Clinical Pharmacist

Michigan, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Job Summary

Be a part of the University of Michigan Health-System Department of Pharmacy Services and have a direct impact on improving medication and patient safety! The Department of Pharmacy is recruiting a Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacy Specialist who will work with the department administrators, Medication Safety team, medical staff, and nursing to design, implement, and monitor medication and patient safety initiatives within the health system. Major job responsibilities include: providing a continuous evaluation of the medication use process for safety and efficiency; collecting, reviewing, and evaluating medication event data for identification of trends and areas of improvement; implementing medication safety initiatives; and documenting effectiveness of the initiatives in reducing medication events.

The target salary range will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


The Medication Safety pharmacist is responsible for monitoring the medication use process to ensure medication and patient safety and compliance with State, Federal, and regulatory agency medication management standards. This individual will assume a leadership role in medication error reduction to measure and improve the safety of the health system’s medication systems. The selected individual will:

  • Provide continuous evaluation of the medication use process for safety and efficiency
  • Collect, review, and evaluate medication event data for identification of trends and areas for improvement
  • Implement medication safety initiatives and document effectiveness of these initiatives in reducing medication events
  • Work with pharmacy leadership and managers
  • Chair the multi-disciplinary Medication Safety Committee
  • Serve as the primary pharmacy liaison to the organization with respect to medication safety issues
  • Lead medication safety improvements aligned with hospital and department goals working with key prescriber, pharmacy, and nursing leaders and committees in ensuring medication management requirements and best practices
  • Communicate with staff on medication safety issues using newsletters, emails, the pharmacy intranet, and other means
  • Serve as primary preceptor to pharmacy residents and students

Required Qualifications*

  • A Doctor of Pharmacy degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Completion of a PGY-1 pharmacy residency program or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Current licensure as a registered pharmacist by the State of Michigan Board of Pharmacy and a Michigan Controlled Substance License to practice pharmacy in the State of Michigan, or eligibility to become licensed within 60 days of employment start date
  • Thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and laws pertaining to preparation, storage, procurement, use, and disposal of medications in the practice of pharmacy in Michigan
  • Strong leadership ability and excellent written and verbal communication skills (fluency in writing, reading and speaking English)
  • Excellent organizational, teamwork, interpersonal, time management, and consensus building
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working
  • Ability to speak on a one-on-one basis using appropriate professional communication to obtain information, explain policies and procedures, and influence others
  • Ability to think critically and exercise decisive judgment
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to set priorities, which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software
  • Ability to perform a variety of manual dexterity movements (i.e., keyboard data entry)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with Joint Commission, Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) medication standards
  • Prior medication safety experience
  • Experience maintaining infusion pump libraries
  • Completion of a PGY-2 specialty residency in medication safety, health-system pharmacy administration, and/or other administrative-oriented program
  • Board certified pharmacotherapy specialty – (BCPS)
  • Prior clinical pharmacy practice in an acute and/or ambulatory care environment
  • Broad knowledge of pharmacy practice in a large health-system
  • Prior experience leading committees and groups in a complex organization and ability to speak in front of audiences in a concise and effective manner
  • Experience in outcomes measurement to determine the impact of medication safety initiatives
  • Prior training/experience in project management and process improvement
  • Experience in developing report requirements, retrieving data from large databases, and/or SQL
  • Active involvement with state and national professional associations

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Supervision Received

Direct supervision is received from the Pharmacy Manager of Quality and Safety.

Supervision Exercised

Functional supervision is provided to pharmacy students and residents.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.