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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - ORH Pain Management

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Saint Louis , MO 63150

Posted 4 months ago

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The VA St. Louis Health Care System is currently recruiting for one (1) Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, ORH Pain Management for the Pharmacy Service Line. The incumbent will serve as pain care clinical pharmacy specialist, including both inpatient specialty consult and/or outpatient clinics as defined by the individual's scope of practice.

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Clinical Functions

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 plans.

  • Prescribed or recommended therapeutic drug regimens will be patient-centered; based on published treatment guidelines, evidence-based medicine, patient factors, and formulary issues, following sound medical and pharmaceutical practices; and consider risk versus benefit and cost versus benefit.

Medication therapy management may be carried out by the following actions by the CPS:

  • Make direct changes to medication regimen (eg. initiation, dose adjustment, deletions)

  • Serve as a consultant to other health care providers for intensive medication therapy management services.

  • Serves as the pharmacist in controlled substances/pain management in inpatient and outpatient patient focused groups.


  • Conducts in-service education programs for physicians, nursing, pharmacy staff and others as assigned.

  • The incumbent is responsible for providing the medical center's staff with accurate, comprehensive information about drugs and their use.

  • Educates and trains other health care disciplines (e.g., house staff, nurses, dietetics) on the safe, rational, and cost-effective use of medications.

  • Provides general educational programs for staff and patient-specific evaluation and recommendations.

  • Serves as a specialist in the provision of pharmaceutical care to our patients with particular emphasis on pain management for rural veterans.

Administrative and Organizational Support

  • Assist Pharmacy and the clinical services (medicine, surgery, primary care) in accomplishing the mission and goals as related to the provision of pharmaceutical care.

  • Contribute to medical center committees when assigned to provide thoroughly investigated, unbiased, well-documented medication-related information.

Customer Service

  • Exhibits courtesy, tact, cooperation, and respect for veterans, their families, visitors, and other staff at all times.

  • Interacts with the internal/external customers in a manner that proactively enhances customer service and satisfaction. Advocates and reinforces the importance and value of customer service.

  • Demonstrate the ability to adjust to change or work pressure in a pleasant manner, handle differences of opinion in a businesslike fashion, follow instructions conscientiously, be receptive to constructive feedback, and to function as a member helping the group effort when possible

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00 am

  • 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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


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 an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. degree. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy). TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED (2)Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF FPGEC CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE

  • 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CURRENT LICENSE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE

  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience: Completion of a PGY-2 pharmacy residency and/or relevant clinical experience within the last 3 years. Other preferred credentials include Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties certification or other recognized advanced level certification.

Grade Determinations: GS-13

Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. 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 population management, 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. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

  • Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy.

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

  • Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

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

Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of 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.

(4) 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012, VA Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements:
Position involves lifting and/or carrying up to 50 pounds, 1 hour a day and intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, pushing, simple grasping, fine manipulation (includes keyboarding), reaching above the shoulder, operating machinery and some contact with chemicals, solvents, etc.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - ORH Pain Management

Expired Job

Department Of Veterans Affairs