Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Perry Point, Maryland
Jan 27, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/ Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (CPS/CPP) / Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (CPP) provides pharmaceutical care services through direct interaction with patients and providers and functions at the highest level of clinical practice working independently under their individualized scope of practice. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/ Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner / Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (CPP) serves as a non-physician provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are essential employees and follow VA Maryland Health Care System guidances, rules, policies, directives, and/or other notifications for essential employees during emergency and/or inclement weather.

Major Duties of GS13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Residential Care) include but not limited to:
  • Conducting comprehensive medical and medication histories from patients and/or their records
  • Evaluating drug therapy through direct patient care involvement with clinical assessment of subjective and objective findings relating to patient's response(s) to drug therapy
  • Developing, recommending, assessing, and monitoring therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical pharmacological treatment under scope of practice
  • Prescribing medications, including initiation, continuation, discontinuation, and adjusting therapy (based upon the established Formulary and published Criteria for Use or Treatment Guidelines) as approved within Scope of Practice
  • Initiating, modifying, renewing, refilling, or discontinuing medication therapy under scope of practice. The CPS will NOT write or renew any controlled substances.
  • Ordering labs and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy under scope of practice.
  • Documenting, reporting, and monitoring of medication errors, adverse drug events (ADEs), and medication allergies per policy.
  • Interacting directly with patients and/or caregivers, providing oral and written counseling on their medication therapy
  • Reconciling patients' medication orders
  • Documenting encounters and interventions in the patient electronic medical record.
  • Performing consultative services
  • Assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews, prior authorization drug requests, and medication usage evaluations.
  • Participating in VAMHCS and VISN-level committees as assigned representing Pharmacy Service.
  • Serving as preceptor to students of affiliated schools and Pharmacy Practice residents
  • Performing other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm *All shifts/hours are determined or approved by management and based on service needs.
Telework: Telework eligibility and work hours permissible to telework are under the discretion and determination of management at all times.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: FS 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
    United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Education:
    • Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: .(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy .)
    • Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
    Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:
Experience. GS-13: In addition to the basic requirement, you must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-12. Experience includes but is not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must also demonstrate the following KSAs:
a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

Preferred Experience:
PGY1 Residency and PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Psychiatry or Geriatrics or Ambulatory/Primary Care with direct patient care in chronic disease state management clinics OR
PGY1 and Board of Pharmacy Specialties certification (Psychiatry and/or Geriatrics and/or Pharmacotherapy and/or Ambulatory Care) OR
Pharmacists with 2 years of clinical experience in or related to Psychiatry and/or Geriatrics and/or Ambulatory/Primary Care with direct patient care in chronic disease state management clinics.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Physical demands of the position require regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, pushing and pulling of large carts. The job may include significant time at a computer terminal


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .