Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Job ID: 1900017L
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Standard business hours, Monday - Friday
Shift: Day Job
Department: Clinical Pharm Svc Line
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


This job provides clinical pharmacy expertise to the development, implementation and management of the pharmacy service line. The clinical pharmacy specialist assists in the management of pharmacy utilization and provides expertise in managing clinical pharmacy services. These services will be provided in compliance with state and federal regulations, the mission, policies and procedures of the Health System Pharmacy Service Center. Individual should demonstrate professionalism and commitment to meet UPMC goals and objectives.

Clinical & Operational Activities:

  • Develop and revise formulary guidelines, therapeutic class reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and other content for Health System P&T committee.  
  • Research adequately and be properly prepared for all Health System P&T Committee meetings, ensuring all recommendations for both new drugs and new policies are appropriate and have been discussed with subject matter experts.  Present these assignments succinctly and at a suitable pace, volume, and speed and answer all questions.
  • Coordinate implementation and monitoring of Health System P&T decisions through collaboration with key stakeholders, including information services, pharmacy supply chain, and hospital pharmacy leadership.
  • Complete medication use evaluations as a performance improvement measure related to Health System P&T Committee activities.
  • Develop and evaluate therapeutic drug interventions and other clinical pharmacy programs for controlling pharmacy trend, including pharmacist and provider interventions, and looking specifically at outcomes for these programs, as well as considering comprehensive research or quality improvement projects.
  • Assist with surveillance of the drug development pipeline, relevant drug-related medical literature and local/regional/national trends in health system medication utilization. 
  • Serve as an expert in drug literature evaluation strategies, a resource to interpret drug literature findings and provide information to internal customers related to Health System P&T Committee formulary decisions.
  • Provide innovative and applicable ideas in clinical program development, utilization management, formulary management, provider education, therapeutic substitution, and/or improvements in programs and edits that already exist, including both improving operational efficiencies, as well as developing new clinical pharmacy practice guidelines.  Implement these new ideas or improvements as approved, while also considering outcomes in all programs.
  • Support Health System P&T Committee subcommittee activities and serve as a Pharmacy Service Center representative to other multidisciplinary committees, as assigned. 
  • Collaborate with other internal professional disciplines (information services, finance, quality/risk management, etc.) in multidisciplinary meetings as assigned to improve the understanding of the pharmacy service line activities, as well as to offer recommendations. 
  • Participate in meetings, committees, and work groups both internally and externally as assigned.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, TJC, CMS and other applicable regulatory authorities, specifically as they relate to the expectations of hospital pharmacy operations.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements of clinical functions. 
  • Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Communicate pharmacy information as appropriate to patients, providers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Develop communication materials to providers and other members of the health care team, including discussions regarding formulary decisions, health education, formulary compliance, and trends in drug utilization. 
Teaching and Education:
  • Mentor students and assist in precepting for the residency program. 
  • Special Skills/Ability to Interact:
    • Have ability to function independently, but support team concept.
    • Behavior denotes reliability as demonstrated by prompt attendance and timeliness completing designated workload and follow-up.
    • Conveys and maintains professional image while interacting with coworkers, providers and clients.
    • Honor patient confidentiality. 

Standard Responsibilities: Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors. Performs other duties as assigned. 

*Indicates a non-essential job responsibility.  


Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, and/or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an accredited U.S. School of Pharmacy.
ASHP-accredited hospital pharmacy residency, or equivalent experience in hospital pharmacy practice is preferred.  
1 year of previous hospital pharmacy experience is strongly preferred.
Prior experience must include responsibilities related to medication use policy development and formulary management.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Registration as a registered pharmacist (RPh), in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity.
  • Continuing Education requirements met each bi-annual cycle for re-licensure, as evident by obtaining a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years in structured pharmaceutical education as necessary by the state board

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

Salary Range: $44.18 to $68.17 / hour

Union Position: No

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