exemplifying those skills to the team members.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy required. Doctoral degree in Pharmacy preferred.
  2. Registration Massachusetts Pharmacist required.
  3. 1-3 years related work experience required.
  4. Completion of PGY1 accredited pharmacy residency or 3+ years of Clinical Pharmacy experience in hospital setting.
  5. Must obtain one or more certification (Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP), Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS), Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP)), within 18 months of hire.
  6. Understanding of insurance and adjudication processes.
  7. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Pharmacy residency PGY2 specialty experience/fellowship or equivalent experience or 5+ years of clinical pharmacy experience.
  2. Knowledge of complex/chronic diseases states and therapies used within specialty pharmacy such as but not limited to: Primary Care, Oncology, Transplant, Infectious Disease (including HIV), Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Pulmonary, Allergy and/or various inflammatory conditions preferred.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
  8. 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.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus
EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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