Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Anticoagulation

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 153463-1A
Date Posted: Mar 14, 2019

Job Description

Welcome To

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center  is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.


DAYS, 32 hours per week

About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


Position Summary:  The Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist works Under the direct supervision of the Anti-Coagulation Program Manager and the general supervision of the Administrative Director and Anticoagulation Program Medical Director, the Anticoagulation pharmacist will be instrumental in facilitating the safe and effective use of anticoagulation therapy at Lahey Clinic.  Critical elements of this position include providing patient, staff and provider education; performing therapeutic monitoring for efficacy and safety; evaluating for potential drug interaction; making recommendations regarding appropriate dosage adjustment; and effectively communicating to patients, families and other members of the healthcare team.  In collaboration with other anticoagulation team members, the Anticoagulation Program Clinical Pharmacist will participate in the development, maintenance and direction of the Thrombosis Service; ensure appropriate, complete and accurate documentation in the Patient's Medical Record; perform the daily operations including data collection and analysis, and identifying performance improvement opportunities.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

1)       Clinically reviews anticoagulation medication orders to identify patients receiving therapeutic doses of anticoagulation medications.  Assessment should include, appropriate drug selection, medication allergy, dose, route of administration, indication for anticoagulation, relevant laboratory results, therapeutic duplication, drug interactions and age of patient.

2)        Intervenes with appropriate health care professional when necessary, and documents clinical interventions consistent with departmental policy.

3)       Appropriately enters dosing recommendations and other pertinent communications regarding the anticoagulation therapy into the Patient’s Medical Record. 

4)       Provides clinical guidance related to anticoagulation therapy to Nurses, physicians, Interns, medical students, and other members of the health care team.  Participates in the Pharmacy Residency program as a clinical preceptor. 

5)       Provides anticoagulation drug information to medical staff and patients upon request or when need is apparent.  Documents request into the intervention database in accordance with departmental policy

6)       Responsible for day-to-day evaluation of patients on anticoagulation therapy to identify patients requiring close monitoring, evaluation of drug-drug interactions, monitoring of therapeutic lab results and communicating recommended adjustments to therapy to the appropriate provider managing the patient’s care.

7)       Responsible for understanding and utilizing all technology to accomplish the above.

8)       Serves as a liaison between the Anticoagulation Department and any health care provider

9)       Pharmacists are responsible for their own professional development including, meeting all requirements for continuing education, keeping abreast of current professional literature, both from a clinical and medication safety perspective.  Pharmacists are expected to participate in select pharmacy department activities such as the clinical staff meeting and clinical conferences.

10)    Actively participates in continuous performance improvement activities of the department, including providing suggestions on how to improve day-to-day operations

11)    Performs assigned projects in a efficient and timely manner

12)    Demonstrates competency in all practice areas in which Anticoagulation Pharmacist duties are performed.  Has completed all required departmental competency requirements.

13)    Incorporates Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles, Mission Statement and Goals  into daily activities. 

14)    Complies with all Lahey Clinic Policies.

15)    Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.

16)    Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

17)    Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

18)    Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

19)    Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

20)    Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

21 ) Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department 



Minimum Qualifications:


Education:  Must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy with current Massachusetts registration in Pharmacy


Licensure, Certification, Registration: 

  • Must posses a valid MA pharmacist license


  • Completion of an accredited residency program or board certification or 6 months experience functioning as a clinical pharmacist in the area of practice. PGY2 in Cardiology/Anticoagulation preferred. 


Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Strong baseline knowledge of anticoagulant management is preferred. This position requires analytical skills to evaluate the appropriateness of drug therapy including the use of patient assessment, drug therapy monitoring techniques, and pharmacotherapy principles in resolution of patient care problems related to medication therapy management and making recommendations on drug therapy.