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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Texas City, Texas

Summary The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist works in the Pharmacy Service Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. This position will be located at the Texas City Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Texas City, TX. Current permanent VA employees and Federal employees from other federal agency should apply under CBST-11344419-22-LG. Responsibilities The Incumbent has prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's Scope of Practice. The primary responsibility is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through direct care with patients and consultation with other providers on their team. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels. The incumbent functions as part of the primary care team and is most effective when assigned a panel of patients requiring medication therapy management (MTM) services, to support continuity of care and ensure the best use of pharmaceuticals. The incumbent will follow patients in a direct care setting to achieve therapeutic goals identified by the primary care provider. Incumbents receive professional assistance from the medical center's Pharmacy Service. This is to ensure they receive all professional guidance, policy and communications, along with department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN 16 Medication Management Council and MEDVAMC Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety updates (i.e., notices, bulletins). The incumbent will be given appropriate resources and physical space (i.e., treatment room) for the direct care of their patients and will follow patients until they achieve the therapeutic goals set by the provider, Chief of Staff, or designee. The incumbent will provide educational programs for patients and for pharmacy, medical and nursing staff. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm or 8:00 am -4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework as determined by agency Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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: (a) 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) (b) 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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist GS-13: 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: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Preferred Experience: Completion of a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and /or PGY-2 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Ambulatory Care Three years direct patient care experience within an outpatient setting Advanced understanding of Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office guidance as related to outpatient clinical pharmacy practice Experience measuring, reporting and utilizing data to assess and improve pharmacy services. Actively involved in committees or work groups at the local, VISN and/or National level that directly relate to the position. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist, Qualification Standard dated June 7, 2012. The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. Physical Requirements: Light lifting and carrying under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulders, standing, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, and hearing without aid. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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