University of Utah Health Care Clinical Pharmacist - Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) *residency/fellowship strongly preferred* in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

Overview:

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This pharmacist will join an established Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) and co-lead the program with the ASP Medical Director. This position will provide the opportunity to further develop and expand the existing ASP. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist will serve as a clinical resource to providers and nurses as well as the Department of Pharmacy Services. The ASP Pharmacist in conjunction with the stewardship team will identify opportunities to improve antimicrobial prescribing, implement stewardship interventions and track and evaluate the impact of these interventions for patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The primary focus of the position is Antimicrobial Stewardship; however, the pharmacist will be responsible for providing back-up coverage to Infectious Disease Pharmacists and their areas of clinical responsibilities. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: oversee and coordinate patient and staff clinical education; coordinate Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee activities as related to the ASP; provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care in the inpatient and outpatient setting through integrated patient assessment and monitoring, drug distribution, clinical services, research, and teaching; and actively support the hospital’s and department’s continuous quality improvement and customer service goals individually and as an effective team member.

The following outlines the responsibilities that are included but are not limited to the following functions.

  • Develop inpatient and outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in conjunction with the Medical Director.

  • Maintain existing protocols for approval of restricted antimicrobials, prospective audit and feedback of broad-spectrum antimicrobials and optimizing use of infectious diseases rapid diagnostics.

  • Develop new protocols and manage antimicrobial stewardship projects and initiatives.

  • Analyze antimicrobial utilization data and other program outcome data and prepare and present reports.

  • Mentor front line pharmacists regarding optimal infectious diseases care and antimicrobial stewardship.

  • Participate in departmental and interdisciplinary committees to improve patient safety, therapeutic outcomes, and cost savings.

  • Be responsible for the care of patients as well as the development of effective, professional relationships within the multidisciplinary team.

  • Design and provide effective in-service education for physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and other practitioners on antimicrobial use issues.

This position will strongly prefer candidates with PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Fellowship, or prior antimicrobial stewardship experience (minimum 2 years experience)

Responsibilities:

  • Solves problems in the medication use process for patients and the organization.

  • Identifies and engages in organizational and department quality improvement activities to improve patient care, medication use process, and pharmacy operations.

  • Educates and trains residents, students, interns, colleagues and other health care professionals as well as supervises technicians, residents, interns, or trainees in their job tasks.

  • Responsible for the medication use process of preparing and dispensing medications following medication use policy and all laws, regulations, and standards applicable to pharmacy practice.

  • Assesses appropriate drug information and literature resources, and provides effective information to varied audiences including patients, other health care professions, and peers.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

  • Ability and willingness to train department trainees (eg students, residents, new staff).

  • Ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

Qualifications:

Qualifications

Required

  • Advanced degree (PharmD or MS) or equivalent clinical practice experience.

  • Demonstrated human relation, effective communication, and computer literacy skills.

  • Additional qualifications may be required depending on area the pharmacist is primarily assigned to work. Examples of additional qualifications could include basic or advanced life-support training, residency training, or certifications.

Licenses Required

  • Current licensure to dispense controlled substances in the State of Utah.

  • Current Pharmacist license in the State of Utah (Obtain within 90 days of starting residency)

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred):

Preferred

  • This position will strongly prefer candidates with PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Fellowship, or prior antimicrobial stewardship experience (minimum 2 years experience)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves light work that may exert up to 20 pounds and may consistently require light work involving lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects. This position involves standing for extended periods of time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Physical Requirements:

Color Determination, Listening, Near Vision, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Requisition Number 24143

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Per program needs

Location Name University of Utah Hospital

Patient Care? Yes

City SALT LAKE CITY

State UT

Department UUH IPC 11C PHARMACY IP

Category Pharmacy

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.