Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Neurology

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Full Time


The Neurology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will be responsible for the planning, implementing and operating advance clinical pharmacy services between Neurology and Pharmacy Services. Core activities outlined in the individual scope of practice include medication prescriptive authority, assessments, consults, laboratory and other test ordering abilities for the Neurology service. This may include but is not limited to comprehensive medication management for disease states.
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Examples of Clinical Care duties included but not limited to:
1.)Responsible for the management and development of a highly innovative pharmaceutical care service for the Neurology /specialty program/clinic. The majority of time is spent in the provision of clinical pharmaceutical care for the management of patients seen in the neurology/pain management clinic:
2.)Obtains medication history from each new patient and summarizes the significant findings, both documented in the medical record and reported to the responsible physician when appropriate.
3.) Identifies all drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient or contributing to a need for hospitalization. This would include drug side effects, allergic reactions, toxicities, improper dosage regimens, non-compliance, etc.
4.)Makes recommendations to the responsible physician for optimal management of drug-induced problems either verbally or in writing.
5.)Evaluates the risk-benefit ratio of various therapeutic alternatives, develops a therapeutic plan utilizing the most efficacious, least toxic and most economical pharmacological treatment modalities available, and communicates these plans to the patients' physician.
6.)Possess a high level of independence designated by their Scope of Practice and will be recognized by their peers as performing assignments that require an exceptional level of competence.
7.)Manage the medication programs of patients by electronically ordering appropriate medications,diagnostic studies, etc.
8.) Selects appropriate objective and subjective parameters necessary to monitor the pharmacologic and toxic effects of the drugs being administered.
9.) Analyzes the patients' medication regimen for drug-drug interactions and determines the potential and significance of each interaction.10.) Analyzes the patients' medication regimen and laboratory test data for drug interference with laboratory tests.
11.)Develops rational alternative therapeutic treatment plans in cases where the initially selected plan fails to achieve the desired therapeutic result, problems occur with drug toxicity or other complications and communicates this information to the patient's physician.
12.) When assessing or providing patient care, the employee will evaluate the impact of the age of the patient as it relates to ability to understand directions, provide objective self-assessment or any other medical milieu appropriate to the overall treatment plan.
13.) Conducts and oversees at least biannual medication utilization evaluations as assigned through P&T and DUR Subcommittee.
14.)Will serve as subject matter consultant on checking the review and approval of non-formulary requests.

Examples of Education duties included but not limited to:
1.)Develop and manage all pharmacy educational programs for the Neurology /Specialty program. This will include (but not limited to) residency programs,clerkships/internship, staff development and university affiliated programs.
2.)Educating patients on the proper use and care of their medications through the day-to-day personal interactions with the patients, as assigned.
3.)Precepts the Pharmacy Practice Residents during rotations in this institution's Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.
4.)Attends and actively participates in all clinical pharmacy activities, i.e., staff development,residency conferences, journal club.
5.)Contributes regularly to the Pharmacy Service Newsletter, a monthly newsletter prepared by the Section of Clinical Pharmacy and distributed to all physicians, pharmacists, nurses and dietitians.It provides scientific and technical articles, as well as general drug information and pharmacy policy.
6.)Prepares and presents educational lectures to a variety of disciplines in the area of Primary Care topics.
7.)Precepts pharmacy students from affiliated institutions for their clinical rotations.
8.)Provides formal education and training programs in the area of neurology /pharmacology,therapeutics, pharmacokinetics and related subjects to physicians, nursing staff and other health care professionals as appropriate.Other duty functions included but not limited to are Program Management, Quality Management, Research and Automated Information System.

Work Schedule: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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:
    U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language 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. 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. 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:Must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12). Examples of experience includes handling routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, and national policies, 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; and providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. In addition, pharmacists must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (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: PGY-2 Neurology

References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing/sitting for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 50lbs, and bending/stooping. The work may entail repetitive wrist movement while using various size syringes, vial cap removal, and typing.


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.
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Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c (required at time of application)-Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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