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Specialty Clinical Pharmacist II


CHRISTUS System Office




CHRISTUS Irving Corporate Office


5101 North O Connor Boulevard
Irving, TX  75039
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Specialty Clinical Pharmacist II Job in Irving

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The Specialty Clinical Pharmacist is responsible and accountable for the provision of safe, effective, and prompt medication therapy. Specialty Clinical Pharmacists provide proficient direct patient-centered care in a decentralized practice setting. In this clinical role, Specialty Clinical Pharmacists participate in all necessary aspects of the medication-use system while providing comprehensive and individualized pharmaceutical care to the patients in their assigned areas. Pharmaceutical care services include but are not limited to assessing patient needs, incorporating age and disease-specific characteristics into drug therapy and patient education, adjusting care according to patient response, and providing clinical interventions to detect, mitigate, and prevent medication adverse events. Specialty Clinical Pharmacists serve as departmental resources and liaisons to other departments, or external groups. They also conduct clinical research and practice advancement projects as well as patient care quality and regulatory compliance initiatives designed to improve medication-use processes or pharmacy practice. Specialty Clinical Pharmacists provide medication and practice-related education/training and actively serve as preceptors for Doctor of Pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. The Specialty Clinical Pharmacists will participate in the quality management program with the goal of improving services by monitoring processes, analyzing data, implementing interventions to improve, and evaluating the effectiveness of those interventions.

The Specialty Clinical Pharmacists will be responsible for the clinical management of patients on a variety of specialty therapies for medical conditions including but not limited to Hepatitis C, inflammatory conditions (gastroenterology, dermatology, asthma, and allergy), pulmonary conditions (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis), neurology (multiple sclerosis, migraine headache), dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, and oncology.

  • Meets expectations of the applicable OneCHRISTUS Competencies: Leader of Self, Leader of Others, or Leader of Leaders. 
  • Leads assigned patient service lines, clinical areas, and therapeutic programs
  • Facilitates pharmaceutical care services, direct patient care programs, and medication utilization systems within assigned services and care areas to ensure drug utilization activities are aligned with patient care needs, evidence-based best practices, and regulatory standards.
  • Actively identifies practice-related issues that require evaluation and facilitate clinical research projects, quality improvement initiatives, or healthcare provider education as needed to advance practice.
  • Assures pharmacy is an integral part of the healthcare delivery system and facilitates enhancement and expansion of pharmacy services/programs. 
  • Delivers direct patient care
  • Maintains proficiency in the clinical pharmacy program.
  • Works as an active member of the multidisciplinary team and collaborates with healthcare providers to provide patient-centered care.
  • Identifies high-risk patients and implements interventions to improve quality and safety.
  • Makes appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered medication recommendations.
  • Oversees the liaisons’ workflow to ensure timely review and processing of orders.
  • Oversees the prior authorization and appeals process.
  • Offers clinical assistance to the technician staff as needed.
  • Performs and documents initial and follow-up assessments and consultations in line with program policies and procedures and URAC and ACHC accreditation requirements.
  • Participates in a rotating after-hours on-call process.
  • Provides pharmaceutical services throughout the health system
  • Maintains proficiency in hospital computer systems and medication ordering systems.
  • Provides accurate, safe, timely, and appropriate medication therapy based on patient age and needs.
  • Completes critical patient monitoring and reviews patient profile/chart to identify, prevent, or mitigate drug-related problems, improper drug or dose selection, sub-therapeutic dosage, overdosage, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, failure to receive drugs, untreated indications, medication use without an indication, and treatment failures.
  • Communicates effectively and appropriately with healthcare providers and caregivers (physicians, nurses, etc.)
  • Actively participates in stewardship activities and restricted medication programs. 
  • Participates in pharmacy operations and medication dispensing as assigned
  • Maintains proficiency in and actively engages in operational programs and specialty pharmacy areas as appropriate for job assignment. 
  • Facilitates experiential education and practice advancement
  • Maintains proficiency in preceptor roles and actively emulates education/mentorship skills.
  • Develops student, resident, and staff training experiences/competencies and creates new relationships for teaching and training opportunities.
  • Identifies, designs, and implements improvements in the medication-use system to advance patient safety, maximize therapeutic outcomes, or control costs.


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school of Pharmacy is required.
  • PGY1 residency or 5 years of clinical practice (community, ambulatory care, PBM, or hospital) required.
  • PGY2 residency preferred.
  • Specialty pharmacy experience preferred.
  • EPIC suite products experience preferred (EMR, Compass Rose, Willow Ambulatory)
  • Significant knowledge and expertise in advanced pharmacy practice, specialty medication therapy management, and specialty evidence-based medicine in areas appropriate for clinical assignments required.
  • Licensed pharmacist in the state of practice.
  • Pharmacy preceptor license within 90 days of start date.
  • Must accrue American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Preceptor status within 18 months of hire.
  • Must obtain Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) certification or other applicable board (e.g. BCOP, BCACP, BCPS, BCMTMS, BCGP) certification within 18 months of hire.

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Specialty Clinical Pharmacist II