The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, (Geriatrics) position serves as the expert and consultant to the Chief of Pharmacy Service for medication related issues in the Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and the Geriatric program at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, TN. The principal responsibilities include comprehensive medication management (CMM) provision of drug information services, and the development, coordination, implementation, provision and supervision of clinical pharmacy programs and services for geriatric population. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist supervises all pharmacotherapy provided by team providers to ensure that National Treatment Guidelines are being followed in addition to adherence to National Formulary and local policy. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is an essential is an essential member of the inter-professional team and works with the team to ensure evidence-based pharmacotherapy in their patient population. Directly assists clinicians in rational drug selection by providing written and/or verbal consultation with the rounding geriatrics team or via face to face patient interaction in assigned clinics. Participates in developing criteria for drug utilization evaluations, data collection trending reports, and other quality assurance activities as required to ensure appropriate and safe drug utilization. Actively participates in local, state and national organizations related to the advancement of the pharmaceutical profession. Actively participates in Pharmacy Practice Residency Program in the area of geriatric pharmacology. Responsible for assuring the safety and efficacy of the medication use process in the area assigned by reporting adverse drug effects, medication errors, and other quality issues. Assure that all prescriptions and actions meet proper eligibility criteria on a patient specific basis and the National Formulary and Prior Authorization Drug Review (PADR) procedures are followed. Responsible for therapeutic assessments of patient's overall drug treatment regimens. Serves as an authoritative information source on drugs and their utilization in therapy, with special emphasis on medications used in treatment of the assigned patients. Evaluates the drug literature by analysis of experimental design and methodology, in order to compare and contrast therapeutic regimens and roles for new drugs, with a special emphasis in medications used in referred patients. Establishes and expands the patient data base through interpreting the drug history, medical history, physical examination and ongoing patient specific monitoring of therapy, with documentation in the formal patient medical record. Provides consultation on selection of appropriate therapeutic regimens as a follow-up of non-therapeutic drug concentrations obtained from ambulatory care and inpatients. Manages the medication programs of patients by writing orders for appropriate medications, diagnostic studies, etc., in the patients' medical records, in consultation with the responsible physician. Plans and coordinates clinical educational programs providing training for clinical and staff pharmacists as needed. Provides formal education and training programs in the area of geriatric pharmacology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics and related subjects to physicians, nursing staff and other health care professionals as appropriate. Serves as a faculty adjunct instructor at affiliated institutions with teaching and clerkship responsibilities. Participates in clinical trials and investigation studies as approved by the Institutional Review Board and Research and Development Committee as warranted Serves as preceptor of resident's research projects as assigned. Responsible for coordination and supervision of all pharmacotherapy management activities in geriatrics as assigned. Participates in the appropriate, effective and safe use of pharmaceuticals by contributing to criteria development, data collection and drug use evaluation for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee's Quality Management plan. Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service (the specific tours of duty will be discussed during the interview) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599261900
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