MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis-caring for the whole person-MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer, and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.
Responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of research pharmaceutical services at GUH. Coordinates all aspects of pharmaceutical needs for patients participating in investigational protocols and receiving chemotherapeutic and non-chemotherapeutic agents including but not limited to: implementation and distribution of medication order and investigational drugs, devices, and biologics order; provide assurance of appropriate dose, route, frequency and duration of therapy; review patient medication profiles for drug-drug interactions, duplication of therapy, drug allergy interactions and appropriate regimens; coordinate patients' pharmaceutical needs with physicians and nurses. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
Graduate of an ACPE - accredited School of Pharmacy with a B.S. degree, Master's, or Pharm. D. degree
Minimum of two to four years as a research/investigational drug services pharmacist. Some supervisory experience is preferred.
Current DC license as a Pharmacist or eligible for licensure by examination or reciprocity.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates delivery of pharmaceutical care with staff in the centralized and decentralized pharmacy areas
Coordinates training of new employees, residents, and students
Prepares and assists with administration of employee performance evaluations
Counsels staff on their performance and provides documentation of exemplary and unsatisfactory work performance at time of occurrence
Maintains appropriate staffing levels by examining workload indicators
Provide appropriate staffing assistance as the need arises
Participate in the development and implementation of changes in the satellite's workflow
Participates in the selection, development, and training of technicians and pharmacists
Coordinates and participates in research sponsor visits and in study initiation processes
Ensures that appropriate inventory levels are maintained for all pharmaceutical agents
Ensures that protocols are approved by the IRB before the drugs, devices, or biologics are dispensed to patients
Meets with investigators, sponsors, and study coordinators to evaluate compliance to protocols, regulatory agencies regulations, and institutional guidelines
Ensures that the processing, dispensing and preparation of chemotherapy agents follow all applicable MGUH policies
Ensures that the pharmacy satellites are following all sponsors, TJC, regulatory and licensing agencies, National Cancer Institute (NCI), and departmental requirements
Proactively seeks solutions to patient problems encountered both inside and outside of the department
Serves as the department's liaison and maintains strict confidentiality of patients or study participants, visitors, and employee information
Implement Vestigo electronic tracking system to maintain and track investigational drug research including other facilities to be compliant with the FDA
Monitors the accuracy of drugs and biologics preparation and administration, programming of drug administration devices (infusion devices), and other devices
Ensures that accurate perpetual inventories and dispensing records are maintained for all protocols
Performs patient education activities in conjunction with nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals
Detects, reports, and manages adverse drug/biologic reactions
Ensures that drugs, biologics, and devices are stored under required conditions
Dispenses drugs, biologics, and devices pursuant to a principal investigator's /physician's orders according to the laws and regulations as defined by the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and the Georgetown University Medical Center drug/biologic/device distribution policies
Participates in the quality improvement and medication use review activities of the department
Participates in distributive pharmacy services to include filing and checking of medications and investigational drugs
Participates in the training and orientation of students and volunteers
Participates in the development and presentation of orientation, education, and training programs to the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other hospital staff
Sustains professional competence by completing all competence / skills assessment requirements; promotes development through participation in in-services, workshops, seminars, and professional organizations
Performs personnel management functions for the designated area to include, but not limited to; interviewing, hiring, scheduling, coaching, counseling, evaluating, and terminating employees as delegated by or with the Department Head's approval.
Plans, provides, and evaluates orientation, training, continuing education programs or other opportunities for learning as delegated for the department and other hospital staff.
Participates in monitoring and controlling assigned operational and capital budgets within administrative guidelines.
Exemplifies Guest and Staff Relations and holds departmental staff accountable for conformity with the standards in all activities.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and is not to be considered as all inclusive.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.