The Pharmacist, Associate Chief of Clinical Services has broad delegated authority for making determinations as to propriety of decisions on Clinical Pharmacy and Education matters within the framework of established laws, regulations, and VA and local policies, and for the leadership in the formulation and operation of the Pharmacy Clinical and Educational functions for the station. Functions of the position: Program Management 1) Develops, coordinates, supervises, evaluates, and assumes primary responsibility for all clinical pharmacy programs and services; 2) Develops, provides, and coordinates regular formal and informal educational training programs and lectures to affiliated institutions, and to Medical Center health care professionals and students in medicine, nursing, dietetics and other allied health professions. 3) Coordinates, precepts, evaluates and supervises Pharmacy Residence and College of Pharmacy student education activities that are conducted at the Medical Center; 4) Develops and revises policies and procedures for clinical pharmacy services; 3) Develops, participates in, coordinates, and evaluates drug utilization reviews, quality assurance audits, and other audits to assure JCAHO and other regulatory agency approved patient care by providing feedback to others, monitoring drug usage, and reviewing pharmacy services; 5) Works with medical, pharmacy, nursing, research, and allied health staffs to explore, organize, and implement interdisciplinary programs to enhance patient care; 6) Serves as Pharmacy Service representative to Medical Center Committees, such as Primary Care Steering Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in order to provide pharmacy support, involvement and representation, as assigned by the Chief, Pharmacy Service; 7) Manages clinical privileging/credentialing for pharmacy service including OPPE/FPPE; 8) Manages information security within areas of responsibility; Clinical - Direct Patient Care 1) Face-to-face, VA Video Connect (VVC), and telephone encounters with referred patients, for comprehensive medication management; 2) Functions as a mid-level provider to design, implement, and monitor therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers; 3) Orders, performs, reviews, and analyzes appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy; 4) Follows-up with patients on lab or test results to discuss the plan of therapy; 5) Determine if a referral to the physician is necessary when disease progression occurs or adverse drug events require treatment interventions; 6) Identify patients who may benefit from comprehensive Medication management through population management reports and during team huddles; 7) Review patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed. 8) Monitor, report, and document drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues; 9) Apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care, recognizes significant abnormalities, and makes dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings; 10) Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance; 11) Assists Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee with medication use evaluations and other safety initiatives; 12) Promotes and monitors compliance for established drug therapy policies; 13) Works with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives; Education 1) Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, and evaluates regular formal and informal pharmacy training and education of pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students through lectures, discussions, seminars, patient rounds, laboratory and practical experiences; 2) Prepares, presents and coordinates specialized pharmacotherapeutic education and training to pharmacy staff, pharmacy residents, Pharmacy students, nursing, medical and allied health care professional staff and students by lectures, discussions, and seminars in the areas of pharmacology, applied therapeutics, pharmacokinetics and other related subjects. 3) Develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates education programs for pharmacy personnel; 4) Provides advanced clinical clerkship training to pharmacy residence and pharmacy students in area(s) of specialization and expertise; Supervision 1) Supervises pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students in the provision of pharmacy services; 2) Identifies and resolves problems in the clinical pharmacy work environment by discussing complaints and grievances, getting feedback, and working with all pharmacy personnel; 3) Serves in other supervisory capacities of the Pharmacy Service, including Chief, Pharmacy Services;. 4) Assists the Chief of Pharmacy with interviewing candidates for positions in the section, recommends appointments and promotions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630 Telework: Eligible upon supervisor approval and needs of the service Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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