Requisition #: 214348
Title: CLIN PHARMACIST
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center
Posting Date: 05/13/2021
Shift: 1st shift
Union: Non- Union
Shift Length: Primarily evening shifts (12-830p or 1:30-10p)
some rotation to day shift; weekend/holiday rotation required; on
call required as assigned
Mass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is part of the
UMass Memorial Health Care system. Serving northern central
Massachusetts, we are committed to improving the health of people
through excellence in care and comprehensive health services.
Promoting healthy lifestyle habits, we serve as a role model by
having a tobacco and smoke free campus and hiring nicotine free
employees. By exploring careers with us, you are committed to
giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone
working on our HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Care Team. Whatever
your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital
you can make a difference.
I. Position Summary:
The Clinical Pharmacist assumes a primary responsibility and
accountability for the provision of safe and effective drug therapy
and other pharmaceutical care services intended to achieve outcomes
related to the cure, diagnosis or prevention of disease,
elimination or reduction of patient's symptoms, or arresting or
slowing of a disease process, and improve a patient's quality of
life in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team. Also, the
Clinical Pharmacist assists the Director, Pharmacy with all aspects
of medication management and pharmacy operations including clinical
services, distributive functions, and ensuring compliance with all
regulatory and accrediting body requirements (TJC, DPH, FDA, etc.).
Additionally, the Clinical Pharmacist coordinates the oral and
written consultation with other health care professionals regarding
drug therapy selection and management; and develops patient
specific drug therapy management plans and therapeutic
II. Major Responsibilities:
Job duties specific to this position:
Assumes a primary role and responsibility and accountability for
the provision of safe and effective drug therapy and other
pharmaceutical care services intended to achieve outcomes related
to the cure, diagnosis or prevention of disease, elimination or
reduction of patient's symptoms, or arresting or slowing of a
disease process, and improve a patient's quality of life in
collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.
Evaluates, resolves, and documents, according to established
policies and procedures, potential drug therapy problems identified
through any and all available sources, including any pharmacy
Develops individual dosing regimens based on pharmacokinetic
principles, medication history, age and disease state. Monitors and
assesses the outcome of drug therapies including physical
assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic
Provides advanced pharmacology and therapeutic consultation on
formal and informal basis concerning medication management to other
Develops, plans, coordinates, and documents clinical pharmacy
services in respective area of practice.
Monitors patients for appropriate laboratory monitoring
parameters, drug-drug interactions and co-morbidities, duplication
of therapy, medication side effects, and appropriate dosing
regimens, absence of essential medication, drug allergies, and
occurrence of adverse events in order to implement and/or recommend
Confers with medical personnel concerning care and treatment of
patient's related clinical diagnosis, drug combinations and dosage
forms, and other factors that might influence the course of
treatment and the activity of the drugs, including drug
identification, suggests changes in drug therapy and/or use, as
Interviews patients to obtain information regarding drug use,
drug allergies and sensitivities, documents the information in the
patient's medical record or pharmacy information system, advises
patient on significant precautions, proper drug therapy and
administration, the use of related devices, and the coordination of
drug therapy with diet, according to established policies and
Actively seeks information to understand health care
professional and patient circumstances, problems, expectations, and
needs. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds
quickly to meet patient needs and resolves problems.
Provides input for planning and implementing pharmacotherapy
related issues characterized by education, program management, and
clinical practice such as assisting with the development of
pharmacy educational programs.
Participates in developing criteria for safe and effective
medication use as well as monitor the compliance with established
criteria and other quality improvement programs such as the
Medication Use Committee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Committee (P & T).
Evaluates clinical trending reports and other quality assurance
activities as indicated to ensure appropriate and safe drug
utilization; organizes, designs, and conducts drug utilization
Oversees dispensing and distribution of pharmacy related
products according to legal requirements, established policies and
procedures and acceptable professional practices.
Documents responsibility by signing or initialing prescriptions,
batch sheets or other forms according to established policies and
procedures for controlled substances, non-controlled substances,
compounds, patient specific IV's, chemotherapy and TPN
Maintains competency in the preparation of patient specific
IV's, chemotherapy, and TPN solutions.
Accepts the responsibility for resolving operational problems,
in the absence of, or as assigned by, supervision, such as
resolving professional problems related to the interpretation of
prescriptions, drug furnishing irregularities, service complaints
and technical problems such as equipment needs and drug
procurement, etc, according to established policies and
Provides direction to pharmacy technicians, students and other
personnel assuring all operational and distribution tasks are
completed. Makes suggestions and answers questions.
Check equipment used to prepare and dispense medications for
proper functioning, report deficiencies to appropriate
Regulatory and Compliance Responsibilities
Maintains confidentiality of patient records and medical center
information at all times.
Applies knowledge of the standards related to distribution and
control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. This includes, but is
not limited to, the standards established by DEA, DPH, FDA, and
Maintains records of drugs and controlled substances as required
by federal and state law.
Maintains records pertinent to the purchase and control of
narcotics and alcohol, following established procedures.
General Pharmacist Responsibilities
Resolves professional and clerical problems.
Orients new employees to assigned duties as needed.
Trains employees in new procedures and techniques and checking
their work for errors and adherence to established policies and
Continuously updates knowledge and skills of self and other
health care professionals to maintain, improve and document
competency. Keeps current in all aspects of pharmacy practice.
Participates in and/or leads training and learning
Participates in the team approach to quality improvement to
support the Pharmacy Department's commitment to the philosophy and
principles of Total Quality. Actively participates in department
and interdisciplinary teams to resolve problems and improve
Maintains current licensure.
Meets established productivity standards.
Facilitates and promotes the sharing of knowledge and content
Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy
the UMass Memorial Health System True North.
The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of
HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and serve as a role model for CARES
Adheres to change control processes.
Participates in cross training to optimize department
Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a
variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to
all internal and external customers.
Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps
others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful
Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and
Behavior Standards and dress code.
Complies with established environment of care/safety policies
and procedures and all health and safety requirements.
Maintains and fosters an organized, clean and safe work
Contributes to the development and application of process
Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and
colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group's
achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work
Attends staff meetings and in-service programs as required or
directed. Keeps current with hospital and unit changes by reading
communication boards and/or books, bulletin boards, posted notices
and reads and responds to e mails on a regular basis.
Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the
efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.
Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and
Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required
Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.
Complies with all health and safety regulations and
Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in
maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility
and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.
Performs other similar and related duties as required or
All responsibilities are essential job functions.
III. Position Qualifications:
- Significant general clinical knowledge as well as specific
expertise in area of practice.
- Ability to integrate clinical services, distributive services,
education, and research activities.
- Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control
of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. This includes, but is not
limited to, the standards established by DEA, DPH, FDA, and
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in
- Excellent interpersonal skills, especially related to health
care colleagues of all levels and disciplines.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.
Graduate of an accredited School of Pharmacy with a B.S. in
Pharmacy or Pharm.D. Degree is required.
Minimum of two years' experience with clinical hospital pharmacy
experience is highly preferred.
Completion of an ASHP accredited residency is preferred.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, ETC.:
Current Pharmacist licensure in state of Massachusetts.