This position is located in the Washington DC, VA Medical Center in Washington DC. The position does infectious disease and research. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation. Current, past, and upcoming VHA HPT graduates (residents) are eligible to apply. Grade Determinations Experience. In addition to the GS-13 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Clinical Pharmacist Specialist: Must be able to demonstrate expertise as a clinical specialist with preferred experience including; PGY2 or Fellowship in Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease Certificate Board Certification (general or infectious disease specialty), experience in education and working with pharmacy and medical-trainees, experience in working with the Decision Support Software and/or other surveillance system, experience in quality improvement projects and interest in research Preferred Experience: PGY1 Residency, Specialty PGY2 in Infectious Disease or equivalent experience Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:1) Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.2) Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.3) Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.4) Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.5) Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, going to conferences, meetings, etc. and occasional visits to activity work sites. ["Major Duties: Clinical Specialty Practice-Patient Care Skills:\n- Interfaces with physicians and other health care professionals in the care of patients to achieve optimization of rational and cost-effective drug therapy, with special emphasis on the use of anti-infectives.\n- Maintains an active patient care practice in the Medicine Units at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington DC to optimize patient outcomes and serve as a source of pharmacotherapy information to medical and nursing staff on the units.\n- Designs a therapeutic plan or regimen, to include choice of medication, dosage and therapeutic endpoints, based on patient-specific information available from the medical record, patient or patient representative, and physician, and using accepted pharmacokinetic concepts and pharmacodynamics principles.\n- Evaluates all patients who will receive home parenteral antibiotic therapy at the time of discharge from the hospital and continues to monitor the therapy in the clinic setting until the completion of their therapy. Is familiar with Home Care Standards and integrates these into the assessment of the patient as appropriate.\n- Serves as an authoritative information source on drugs and their use, with special emphasis on anti-infective agents.\n- Evaluates the drug literature by analysis of experimental design and review of data, in order to compare and contrast therapeutic regimens and to establish the role of new agents, with special emphasis on anti-infective agents.\n- Under an approved Scope of Practice, and with appropriate supervision by a physician, assumes limited authority to direct therapy as per established protocols, order laboratory tests as indicated for patient monitoring and approve the use of no formulary medications.\n- Serves as a clinical resource for the decentralized pharmacy staff with availability by phone or pager as needed, especially in the broad area of anti-infective use.\n- Evaluation of non-formulary consults in accordance with VA criteria for use of non-formulary medications.\n- Monitors use of non-formulary medications and offers alternatives to medical staff.\n- Performs other duties as assigned to facilitate patient care.\nEducation and Training Functions:\n- Assists in the training of new pharmacy staff.\n- Designs, implements and supervises the clinical educational and training experience for the ASHP-accredited, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency.\n- Designs and implements interdisciplinary programs in education, research, training and/or clinical practice with Medical and Nursing Staff of the facility.\n- Serves as a preceptor to students of Affiliated Schools of Pharmacy and pharmacy residents.\nAdministrative Functions:\n- Works to develop upgrade and disseminate acceptable criteria for use of anti-infective and other high-cost items to ensure rational use of these agents without compromising the overall quality of patient care.\n- Serves as member of the Hospitals Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and other committees as assigned.\n- Performs other administrative duties as assigned by the Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Service or the Chief, Pharmacy Service.\nResearch Skills:\n- Designs, secures funding, implements and reports findings for independent research in the area of infectious diseases therapeutics and other areas of pharmacotherapy.\n- Collaborates with members of the Infectious Diseases and the Microbiology Section in the conduct of contractual research projects associated with the development of new anti-infective agents.\nCustomer Service:\n- Customers are treated in a professional manner, with tact, courtesy and respect. Instills confidence and trust with supervisors, peers, and subordinates by providing timely and quality service. Meets established time frames and deadlines in area of responsibility.\n- Provides professional and technical advice, support and assistance to all customers with a view towards accomplishing the service mission i.e. customer service). Personnel interactions will be free of legitimate negative feedback.\n- Relationships with supervisors, co-workers and others within the organization must be consistently courteous and cooperative in nature and overall contribute to the effective operation of the service. Performance must demonstrate the ability to adjust to change or work pressure in a pleasant manner; handle differences of opinion in a businesslike fashion; follow instructions conscientiously; and function as a team member, helping the group effort where possible.\nSafety:\n- Comply with safety and environmental rules and regulations for safe job performance.\n- Use and maintain personal protective equipment when required and provided.\n- Promptly reports all accidents / illnesses to supervisor.\n- Notify supervisor of all unsafe or unhealthful conditions in the workplace and works to eliminate such conditions. Work Schedule: 0700 to 1530 M-F\nTelework: Partial Telework Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.