Practices as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the assigned area at the highest level of approved scope of practice. The CPS oversees pharmacotherapy to ensure that national treatment guidelines are being followed in addition to adherence to national formulary and local policies.
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Oversees pharmacy service programs to facilitate investigational drug therapy and maintain a superior quality of research services. Maintains compliance with all VA and FDA regulations including VHA 1108.04 Investigational Drugs and Supplies, VHA Handbook 1200.5, Requirements for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research, and The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21.
Serves as a member of research committees including IRB, R&D, and Protocol Review Subcommittee. Responsible for all facets of investigational drug management. Acts as principal or other investigator in research or quality improvement projects.
Submits manuscripts for publication. Serves as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Oncology and reviews/verifies orders and chemotherapy preparations. Provides medication management services to Oncology patients under scope of practice.
Preceptor for pharmacy residents and students. Updates and develops SOPs in area of practice.
Provides education and in-services to staff.
Work Schedule: Full-time, Hours of duty can include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, GS-0660; FS 04713-A
This position is covered by the bargaining unit.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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
English: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
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.
(2) Graduate of foreign pharmacy degree program that meets the educational requirement if 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. 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.
Grade Determinations: GS-13
Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).
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 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:
a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
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.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55, PART II APPENDIX G15, GS-0660, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting, and using dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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