Clinical Pharmacy Specialist / UMMC Transitional Care Center

Baltimore, MD
May 07, 2018
Jun 01, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
What You Will Do:

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

UMMC Transitional Care Center

The goal of the UMMC Transitional Care Program is to assist recently discharged patients with successfully transitioning from UMMC back to their home. The program is designed to assure open, accurate communication and collaboration between the patient and all involved health care providers.

Benefits of Transitional care:
  • Allows patients to better understand and follow discharge instructions
  • Helps patients obtain a better understanding of their medications and how to manage them
  • Assists patients in communicating with their primary care providers about concerns or changes in condition
  • Prevents avoidable hospital readmissions

This program is designed to target vulnerable patients who are at a high-risk for negative post-hospital outcomes. University of Maryland Medical Center is currently seeking a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join our Transitional Care Center, located in Baltimore Maryland near UMMC University Campus.


Under limited supervision, provides a high level of direct patient care pharmacy services for an assigned, specialized patient population to assure adequate patient care according to professional standards and practices. Advises/consults with patients, their families, and the medical and nursing staff. Participates in research and drug use and outcome management programs within specialty area; responsible for publishing data or giving presentations at local, regional or national meetings; instructs and trains pharmacy residents and students; assists in overseeing and directing the clinical services provided by pharmacists. Acts as a mentor to clinical pharmacists. Duties include but not limited to:

Clinical Pharmacy Services

  • Participates in direct patient care with a medical or surgical team.
  • Assists with therapeutic decisions such as drug product selection, drug dosing and therapeutic drug monitoring.
  • Develops patient care plans in concert with the medical team.
  • Recommends therapy or alternative approaches based on interpretation of relevant medical literature and clinical experience.
  • Makes verbal or written recommendations in a clear, succinct and appropriate manner.
  • Considers age, weight and organ function (e.g. renal, hepatic) when evaluating patients and patient’s therapies when making recommendations.
  • Interviews patients and conducts physical assessments to determine medical history, previous medication condition and response to therapy.
  • Interprets laboratory and other patient-specific data to develop treatment plans and to monitor response to therapy.
  • Applies pharmacokinetic principles in order to achieve efficacious, safe and economical pharmaco-therapeutic regimens.
  • Responds to therapeutic queries posed by physicians and other healthcare providers. Identifies and corrects drug-related problems such as complications resulting from drug therapy (ineffective therapy, allergic reactions and adverse drug reactions).
  • Establishes procedures for detecting significant drug-drug, drug-laboratory and drug-food interactions. Makes recommendations to avoid such interactions.
  • Performs basic CPR and participates in drug therapy management during medical emergencies. Ensures a continuum of care by cooperating with other health professionals and outside health organizations. Counsels patients and/or caregiver as to the proper administration, potential adverse reactions, storage of medications, etc.
  • Drug Use, Outcome and Formulary Management

  • Ensures and enforces compliance with established clinical protocols and guidelines with the multidisciplinary care providers.
  • Works with the Coordinator of Drug Use and Outcome Management in identifying and establishing programs that improve drug therapy outcomes (efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness) and overall quality of patient care.
  • Works with the Coordinator of Drug Use and Outcome Management and Formulary Management in implementing and monitoring drug use management programs.
  • Participates in the Medication Use Evaluation Program by designing drug use criteria, collecting patient information, providing accurate analysis and reporting data.
  • Participates with the Coordinator of Drug Use and Outcome Management in clinical pathway development and other related managed care initiatives such as disease management programs.
  • Participates in the formulary management process including development of drug monographs, treatment protocols, drug use policy, algorithms and guidelines for use with the Coordinator of Drug Use and Outcome Management and Formulary Management and within the purview of the P&T Committee.
  • Documents pharmaceutical care interventions conscientiously as part of the departmental documentation program.
  • Staff Development, Education and Training

  • Provides education to physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Expected to obtain clinical faculty appointment at the School of Pharmacy or School of Medicine.
  • Serves as a preceptor for PharmD students, residents and staff. May serve as Program Director of a Residency Program.
  • Attends hospital, medical and pharmacy department conferences and meetings.
  • Actively participates as a presenter in departmental staff development programs. Orients and trains new personnel in assigned areas.
  • Operational Responsibilities/Leadership

  • Provides front-line management of service areas such as unit-based practice models, pharmacy satellites or ambulatory pharmacy settings.
  • Oversees, directs and participates in order entry, preparation, dispensing and distribution of medication in compliance with the operational policies and procedures.
  • Oversees and directs the pharmaceutical care activities of pharmacy technicians.
  • Displays conduct and behaviors that model the mission, vision and values of the pharmacy department.
  • Maintains and complies with established department, state, federal and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and generally accepted pharmacy practice.
  • Participates in Medical Center committees as directed.
  • Models sound organizational and teamwork skills to accomplish departmental and Medical Center goals and objectives.
  • What You Need to Be Successful:

    Education and Experience
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy from a college or university accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is required. Master of Science, PhD or Doctor of Pharmacy from a college or university accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is preferred.
    • Five (5) years of clinical pharmacy experience required with Bachelor’s degree.
    • Current licensure by the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy is required.
    • Completion of an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency, specialty residency or a fellowship; or five years relative clinical experience required. Completion of a PGY2 Residency is preferred.
    • Certification from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties is preferred. If specific practice involves the Anticoagulation Clinic, then certification as an Anticoagulation Provider is preferred.

    We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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