Location: New York, NY, USA
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Pain/Academic Detailer)
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
08/27/2019 to 09/11/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$109,915 to $132,919 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will provide comprehensive
medication management of complex patients with chronic,
non-malignant, pain by face-to-face and telephone encounters through
the Chronic Pain Care Clinic (CPCC), Tele-Pain clinic, and as a
member of the interdisciplinary pain team; indirect patient care is
provided through chart review, E-consult, and provider education.
Learn more about this agency
This Clinical Pharmacy Specialist serves as a Pharmacy Program
Manager for the New York Harbor Healthcare System Academic Detailing
program. The incumbent holds a position of high visibility and
represents facility and VISN-wide efforts to improve medical care.
As such, the incumbent must have excellent communication and
interpersonal skills. The incumbent will have knowledge of and will
apply marketing techniques in promotion of practice guidelines and
other health initiatives. The incumbent will perform data analysis
and manipulation to measure performance and to trend changes. As
such, the position requires computer expertise, particularly in the
area of database programs and data analysis. The incumbent will
assist with the pull through of specific goals and a vision for the
program and will assist with future program development. The
incumbent will consult with VISN and PBM staff to help initiate,
develop, validate and execute projects. The incumbent will be
expected to exercise initiative and to collaborate effectively with
clinical and administrative staff at all VISN stations and
community-based outpatient clinics to meet performance goals and
support quality patient care activities. Additionally, this
pharmacist works under a scope of practice providing direct patient
care at least 25% of the time. This Health Care System is a teaching
facility affiliated with New York University, School of Medicine,
and Long Island University, School of Pharmacy.
Clinical Practice Area:
A. The Pain Clinical Pharmacy Specialist uses expertise in pain
management to optimize patient care as an advanced practitioner of
pain pharmacy and is authorized within the guidelines of a scope of
practice to function as a provider of services to order labs, and
recommend optimal drug regimen changes to chronic pain patients of
the New York Harbor Healthcare System.
B. Principal responsibilities include evidence-based pharmacotherapy
management (including identification of patient specific medication
issues such as drug interactions, adverse effects, lack of
effectiveness, appropriateness, and compliance problems), and
provision of drug information service to the outpatient PACT clinics
and to other areas as requested.
C. Uses expertise in pain management to optimize patient care
through a variety of modalities
D. Recognizes adverse drug reactions to pain medications, and makes
appropriate changes in therapy.
E. Interpretation of Urine Drug Screens
F. Patient and Provider Education related to chronic pain
G. Attends and participates in pain management, conferences, and
other meetings as required for the purpose of making recommendations
and providing consultation in all
Pharmacy-related matters to pain management.
H. Directly assists other providers in rational medication selection
by providing written
and/or verbal consultation.
I. Is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining effective
programs by implementing rational cost effective drug therapy to
outcomes for the chronic pain patient.
J. Provides medication information to other PACT team members as
**Work Schedule:** Rotating Shifts including weekends, holidays,
evenings and nights.
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
### Travel Required
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
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### 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
- 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 09/11/2019.
- **United States Citizenship**: Non-citizens may only be
appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
in accordance with VA Policy.
(1) 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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and
Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole
degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)
(2) 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
- **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.
NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had
any such license revoked for professional misconduct,
professional incompetence or substandard care, or who
surrendered such license after receiving written notice of
potential termination of such license by the State for
professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or
substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the
position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully
restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999,
this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not
apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date,
provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not
disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or
voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or
- **English Language Proficiency:** Pharmacists must be proficient
in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d),
**Preferred Experience:** Candidates for the (PAIN) Clinical
Pharmacy Specialist position
should possess the skills outlined above with specific experience in
the area of chronic
non-malignant pain management, understand complications associated
medications, implement lifestyle modifications, lab monitoring and
assessment/management of side effects, and developing realistic pain
Candidates should have recent experience in a current or previous
residency training) that includes direct patient care and
comprehensive pain medication
management responsibilities. Preferred candidates will have an
advanced pharmacy degree
(Pharm.D), PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, PGY2 specialty
residency in Pain
**Grade Determinations**: In addition to the GS-12 requirements,
must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade
**References:** VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15
This vacancy is at full performance level.
**Physical Requirements:** See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
**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:
http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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
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faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
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Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
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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
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
##### Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
##### Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
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transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former
Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
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discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
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character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
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vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this
position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
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### Agency contact information
### Venise Fleurisma- Justin
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
423 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
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