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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Oncology Clinical Pharmacist)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: North Las Vegas
Posted on: December 7, 2018

Job Description:

  • Works collaboratively with providers and the interdisciplinary team to provide appropriate pharmaceutical care to oncology patients (hospital and ambulatory care settings) and optimizes patient care outcomes by actively reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, appropriate monitoring (e.g. laboratory), and therapeutic outcomes per best evidence, up-to-date clinical guidelines or primary literature, and/or VHA and/or local published guidelines.
  • Serves as a knowledgeable drug therapy expert in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and clinical treatment guidelines for oncology related therapies by routinely reviewing literature to for up-to-date evaluation of efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of therapies for patient care, and provides timely and professional information, interventions, and/or recommendations for the providers, interdisciplinary team, trainees, and patient and/or family members.
  • Manages the formulary and reviews and evaluates prior authorization and restricted drug consults for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria, and, if appropriate, communicates alternative recommendations to treatment plans to providers for oncology patients based on established guidelines and/or criteria.
  • Documents clinical interventions and drug information responses accurately and timely in CPRS in professional manner (e.g., drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, patient adherence, alternative therapy recommendations, ongoing therapy monitoring) according to VHA, local and/or Pharmacy Service procedures.
  • Serves as an effective preceptor for trainees (e.g. pharmacy students and residents), and contributes and supports in the development, enhancement and operation of training programs (e.g. pharmacy residency and student training programs). Participates in activities that promotes interdisciplinary training, in-servicing and/or collaborative research among medical staff, nursing staff, pharmacy staff, trainees, and/or other allied health professionals.

    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: 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement in the graduate is 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 for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (IAW 38 USC 7402(f)).

      Must pass pre-employment physical

      Must be proficient in spoken and written English

      Preferred Experience:

      Doctor of Pharmacy degree

      Grade Determinations: GS-13: One year of Specialized Experience described above and for which is equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Service

      References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G-15, Pharmacist Qualification Standards

      Physical Requirements:

      Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Pulling hand over hand (3 hours); Pushing (5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Kneeling (4 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
      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: 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:

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