Clinical Pharmacist - Oncology Clinic

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 23753

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Clinical Pharmacist for Oncology Clinic serves as the clinical pharmacy liaison between inpatient and specialty pharmacies, oncology clinic providers, and patients/caregivers. The individual will provide specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes including, but not limited to, advising physicians on issues concerning drug therapy, the inherent toxicity of drugs and their side effects, as well as assisting in the prescription of appropriate doses.


The individual will be responsible maintaining competency in the unique aspects of specialty drug therapy for oncology and blood/marrow transplant patients. The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to this patient population served and support the Director to provide overall leadership in directing the clinical-related specialty pharmacy activities and services.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Develops and maintains a consistent clinical pharmacy practice that provides optimal pharmaceutical support to patients of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in an appropriate, efficacious, safe, and cost-effective fashion.
  • Participates in outpatient clinical rounds at least three times weekly.
  • Reviews patient's pharmacotherapy using the hospital information system (HIS) to ensure that the medications are appropriate in terms of dose, dosage form, route of administration, frequency, duration of therapy, and patient's disease state.
  • Collaborate with prescribers, nurses, and other specialty clinic staff to provide comprehensive clinical pharmacy services to oncology patients and specialty pharmacy patients.
  • Ensures and promotes compliance with institution's Formulary system and other guidelines set forth by the TSC and the Department of Pharmacy.
  • Manage enrollment and onboarding process for new specialty pharmacy patients.
  • Provides pharmacokinetic monitoring to all patients on the team of clinical practice.
  • Participate in the expansion of specialty and ambulatory pharmacy services as needed.
  • Provide education to clinic staff, patients and families, and specialty pharmacy staff regarding the specialty pharmacy service line and pertinent disease states.
  • Assume leadership over specialty medication management within area(s) of specialty practice
  • Oversee Specialty Pharmacy Technicians and PA Coordinators as needed to ensure timely completion and approval of prior authorizations, enrollment in financial assistance programs, and other regular tasks assigned.
  • Initiate and manage prior authorization process for new specialty prescriptions and prospectively

2.Provides drug information and/or presents educational programs to healthcare professionals and patients.

  • Provides appropriate and timely consultative services (DI, pharmacokinetics, etc) to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals regarding drug therapy. Ensures response time to inquiries to be no greater than 24 hours.
  • Provides formal medication counseling and advises patients and family on the use of various medications: name, description, route, dosage form, duration of  therapy,  directions for preparation, administration, use, common side effects, interactions, contraindications, self monitoring, storage, refill information and action to be taken if dose is missed.
  • Utilize patient management software to document all interactions with specialty pharmacy patients and report on outcomes data on a regular basis.
  • Shares participation in 24/7 on call service with other specialty pharmacists.
  • Contributes to education and training of all pharmacy staff members.  Serves as preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.  Participates in the training of students from the College of Pharmacy.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

3. Along with the pharmacy supervisor, participates in clinic and departmental Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.   Utilizes the principals of continuous quality improvement to analyze, and resolve problems in a systematic manner.  

  • Assists in maintaining records and statistics required to monitor and evaluate clinical pharmacy activities and effectiveness in accomplishing its stated objectives, (consults, interventions etc.)
  • Participates in the drug use evaluation process in their clinical areas as needed to ensure that the medication is appropriate in terms of dose, dosage form, route of administration, frequency, duration of therapy, patient's disease state and cost effectiveness.
  • Participates in Adverse Drug Event reporting, investigation, monitoring and follow up, including adverse drug reactions and medication error reports.
  • Analyzes and evaluates continuously, the quality of service, and develops plans necessary to correct any deficiencies identified
  • Participate in research/publications related to respective specialty pharmacy practice areas

4. Achieve patient safety and satisfaction through the use of lean principles: 5S, Elimination of Waste, Standard Work, Quality

  • Promote and Comply with Standardized Procedures.
  • Promote and Comply with Standard Work.
  • Identify “waste” in ownership process and recommend solutions for implementation.
  • Correct abnormal conditions.  ​​​​​​​

5. Participates in and contributes to regularly scheduled or Ad Hoc Medical Staff/Nursing/Pharmacy Committee Meetings on a monthly basis.  For  Example: Clinic Based Committees

  • Therapeutic Standards Committee
  • Drug Use Evaluation Subcommittee
  • Formulary Subcommittee
  • ADR/Medication Error Subcommittees
  • RCA/FMEA Ad hoc Committee

6. Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel to provide departmental flexibility to patient care needs including those for emergency situations.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Licensed Pharm (90 Days)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy

Required Experience: PGY1 Residency

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: PGY2 Residency

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of drugs, medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, diagnosis and disease states.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with various members of the health care teams.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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