Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.
About the Job
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist works collaboratively with other health care providers to provide patient-centered care, with the goal of providing evidence-based, cost-effective pharmacotherapy for Lahey Health patients. The scope and nature of patient care services provided will depend on the practice setting, but typically would include active involvement in interdisciplinary patient care activities, pharmacotherapy consultation, medication therapy monitoring, provision of drug information, education to both health care providers and patients, and guideline development and implementation. Additionally, the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist assists with the continued development and promotion of clinical pharmacy services by participating in pharmacy staff, resident and student education, as well as support the safe and effective use of medication through Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee involvement.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:
Quality Focused Activities:
- Promote Pharmacy involvement in the collaborative care of Lahey Health Patients.
- Promote Lahey Health through participation in professional organizations or meetings and conferences.
- Utilize practice management skills to maintain cohesive, cost-efficient and productive care of patients and relationships with other clinicians.
- Participate in formulary management and review of medication use processes through involvement in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
- Participate in the development and implementation of evidence based treatment guidelines, order sets and protocols through involvement in the Standing Orders Committee.
- Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams, which may include collaborative drug therapy management agreements with other health care providers per policy, where applicable.
- Develop and participate in programs focused on optimizing patients’ therapeutic outcomes.
- Document interventions and outcomes related to medication therapy management activities in pharmacy and electronic medical record systems.
- Provide drug information and education to health care providers and patients/caregivers
- Participate in the education and development of pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students. Act as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and as a project advisor in area of expertise or as appropriate..
- Provide support for the pharmacy newsletter through written articles and promotion of publication.
- Obtain, within the first year of employment, immunization training certification , and participate in immunization programs targeting patients and employees.
- Obtain, within the first year of employment, basic life support (BLS) certification, and maintain such certification throughout employment..
- If not Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) certified upon employment, obtain Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy or specialty area of practice (if available through BPS) within the next 2 consecutive annual testing cycles after eligibility to obtain such certification (3 consecutive annual testing cycles if hired after May 1), and maintain such certification throughout employment. If certification lapses during employment, recertification is required within the next annual testing cycle.
- Complies with all Lahey Clinic Foundation policies.
- Pledges annually to Lahey Health System and Lahey Clinic Foundation standards of behavior and incorporates Lahey Clinic guiding principles and mission statement into daily activities.
- Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.
- Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
- Demonstrates an understanding of job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
- Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our donors, prospective donors, patients and other stakeholders and consistently adheres to our Office of Philanthropy and Clinic-wide service protocols and standards.
- Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
- Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.
- Performs other duties in support of the organization as required or directed.
This position involves participation on rounds with both the inpatient neurosciences intensive care unit and cross coverage with the trauma/surgical intensive care unit multidisciplinary teaching services respectively.
Our inpatient neurocritical care population ranges from patients with status epilepticus, TBI and spinal cord injury to cerebrovascular disease including acute ischemic stroke, intraparenchymal hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The service is run by 5 neurocritical care attending physicians and a team of advanced practice providers and takes Lahey and Tufts neurology residents, Lahey anesthesia residents and Tufts medical students on rotation. The neurosciences ICU is currently 8 beds with planned expansion to 12 ICU beds with 6 progressive care unit beds.
Our inpatient trauma surgical critical care population includes a 24 bed unit with 18 beds for trauma, acute care surgery, neurosurgery, colorectal, transplant, orthopedic, plastic, ENT and vascular surgery and 6 beds for cardiothoracic surgery. The service is run by anesthesia and trauma surgery attendings and takes Lahey and Tufts anesthesia residents and Lahey general surgery and urology residents, as well as a Tufts medical on rotation.
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is a 335-bed academic medical center, level I trauma center, comprehensive stroke center and a primary teaching affiliate of the Tufts University School of Medicine. It is also home to more than 10 medical and residency fellowship programs.
The Department of Pharmacy at Lahey Hospital and Medical center supports dozens of pharmacists in a hybrid decentralized-specialist model. The department also supports 5 PGY1 pharmacy residents who are able to choose a 5-week inpatient surgical or medical ICU rotation to fulfill a critical care rotation requirement. As a new ICU, the neurocritical care unit will serve as an elective rotation of which the specialist would serve as the primary preceptor for. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist also has the ability to precept residents longitudinally in research or medication use evaluation, in addition to the opportunity for the specialist to perform their own original research projects with access to Redcap as a Tufts School of Medicine teaching hospital.
Must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy.
Certification to administer immunizations (immunization certification) must be obtained within 12 months.
Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) certification in Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy or specialty area of practice (if available through BPS) obtained within the next 2 consecutive annual testing cycles after eligibility for such certification.
Licensure, Certification & Registration:
Must possess MA pharmacist license in good standing at time of hire .
Requires a minimum of 2 years experience functioning as a clinical pharmacist in the area of practice or completion of a pharmacy residency focused in the area of practice, as well a working knowledge of all basic aspects of health system pharmacy.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
Requires analytical skills to evaluate the appropriateness of drug therapy including the patient assessment, drug therapy monitoring, and pharmacotherapy principles in resolution of patient care problems related to medication therapy management and making drug therapy recommendations. Requires strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with all members of the healthcare team effectively to provide patient centered care.
Beth Israel Lahey Health is an integrated system providing patients with better care wherever they are. Care informed by world-class research and education. We are doctors and nurses, technicians and social workers, innovators and educators, and so many others. All with a shared vision for what healthcare can and should be. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities in which we work and serve. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels and offer competitive salaries and benefits.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.