Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Abdominal Transplant

Job Description

Location: UC Medical Center
Department: Inpatient Pharmacy; Abdominal Transplant Services
Hours: Full-time
Shift: Dayshift

UC Health is hiring for a full-time Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Inpatient Pharmacy; Abdominal Transplant Services at the University of Cincinnati's Medical Center. We're offering a $20,000 sign-on bonus!

Under the supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) provides specialized clinical pharmacy services to patients receiving care under the medical direction of a general or specialty department, division, or service, regardless of the physical location of the patient within the hospital or ambulatory clinics. The CPS coordinates these clinical services with other health care practitioners and patients through direct and indirect patient care activities, education, and project management/research within the specialty area. The CPS also collaborates with other members of the pharmacy and the interdisciplinary team to resolve problems related to drug distribution that occur in their assigned nursing unit area(s) or patient care team(s)/service(s). The CPS works to achieve desired patient-centered outcomes through supporting the provision of safe, cost-effective, evidence-based medication therapy.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center

As part of the Clifton Campus of UC Health, Greater Cincinnati's academic health system, University of Cincinnati Medical Center has served Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for nearly 200 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients receive care from our world-renowned clinicians and care team. Our experts utilize the most advanced medical knowledge and technology available, providing a level of specialty and subspecialty medical care that is not available anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati.

Unit Details:

• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
• Employee Paid Short- and Long-Term Disability
• 401K
• Tuition Reimbursement Opportunities
• Community Discounts
• Learning environment allows for constant development.


• Participates in Educational Activities, Projects and Research Activities
• Assist with MUEs and pharmacoeconomic study activities of the Drug Policy-Development Committee.
• Evaluate drug therapy for appropriateness, effectiveness, safety, adherence, and affordability.
• Clarify pharmacotherapy plans and orders with the prescriber, document any changes in patient and pharmacy records, and inform others of medication order changes.
• Monitor and adjust drug therapy for covered patients to achieve optimal patient outcomes through patient assessment, including identifying and prioritizing patient problems and medication-related needs.
• Assessment includes considerations for age, weight, laboratory and other objective data, physical exam information, medical procedures, and other individual factors.
• The specialist communicates this analysis with other clinicians and practitioners responsible for patient care. Develop/initiate therapeutic plans and address medication-related problems through written and/or verbal consultation with the interdisciplinary team and/or through collaborative practice agreements/consults, where appropriate.
• Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, clinical pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics/therapeutic drug monitoring, evidence-based selection and/or continuance of drug therapy, determination of therapeutic end points, and core measure/regulatory performance.
• The specialist, when functioning in a patient care area, takes responsibility for the continuity of care for a specific patient or team over the course of a hospitalization or phase of a disease.
• The practitioner ensures that pharmaceutical care is provided when not in the area through on-call responsibilities, policy and procedures, and development of order sets, protocols, guidelines, or clinical pathways.
• The practitioner is responsible for reviewing pharmaceutical care provided during their absence and providing feedback to caregivers when necessary. Provide education and counseling to patients regarding their medication(s), when appropriate.
• Participate on rapid response and medical emergency response teams.
• Participate in drug distribution activities during periods of staffing shortages or as scheduled to maintain continuity of departmental services.

Indirect Patient Care:

• Demonstrate and apply in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology, and the clinical signs, symptoms, and natural history of diseases and/or disorders in the specialty practice area.
• Possess, maintain, and enhance the pharmacotherapy knowledge and experience commensurate with certification in one or more Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialties (BPS) areas.
• Residency program directors should have achieved certification in the BPS area for their program, if available.
• Locate, evaluate, interpret, and assimilate scientific/clinical evidence and other relevant information from the biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral literature.
• Participate in multidisciplinary teams to develop order sets, protocols, guidelines, or clinical pathways to promote best practices, continuous quality improvement, and clinical effectiveness in area(s) of expertise.
• Participate in medication usage evaluations (MUE) and continuous quality improvement activities, including, but not limited to, reporting medication-related incidents and adverse drug events/reactions. Documents clinical pharmacy activities and interventions to validate services and support clinical and departmental dashboards.
• Exhibit leadership in the participation and development of new clinical services that improve the quality and cost of patient care provided.
• Resolve problems related to drug distribution as identified and/or referred from pharmacy management, nurses, decentralized support personnel, and quarterly nursing unit reviews (NURs).
• Participate in the evaluation of drugs and associated order sets, protocols, guidelines, or clinical pathways for the Drug Policy Development Committee.
• Supervise and mentor pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents assigned to patient care areas.
• Recognition locally, regionally, or nationally through practice excellence, publications, presentations, and/or active involvement in professional service activities (e.g., professional organization committee/working group leadership; peer-review/editorial board).
• Initiate and contribute to effective patient safety initiatives, transitions-of-care improvements, and cost reduction strategies in the department and hospital.
• Demonstrate commitment to the pharmacy team through attendance at pharmacy staff meetings, assisting in coverage of central and decentralized pharmacists for involvement in educational activities, and providing education to the pharmacy.
• The specialist should have an extensive network of relationships with external colleagues and local attending physicians, house staff, nursing staff, and other allied health professionals.


Education: Master's degree, minimum required. PharmD, preferred degree.
• Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency, with preference for ASHP accredited PGY2 and/or fellowship in specialty area.
• Significant research contributions and medication use evaluation (MUE) activity in specialty area of practice, preferred.
• Recognized as an expert in field of specialty (locally, regionally, or nationally) through professional service, presentations, and/or publications.

License and Certification: Registered pharmacist or eligible for licensure in Ohio. Current certification in Basic Life Support (BSL) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Experience: One to two years equivalent experience, preferred.

Required Skills and Knowledge:
• Demonstrate and apply in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology, and the clinical signs, symptoms, and natural history of diseases and/or disorders.
• Demonstrate evidence of exceptional teaching, writing, and communication skills.
• Development of clinical pathways/medication use guidelines.
• MUE and project design and data synthesis.
• Electronic database management.
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About UC Health

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