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Job Description

Job Title: Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist
Job ID: 839413086
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Pharmacy
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The UPMC Presbyterian Pharmacy is looking for an Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist to join the team focusing on infectious diseases across all units. The Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist will be scheduled to work daylight weekdays and weekends with rotating daylight and evening hour shifts. The expectation is to have the individual in this position work every 3rd weekend and two holidays per year. There is also a rotational on-call schedule for overnights and weekends. We are looking for a PGY2 who has experience in infectious diseases or an experience pharmacist. If this sounds like you, apply today!


Under the general direction of the Pharmacy Operations Manager, the Unit Based Clinical Staff Pharmacist assigned to Unit Based Pharmacy Practice functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive patient care services, both clinical and operational. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist has responsibilities that go beyond, but may also include, providing routine pharmacy services (retrospective order review, verification of medication orders, and dispensing of medications for patients). These individuals: Spend at least 50% of their time in their area of specialization (e.g. critical care, oncology, etc.)Participate in multidisciplinary teams and proactively provide recommendations for patient therapy prior to orders being written by physicians.Provide direct input to key decisions regarding medication treatment guidelines, protocols, drug formulary decisions and dosing guidelines.Act as the drug therapy expert in their area; referred complex questions regarding patients therapy and reactions to medications from other members of the health care team (pharmacists, nurses, physicians, etc).Participate in multidisciplinary quality improvement committees that focus on improvements to safety and overall outcomes for their patients.Instruct and educate patients, as well as other health care workers regarding medication therapies to optimize patient outcomes.Support drug related research.These services will be provided in compliance with federal and state regulations; JCAHO standards; and health system, hospital and department policies. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist will be involved in patient care activities supporting a variety of patient populations, ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics. Inpatient and outpatient practice areas include, but are not limited to general medicine, surgery, intensive care, transplantation, orthopedics, oncology, and cardiology.

  • The Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist must demonstrate behaviors that support the Mission, Vision, and Values Statement of UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, the UPMC Health System, and contribute to the overall success of our organization.
  • Provide comprehensive pharmacy services to assigned Unit(s), including, but not limited to: medication order entry and verification, medication profile review for appropriateness, clinical cognitive services as needed by the specific patient population and procurement of the medication product in a safe and timely manner.
  • Screen all medication orders for adverse drug reactions/medication occurrences as per Department standards and reports through appropriate reporting process.
  • Mentor pharmacy students and/or residents to facilitate ongoing teaching programs and support Department and School of Pharmacy missions.
  • Direct pharmacy technicians to assure the timely, safe and appropriate delivery of medications to the unit(s).
  • Participate in development and implementation of new Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics initiatives by reviewing literature, preparing educational materials, determining implementation strategies, designing informatics, creating outcome measures and monitoring forms, and/or designing competency assessment tools.
  • Develop and implement initiatives that enhance patient safety in their area(s) of responsibility.
  • Document monitoring and evaluation through the pharmacy computer system, THERADOC and DUDSM Program monitoring forms.
  • Provide educational in-services to pharmacy, nursing, and/or medical staff related to Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics initiatives or clinical programs.
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development by maintaining a portfolio of items of interest for educational and professional growth interests.


  • B.S. degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) is required. 
  • Two years of experience in hospital pharmacy or one-year accredited Residency.  
  • PGY2 Infectious disease experience is highly preferred.
  • Good communication skills. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, must work well independently, and demonstrate leadership in their current position.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances
  • Pharmacist
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $43.06 to $69.53 / hour

Union Position: No

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