This position is located in Pharmacy Service of the Togus Maine VA Medical Center. The Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner in oncology performs duties of a clinical, administrative and teaching nature, routinely functioning with minimal supervision as a team member within the oncology service. These duties are to be performed primarily at Togus VA Medical Center or on occasion, virtually delivered to VA Maine Healthcare CBOCs. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Language: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Education: 1) 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.(2) 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). License: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or District of Columbia. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements candidate must also meet the following criteria: Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Preferred Experience: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency and/or at least three years of direct patient care experience as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner with a scope of practice in Oncology. References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II, Appendix G15. Physical Requirements: Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for planning, developing and maintaining effective clinical pharmacy programs by implementing rational cost effective drug therapy to improve patient outcomes in the medical/surgical practice areas. Must be capable of using professional judgment and clinical expertise to solve complex problems and to provide clinical information to VA Maine Healthcare providers and Veterans. Performs duties of a clinical, administrative and teaching nature, routinely functioning with minimal supervision as a team member within the oncology service. Designs a therapeutic regimen or plan, based on patient-specific information, which includes establishing a therapeutic endpoint, selecting an appropriate drug and related therapy, and establishing appropriate dosing regimens. Monitors and assesses therapeutic and adverse effects of drug therapy through selection and evaluation of physical and laboratory parameters. Evaluation of all prescribed oncology chemotherapy for appropriateness, effectiveness, cost/benefit, adverse drug reactions, allergies and disease states. Provides oncology physicians, staff and pharmacists with necessary, appropriate and timely clinical information and drug therapy recommendations to provide optimal care. Identifies, interprets, and assists in resolving any oncology-related pharmacy operations and safety issues related to the prescribing, preparation, delivery or wasting of oncology chemotherapy processes. This includes assisting in the continuity of care in the processing of oncology chemotherapy orders and regimens. When appropriate, works with the Togus Medical Center Inpatient Supervisor and Pharmacy technicians to assure integrity, quality and safety of all oncology chemotherapy preparations. Provides cross-coverage, when necessary, to Infusion/Specialty CPP. Duties include progress note entry, mediation order entry, lab/monitoring follow-up and dose titration as appropriate for all Veterans in the acute care wards receiving infusions in the VA Maine infusion clinic. Reviews electronically-submitted non-formulary drug requests (NDR) utilizing National VA PBM Criteria for Use. Completes review and documents adjudication in CPRS in a timely manner as determined by VISN and National PBM leadership. Participates and/or supports Pharmacy Service research efforts. Participates and/or initiates quality management efforts within Pharmacy Service, including analysis and management of a clinical practice within an area of expertise or as otherwise assigned including VA ADERS reporting. Completes all encounters, charting and documentation including scheduling, reviewing consults and finishing encounters, to meet timeliness standards Work Schedule: FT Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm, 8am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not eligible Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: F05320 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notification: -This position is in the Excepted Service. -This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position. -This position is covered by a special rate. -Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. -Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. -The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's."]
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