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Job Title: Pharmacist, Medicine/Specialty Care Services
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/09/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
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Job Description
Pharmacist, Medicine/Specialty Care Services

The ideal candidate will serve as a Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) in medicine/specialty care service, including both inpatient specialty consult and/or internal medicine and/or outpatient medicine/specialty clinics, which may include GI, endocrinology, nephrology, pulmonology, neurology, rheumatology, and cardiology clinics or emergency department, as defined by the individual's scope of practice. Serves as an advanced practice provider requiring the highest level of pharmacist clinical privileges with minimal supervision who functions to initiate, modify, discontinue and monitor medication therapy. Primary responsibilities include pharmacotherapy management as specified in the clinical pharmacy specialist's scope of practice, provision of drug information services, serve as a medication consultant to promote rational, evidence-based medication use, patient/family education, precepting of pharmacy residents and students, involvement in medical center committees as assigned, and the development and management of pharmacy programs related to the practice. The CPS may be assigned clinical pharmacy services cross-coverage duties as needed to meet the needs of the medical center.
Clinical Functions include: Medication therapy management as an Advanced Practice Provider within the individual's scope of practice. The CPS provider may initiate, modify and monitor pharmaceutical care plan.

CLINICAL FUNCTIONS. Medication therapy management may be carried out by the following actions by the CPS: 1) make direct changes to medication regiment, 2) monitors and assesses therapeutic and adverse effects of drug therapy 3) Recommendations to responsible provider for adjustments to the medication regiment 4) Referral back to provider or consult request to appropriate specialist when conditions necessitate and are outside the scope for the CPS 5) Education to patients and/or caregiver regarding patient's medical conditions and on proper use and care of their medications.6) The medication treatment plan and therapeutic endpoints will be communicated with the providing team.

Serves as consultant to the other health care providers for intensive medication therapy. Documentation in the medical record of all relevant findings from drug therapy monitoring and management activities in a timely manner (and verbally communicated when necessary for other healthcare professionals who are responsible for patient care in order to increase the effectiveness and minimize potential risks of drug therapy.

EDUCATION. Conducts in-service education programs for physicians, nursing, pharmacy staff and others as assigned. Educates and trains other health care disciplines on the safe, rational and cost-effective use of medications. Participates in the training of pharmacy residents and students.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT: Assist Pharmacy and Medicine Services in accomplishing the mission and goals as related to the provision of pharmaceutical care. Contribute to the development and implementation of Pharmacy or medical center policies to improve drug usage and patient outcomes Support of formulary and medication-related initiatives: i. Develops, implements and monitors formulary management protocols and programs approved by the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. Utilizes these drug management tools to support improved patient care outcomes in a cost-effective manner. ii. Assists with formulary management and rational use of pharmaceuticals. As directed by the Pharmacy Director or supervising Associate Chief, is responsible for constant monitoring of formulary with particular respect to patient-centered, evidence-based, cost-effective care. iii. Evaluates requests for non-formulary and formulary-restricted medications. Ensures timely resolution so as to minimize delays in patient care. In doing so, actively supports the national formulary while balancing patient-specific needs iv. Participate in MUE development, collection and analysis to provide feed-back regarding medication use, thereby ensuring safe and effective drug management. v. Provides information on therapeutic outcomes and cost-saving/cost-avoidance of assigned projects such as drug conversion. When appropriate or instructed, assists with order processing.

CUSTOMER SERVICE Interacts with the internal/external customers in a manner that proactively enhances customer service and satisfaction.

SECURITY: Responsible for physical security of the pharmacy and assuring that all aspects of drug control, drug accountability, and drug security are maximized and are in accordance with local medical center policies and other applicable VA, DEA, State, and Federal regulations.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The incumbent is under the general supervision of the Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Clinical Service.

Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Education. (1) Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. (c) A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. (COPY OF LICENSURE REQUIRED) NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. ??? 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy PGY-2 residency or completion of PGY 1 residency with 1 year of clinical experience that includes functioning under a scope of practice or collaborative practice agreement, or 2 years of clinical experience that includes direct patient care functioning under a scope of practice or collaborative practice agreement which has been within the last 5 years. Certification or qualification to sit for exam by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, CDE, or BC-ADM, OR Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Residency program by July 1, 2018.

GRADE DETERMINATION: GS-13

CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE.

1) Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.

(2) Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination).

(3) Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

Experience: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, candidates must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12 Federal grade level).

Assignments. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

KSA-1: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

KSA-2: Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

KSA-3:Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

KSA-4: Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

KSA-5: Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660. Can be found at following website: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Walking up to 1 hour, standing up to two hours, sitting up to two hours, good distant vision in one eye and ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters are required, glasses permitted; emotional and mental stability. For further information see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Required at time of Application.
License Required
Transcripts Required

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Education. (1) Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. (c) A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. (COPY OF LICENSURE REQUIRED) NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. ???? 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy PGY-2 residency or completion of PGY 1 residency with 1 year of clinical experience that includes functioning under a scope of practice or collaborative practice agreement, or 2 years of clinical experience that includes direct patient care functioning under a scope of practice or collaborative practice agreement which has been within the last 5 years. Certification or qualification to sit for exam by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, CDE, or BC-ADM, OR Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Residency program by July 1, 2018.

GRADE DETERMINATION: GS-13

CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE.

1) Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.

(2) Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination).

(3) Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

Experience: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, candidates must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12 Federal grade level).

Assignments. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

KSA-1: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

KSA-2: Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

KSA-3:Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

KSA-4: Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

KSA-5: Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660. Can be found at following website: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.

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