Clinical Pharmacist II - Surgery, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine

Boston Medical Center

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated pharmacist to join a team of critical care, emergency medicine, and surgery pharmacists at Boston Medical Center (BMC). BMC is a large, urban, academic medical center that cares for an underserved patient population. Our vision is to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world by 2030. Our mission, which is foundational to our organization, is to provide exceptional care without exception. Pharmacy services at Boston Medical Center are indispensable. They are highly integrated into the front-lines of patient care and into the broader leadership structure of the organization. Residency and student training will be an important component of this position. Boston Medical Center has been training pharmacy residents for over 30 years since 1986. We have seven PGY1 residents and six PGY2 programs in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Ambulatory Care. We also provide support to over 170 student rotations each year.

The Clinical Pharmacist II Surgery will be part of a high-performing pharmacy team that cares for surgical patients in the OR, PACU, surgical ICU, and floor. The Clinical Pharmacist II Surgery will also be expected to provide cross coverage to our emergency department, medical ICU, and cardiac ICU. In each of these areas, the pharmacist will be responsible for managing the totality of patient care from acute care to transitions-of-care issues. BMC has 56 adult ICU beds and the busiest Emergency Department in all of New England. We provide pharmacy services to our Emergency Department 24 hours a day. In September 2018, BMC opened an Integrated Procedural Platform that services our patients surgical, procedural, and imaging needs. The Clinical Pharmacist II Surgery will be expected to participate in quality improvement projects that improve care and advance pharmacy practice at Boston Medical Center. Finally, there will be opportunities for professional growth and advancement as the Pharmacy Department at Boston Medical Center seeks to further advance practice by striving to be leaders in quality improvement and patient safety.ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:

Distributive and operational responsibilities

Ensures all medications are handled in the manner established by the Formulary Management Committee, applicable accreditation standards, state and federal regulations, and the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy.
Reviews and verifies medication orders, reviews patient charts, evaluates applicable laboratory data to identify or prevent drug-related problems or toxicity. For each medication, the pharmacist evaluates the order for appropriateness including but not limited to dose, route and frequency for clinical indication and organ function, screening for drug interactions, therapeutic duplication, allergy history, and recommending use of formulary drugs or alternative cost-effective therapy when possible.
Works closely with the central pharmacist and technicians to ensure accurate and timely acquisition, distribution, and control of all medications, including investigational drugs. Collaborates with the Pharmacy Purchasing team on special medication needs.
Adheres to all protocols and policies related to controlled substances.
Supervises the activities of supportive personnel including student interns and technicians.
Uses designated pharmacy automation and/or barcoding systems to document checking of any medication or sterile product prior to dispensing.

Direct patient care

Makes recommendations to optimize pharmacotherapy within the context of a multidisciplinary team
Provides effective transition of care needs including, but not limited to, medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, and facilitating medication to bedside.
Prevents patient harm by promoting the safe use of medications
Identifies and reports medication-related events
Performs daily targeted interventions to decrease risk of readmission, optimize therapy, and improve medication safety
Serves as a pharmacy liaison to the BMC staff by ensuring the connectivity between clinical and distributive services
Documents all patient care activities
Follows departmental policies and procedures to promote cost-effective medication use

Education and training

Serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students
Assists in the orientation and training of new pharmacists, interns, and technicians as assigned
Provides timely and accurate drug information, training, and education to patients and health care providers

Quality improvement

Identifies opportunities for improvement in patient care or the medication use process
Participates in departmental quality improvement projects

Other duties

Maintains own professional and specialized competency through continuing education as set forth by the Department of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy
Conforms to Boston Medical Centers standards of conduct so that the best possible customer service and patient care experience is provided:
Conducts interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, physicians, and fellow employees in a courteous and customer friendly manner.
Takes corrective action to improve performance on problem areas.
Maintains all designated hospital information confidential at all times.
Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures.
Utilizes hospitals behavioral standards as the basis for decision-making and to support the hospitals mission and goals.
Responsible for the creation and maintenance of a healthy work environment. A healthy work environment is one where people feel supported, held accountable, where standards are applied and expectations are clear. A healthy work environment is one where leadership supports and leads, models behavioral standards and sets the example for how to do all things right. Critical responsibilities related to this:
Being engaged in the department, including managing up, owning team decisions, and communicating and supporting departmental and or organizational initiatives.
Hold self and others to the highest ethical standards, and act with honor above all.
Performs other duties as needed.

Must adhere to all of BMCs RESPECT behavioral standards.


Requires a Doctorate of Pharmacy or Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy with an advanced degree, and a PGY1 pharmacy residency or at least three years of relevant experience.


Work requires a valid license to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MA pharmacist licensure must be complete and verified by the date of hire.


(As detailed in the educational section above).


Strong clinical knowledge pertinent to the specific practice area
Strong interpersonal skills when interacting with patients and colleagues
Involvement in local, regional, or national professional organizations is encouraged
Proficient with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook, and web browsers
Excellent attention to detail
Effective verbal and written communication skills; must be proficient in the English; additional language skills are beneficial

Employment Type

Full time