Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

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 pharmacy and the interdisciplinary team to resolve problems related to drug distribution that occur on 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.


Procures and distributes medication orders per prescriber request, pharmacist request, or prearranged work assignment according to established policies, procedures, and protocols - 60 Fills physician orders, medication kits, medication carts, and stock requisitions accurately Replenishes medications in emergency drug containers and floor stock areas accurately Prepares intravenous admixtures and other sterile preparations (including chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition) safely and accurately using appropriate techniques Delivers medications and supplies to patient care and ancillary areas accurately per established schedule.

Maintains adequate stock of medications and supplies according to established policies and procedures - Assists in ordering, receiving, unpacking, and storing medications and supplies in appropriate locations Rotates stock to ensure use before expiration Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications Restocks medication and IV dispensing areas accurately within specified time periods Repackages bulk medications in unit-dose packages safely and accurately per established procedures using appropriate techniques

Contributes to the effective operation of the department - Picks up orders, requisitions, and medications for return from patient care areas when on delivery rounds Enters medication orders into pharmacy computer system accurately (if applicable) Enters charges and credits for patient medications accurately Generates reports, pick lists, and labels as required Answers the telephone, identifying self and department; directs calls to appropriate personnel Answers requests at the window/door and makes Stat deliveries to patient care and ancillary areas when requested Organizes and prioritizes work assignments Maintains logs, records, and other required documentation accurately; files documentation in appropriate locations Demonstrates good oral and written communication Keeps pharmacy areas clean, neat, and well-organized; keeps pharmacy equipment clean

Participates in the quality improvement activities of the department - Completes and documents all assigned medication storage area inspections at least monthly; identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications Collects data, conducts quality monitors, and completes documentation as assigned Organizes and maintains responsibility for an identified quality improvement project for the department Presents annual update for project responsibilities

Meets hospital and department standards of performance - Maintains a neat, professional, and well-groomed appearance; observes pharmacy dress code; wears identification badge at all times Performs work within specified time frames; adapts positively to frequent interruptions and changes in workload and/or work schedule Works cooperatively with all staff members; voices concerns and suggestions to appropriate to appropriate persons in a positive manner Fosters a team environment by providing orientation and training to new team members; assists coworkers in tasks, as time permits

Performs according to hospital and departmental standards - Seeks opportunity to advance on the technician ladder program Completes special projects and has an active role in assigned committees Has demonstrated competency in at least one specialized area of pharmacy within the hospital | Review the physical demands and assign an overall average percentage of time this position performs these activities. These physical demands will not be listed or rated on the annual performance appraisal.


Knowledge and Skills:

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).

Years of 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.