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Job Title: Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist)(INFECTIOUS DISEASES)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist)(INFECTIOUS DISEASES)

Specific duties and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:

- Coordinating the Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in close coordination with the Infectious Disease section physicians and staff;

- Achieving optimization of rational and cost-effective drug therapy;

- Designing a therapeutic plan or regimen, to include choice of medication, dosage and therapeutic endpoints, based on patient-specific information and using accepted pharmacokinetic concepts and pharmacodynamic principles;

- Evaluating drug literature by analysis of experimental design and review of data, in order to compare and

contrast therapeutic regimens and to establish the role of new agents;

- Recognizing and listing important medical problems, disease states, symptoms and abnormal findings from a verbal or written patient presentation of symptoms, signs laboratory tests, and diagnoses;

- Instructing patients on the appropriate use of their medications;

- Participating in the clinical education and training program for the infectious disease experience for the ASH P-accredited, post-PharmD. Pharmacy Practice and Infectious Disease Residency Programs;

- Designing and implementing interdisciplinary programs in education, research, training and/or clinical practice with facility medical and nursing staff;

- Designing, securing funding, implementing and reporting findings for independent research in the area of Infectious Diseases therapeutics and other areas of pharmacotherapy;

- Working to develop, upgrade and disseminate acceptable criteria for use of hepatitis C, antiretroviral agents and other high-cost items to ensure rational use without compromising quality of patient care;

- Monitoring budget expenditures for non-formulary anti-infective and other selected high-cost items, analyzing data for usage trends, and offering proposed action plans to address areas of excessive or questionable use;

- Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

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 - Must be a 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; YOU MUST SUBMIT A LEGIBLE COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT WITH YOUR APPLICATION *** 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.- Licensure - Must possess a 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; 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.
Preferred Experience: Completion of PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency Programs.

Grade Determinations: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience may 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 patients medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication -related problems;
  • taking health and medication histories;
  • performing medication reconciliation;
  • assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Additionally, candidates must demonstrate the following:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 Ibs); moderate carrying (15-44 Ibs); pushing (3 hrs); walking (3 hrs); standing (3 hrs); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); and mental and emotional stability.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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 - Must be a 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; YOU MUST SUBMIT A LEGIBLE COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT WITH YOUR APPLICATION *** 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.- Licensure - Must possess a 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; 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.
Preferred Experience: Completion of PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency Programs.

Grade Determinations: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience may 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 patients medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication -related problems;
  • taking health and medication histories;
  • performing medication reconciliation;
  • assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Additionally, candidates must demonstrate the following:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 Ibs); moderate carrying (15-44 Ibs); pushing (3 hrs); walking (3 hrs); standing (3 hrs); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); and mental and emotional stability.
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