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Pharmacy Fellow-Drug Information, Full-time, Rotating

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Required degree level: 
Remote Position: 

1. Conducts and disseminates original research through an appropriate venue/media by becoming a primary investigator on a minimum of one study. The fellow will be expected to prepare methods and results in a format acceptable to infectious diseases publications.
2. Assists with peer research projects as time allows.
3. Interprets medication orders to ensure safety and proper use of medications and is alert to compatibilities, incompatibilities, drug duplication, drug allergies, and potential drug administration errors. Coordinates the solving of drug related problems between pharmacy, nursing, and physicians, demonstrating initiative and sound judgment.
4. Evaluates and documents population and patient specific variables, assessing if the dose regimen is appropriate for achieving the desired therapeutic outcome. Patient weight, body surface area, age, maturation, sex, renal and hepatic function, pharmacokinetic parameters, and concurrent conditions and medications should be considered in the determination of the dose and dose interval of any drug. Note: Special consideration should be given to the requirements of the neonatal and geriatric populations.
5. Evaluates and documents that the drug(s) selected are appropriate for achieving the desired therapeutic outcome. Communicates potential problems and likely solutions to the prescribing physician.
6. Monitors drug therapy for significant drug-drug, drug-diet, or drug-laboratory test interactions. Intervenes in circumstances of significant interactions, therapeutic duplications, and other occasions where pharmaceutical, pharmacologic, and pharmacokinetic expertise is warranted.
7. Acts as a consultant in the areas of pharmacokinetics and adverse drug reactions to physicians, nurses and other health professionals. Determines individual patient and pharmacokinetic parameters, calculates drug dosage and schedule, and notifies physician. Documents consultations in the progress notes of the medical record.
8. Acts to limit drug use to formulary items whenever therapeutically appropriate with the Antimicrobial Utilization Team.
9. Assists in educating, training, and supervising professional and supportive staff, and pharmacy students. Participates in hospital continuing education programs including those for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health professionals.
10. Uses skills of persuasiveness and assertiveness, as well as sensitivity to others point of view, to influence the behavior and opinions of professional and technical colleagues.
11. Communicates professional knowledge effectively in both oral and written forms to patients and other health professionals.
12. Maintains the pharmacy patient profile. The profile should include age, maturation, weight, allergies, diagnosis, estimated and actual pharmacokinetic parameters, and pertinent information that may affect drug therapy decisions.
13 Oversees the packaging, labeling, and distribution of medications for all patients and employees according to established policies, procedures, and guidelines. Monitors the use of scheduled drugs on the nursing units and maintains controlled inventories of medication in the dispensing areas.
14. Organizes, prioritizes, and plans workload within given time constraints. Works cooperatively with fellow pharmacists to oversee and direct the activities of the work area, to assign work to technicians, and to ensure that the established Department objectives are accomplished.
15. Works closely with the Practice Coordinators and Managers in implementing policies and procedures of the Department. Recommends possible improvements and assists in upgrading the quality of pharmacy service by participating in Department and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee quality management activities.
16. Participates in activities assigned by the Antimicrobial Utilization team including but not limited to rounding and participating in the 'on-call' schedule for off-hour and weekend consultation.
17. Acts as a primary preceptor for all infectious diseases students while on clinical service.
18. Composes a review article acceptable for publication in an infectious diseases specialty journal.
19. Evaluates and presents peer reviewed journal articles for discussion in morning conference.
20. Attends a national meeting where original research is presented. EEO/AA.
Required: Knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy (5 years of college education) or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (6 to 7 years of college education.

Desired: Pharmacy Practice Residency with Completion of infectious diseases rotations.

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