Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Patient Aligned Care Team )

Department Of Veterans Affairs Cambridge , OH 43725

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The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) is a licensed pharmacist with a Pharm.D. with a clinical pharmacy residency at an ASHP approved facility in the area of ambulatory care. The CPS is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining effective clinical pharmacy programs by implementing rational cost-effective therapy to improve patient outcomes in Pain Management.

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The incumbent will serve as a clinical pharmacist specializing in drug monitoring and management of therapy. Responsibilities include participation in the program involved with monitoring and management of drug therapies, formulary management, participation in the assigned patient care program's medication needs, provision of education services to staff, students, and patients, the development and management of clinical program such as drug usage evaluation and adverse drug reactions, involvement in medical center committees, polypharmacy, ensuring the effective clinical pharmacy services are provided. The incumbent will also assist with clinical education activities, provide drug information, contribute to MUE activities, provide support to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, as well as other hospital committees when called upon and provide drug information/education to patients. Distributive responsibilities will be incurred in this position when appropriate.

Duties include but not limited to:

A. Clinical

  • Direct Patient Care Activities that require a scope of practice

1.Core functions include patient encounters for comprehensive medication management of complex patients with chronic diseases including, but not limited to, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking cessation, pain management, hepatitis C, and osteoporosis; Urgent or same day face-to-face patient visits including but not limited to patient medication review for polypharmacy, recent hospital discharges, and co-managed care patients.

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 in assigned areas.

B. Clinical

  • Indirect Patient Care Activities

1.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.

2.Obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to the provider as appropriate.

C. Education

1.Participates in self-development activities to maintain and increase professional competence.

2.Participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and other medical center personnel as required.

D. Program Management

1.Willing to serve on medical center and/or VISN committees as requested.

2.Adheres to all medical center and department policies and regulations.

E. Drug Information

1.Serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students. Uses appropriate references to research drug information.

2.Has a good working knowledge of information resources, both written and electronic.

Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday)

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Patient Aligned Care Team )

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.

Travel Required

50% or less

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0660 Pharmacist

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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

  • Must have a valid State Driver's License


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/30/2020.

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.

  • (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).

  • 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.

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

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met.


Experience: The incumbent must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, non-formulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.

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 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.

Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package.


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

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

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

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

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

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.

Physical Requirements:
Most of the work is in a sedentary position. Some walking, bending, and lifting are required. No special physical qualifications are required. Mental/Emotional Requirements:The incumbent of this position will be expected to Understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information; Understand, remember, and communicate routine, factual information; Understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints; Organize and prioritize own work schedule on short-term basis (longer than one month); Organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis; Organize and prioritize work schedules of others on long-term basis; Apply common sense in performing job; Make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations, and services; Understand and follow basic instructions and guidelines; Compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information; Communicate with individuals utilizing a telephone; requires ability to hear and speak effectively on phone; Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, loudly, and quickly; Compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes.

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


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

PLEASE 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 (Patient Aligned Care Team )

Department Of Veterans Affairs