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City of Hope

Clin Pharmacist Specialist

Duarte, CA

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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Position Summary

The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works independently to support the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. This CPS functions as a member of the COH multidisciplinary team working collaboratively with other health care providers to deliver advanced clinical services to City of Hope patients, while providing professional guidance to staff within assigned service line and promoting continued growth of comprehensive clinical pharmacy services. The CPS will ensure provision of safe, appropriate, timely, and cost-effective pharmacotherapy to our patients in accordance with evidence-based literature, regulations governing pharmacy practice, and City of Hope policies and procedures. CPS will also act as a drug information resource to the other health care providers and will be responsible for education of staff on drug-related topics in their area of specialty. The clinical pharmacist specialist has the education, training and skills and is considered the pharmacy's top subject matter expert in medication management in the specific area of specialty. The clinical pharmacist specialist delivers comprehensive patient centered care by providing ongoing disease education, counseling, and benefit verification as well as coordination of care with multiple care providers. The pharmacist provides comprehensive patient and care givers medication education and a customized and personalized adherence management plan. The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist will guide Clinical Pharmacists to develop, implement, and maintain systems that promote desirable clinical outcomes through use of safe, cost-effective drug therapies while supporting City of Hope mission. The CPS will provide disease specific support in their area of specialty when needed, helping with complex therapeutic issues, acting as the liaisons between the Pharmacy enterprise and the health care team members, and by providing continued education activities while supporting the professional growth of the staff.

Key Responsibilities include:

Provision of Clinical Services:
  • Collaborates with providers to develop, implement, and maintain systems that promote desirable clinical outcomes through use of safe, cost-effective drug therapies.
  • Designs pharmaceutical care plans if needed and documents interventions performed.
  • Provides oversight of safe and timely medication use system in the assigned specialty area.
  • Collaborates with members of multidisciplinary health care team to optimize patient's medication therapy.
  • Addresses and helps to resolve medication management issues that arise in the specialty area.
  • Ensure timely access to oral oncology medication by proactively collaborating with other team members of the specialty pharmacy program.
  • Act as a liaison between the care team and the specialty pharmacy distributors to ensure timely access to medications.
  • Ensure that all patient care follow up is completed timely (lab, assessments, scans, etc.) in accordance with the patient care plan.
  • Develop and maintain safe medication prescribing and dispensing practices in accordance with best practice and most up to date clinical guidelines.
  • Closely measure and track quality assurance measures in their specialty area and report trending datato the pharmacy leadership team.
  • Educates medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff about the management, prescribing and monitoring of oncology therapies including chemotherapy agents.
  • Work in close collaboration with pharmacy medication safety officer to address medication errors and near misses and ensure that system issues resulting in those medication errors are resolved. Develop standard work processes and staff education to address system gaps.
  • Participates in formulary management and review of medication use processes to improve timely delivery of patient care.
  • Assists the Pharmacy Leadership team with management of drug shortages.
  • Work closely with the medical teams and the patient health care providers at their area of specialty to ensure that all medication substitution is therapeutically appropriate during drug shortages.
  • Actively supports reporting of Pharmacy Interventions, Adverse Drug Reactions, and Medication Errors for the institution.
  • Represents Pharmacy Department at assigned institutional committees and provides updates to the Pharmacy Leadership on relevant topics.
  • Participate in pharmacy staff development, including new employee orientation, students, residents and training.
  • Lead quality improvement projects and continuously assess the effectiveness of the program by monitoring performance metrics.
  • Participate in Oncology research and contribute to cancer discoveries and the clinical trials being conducted by investigators and doctors at City of Hope.
Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

Minimum Education:
  • Graduate of ACPE-accredited Pharmacy School.
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY 1) and Specialty Residency (PGY2).
  • At least 5 years of Equivalent experience as a clinical pharmacist in a desired area of specialty may substitute for the required residency.
Req. Certification/Licensure:
  • Current CA Pharmacist License or to obtain license within 90 days of job entry.
  • BLS - American Heart Association or obtain within 3 months of hire date.
Preferred Education/Certification:
  • Pharm D preferred.
  • Board Certification in the area of specialty is required or must be obtained within 3 years of employment.
Preferred Experience:
  • Previous experience as a clinical pharmacy in the specified area for at least 5 years preferred.
Additional Information:
  • Full Time
  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination by September 30, 2021. Compliance is a condition of employment.
City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

  • Posting Date: Oct 1, 2021
  • Job Field: Allied Health
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

Job ID: CityOfHope-10013318-1
Employment Type: Other