Job Description

Job Title: Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
Job ID: 636692
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Standard business hours Monday-Friday
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: Support Services
Location: 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232

Description

The Oncology Clinical Pharmacist will be a part of the Outpatient clinic within investigational drug services at the Hillman Cancer Center. If you are interested in hearing more, apply today!

Purpose:

Assist the Director as assigned in all aspects of Pharmacy Services within the Cancer Centers. This would include clinical services to the Cancer Centers' staff as well as administrative activities that pertain to oncology drug delivery. The clinical pharmacist has extensive clinical experience within oncology as well as a working knowledge of aspects of evidence-based medicine, pathway/guideline development, oncology policy development, oncology reimbursement and coverage, clinical research, and drug development. The dispensing of medications is not within the scope of this position.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist with the decision making process in the selection of appropriate evidence-based prophylaxis, chemotherapeutic, and supportive care regimens based on the extent of disease, patient performance status and desired outcome for the treatment of a variety of malignant and nonmalignant conditions including patient specific and system-wide treatment plans. Oversee the writing of chemotherapy orders on the out patient bone marrow transplant service and other services as requested.
  • Advise in the administration of dangerous and toxic bioimmunotherapies and biochemotherapies.
  • Assist in determining patient access to limited access medications. This requires a working knowledge of national and local insurance coverage as well as pharmaceutical assistance programs.
  • Assist with managing narrow therapeutic and highly toxic drugs in individuals based on comorbidities, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, altered metabolism and elimination, based on renal and/or hepatic function, by directing, monitoring and maintaining therapeutic drug serum concentrations to prevent excessive and unwanted toxicity and outcomes.
  • Communicate with the UPMC Cancer Centers clinical pharmacists to ensure an effective continuum of care for the patients.
  • Direct and manage supportive care management of patients (anti-emetics, pain control, growth factors, anti-microbial prophylaxis, prevention of tumor lysis syndrome, etc).
  • Facilitate compliance with Cancer Centers' directives by evaluating and overseeing the appropriate use of high-cost and highly toxic therapies in order to assure suitable control of drug budgets and reimbursement. This includes knowledge of national and local health policy directives.
  • Participate in the creation and revision of oncology medication patient education materials for UPMC.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Clinical Pathways and order set formulation for hematologic / oncologic disease state.
  • Plan for and direct the treatment of chemotherapy spills, extravasation of vesicants and irritants, and management of hypersensitivity/anaphylactic reactions.
  • Provide disease state and drug therapy education for the Cancer Centers' physicians and staff. This may include; written reviews, maintenance of pharmacy intranet information, teaching didactic lectures, conducting continuing education lectures, and facilitating small group topic discussions.
  • Responsible for providing pharmaceutical care for the Cancer Centers via direct communication, email, or page.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree is required.
  • Oncology experience is strongly preferred.   
  • PGY1 residency, and PGY2 (hematology / oncology specialty) residency (with bone marrow transplant experience preferred) and/or fellowship training or equivalent clinical experience within oncology is required. 
  • Extensive knowledge of clinical research, drug development, and research regulations within institutions.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Pharmacist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $43.60 to $74.06

Union Position: No

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