The Pharmacist, Oncology Specialist will be responsible for the overseeing and coordinating of the institution's mission as it relates to the clinical use of oncology medications. The Pharmacist, Oncology Specialist shall serve as a liaison between the inpatient Oncology unit, the Cancer Center and the Pharmacy Department.
Responsibilities Compounding, labeling and dispensing of oncology drugs to both Inpatients and Outpatients of The University of Vermont Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (UVMHN CVPH). Establishes oncology drug preparation protocols and is an oncology drug information specialist. Maintains oncology drug inventory and consults with medical staff and nursing staff regarding dosing and drug administration.
Provides patient counseling regarding oncology drugs and prescribing regimens. Maintains accurate logs for drugs received through protocols and patient indigent programs. Prepares presentation of new chemotherapy agents and cancer-related agents for pharmacy Committee upon request.
Provides clinical assessment of responses to pharmacological intervention upon request.
Participates in the dosing and checking of dose calculations for chemotherapy agents. Provides supervision of Pharmacy technicians, interns, and students regarding oncology drug services.
Provides care to the Neonate through Geriatric patient population and is able to: state age specific needs related to medication dose form; modify medication dosage needs related to patient age and clinical condition using available age specific medication references; clarify medication orders with physicians, nursing staff, and patient care providers based on age specific patient needs and clinical conditions. Work with Social Worker obtaining pre-authorizations for drugs. Reviews daily chemotherapy during charges with administration charges for accuracy.
In-services Fitzpatrick Cancer Center staff on new chemotherapy agents. Acts a resource/inservice to R5 staff. Acts as a resource for pain management for both in and out patients when consults.
Monitors drug therapy for oncology patients to ensure efficacious, safe and cost effective drug therapy Oversees storage, record keeping and dispensing of all oncology medications including investigational oncology medications Is responsible for the handling and disposition of hazardous materials used in the cancer center according to the guidelines established by the various regulatory agencies (OSHA, NIOSH, NYS-EPA). Assures oncology medications are used correctly in "off-label-use" situations. Review nursing administration charges to assure compliance with medication documentation. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications
Bachelor's of Science (BS) Pharmacy and New York State (NYS) Registered Pharmacist required. Hospital experience as an Oncology Pharmacist preferred.
Computer knowledge preferred. American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Board Certification or Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP or BCBP) is preferred. Must have developed an area of personal clinical practice in Oncology.
A minimum of two (2) years postgraduate experience in direct patient care in an Oncology setting or an oncology specialty Residency required. Ability to effectively communicate required. Membership and active participation in professional pharmacy and oncology organizations is expected.
As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.
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