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Pharmacy Residency Director and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist--Internal Medicine, Full-Time, Days-HUP

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Job ID: 180930
Category: Pharmacy
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

Penn Medicine is seeking a Pharmacy Residency Program Director and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine for full-time, days, at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

The position will be a split position with time worked as both a Pharmacy Residency Program Director and as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine.

The Pharmacy Residency Program Director will be responsible for the direction, conduct and oversight of the PGY1 residency program and will maintain responsibility for the implementation and adherence to appropriate ASHP residency accreditation standards, regulations, education and policies. This role must collaborate with the Chief Pharmacy Officer and the RPDs for the PGY2 programs. 

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Interviewing, selecting and onboarding residents
  • Coordinating preceptor skills assessment, development and training
  • Overseeing and monitoring progression of residents within the program
  • Assuring completion of residents' research projects, presentations and publications
  • Monitoring and evaluating program outcomes, including participant performance, progress and satisfaction
  • Maintenance of the residency program database

Summary of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist:

  • Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are required to provide pharmacy services to multiple areas throughout the hospital. The pharmacist should be an effective communicator and be able to integrate themselves within the healthcare team and current structure of the pharmacy department. They must possess the skills to cover all aspects of pharmacy operations, have the ability to supervise and direct technician staff, make sound clinical and operational decisions and work independently. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are considered leaders in their respective field and should provide pharmaceutical expertise by rounding on patients, consulting with care teams and providing education to both patients and providers. Additionally, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists both participate in and lead quality improvement efforts, including drug use evaluations as well as clinical research projects in their specialty areas.
  • Tasks may include, but are not limited to: designing, recommending, monitoring, evaluating and documenting patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy; preparing and dispensing medications, providing concise, applicable, and timely responses to requests for drug information to ensure optimal drug use and medication-use education; manage medication safety issues; optimize patient outcomes while ensuring cost effectiveness; monitor medical and nursing compliance and ensure adherence to the hospital's medication use policies and procedures and relevant regulatory agencies. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are foundational for providing layered learning for the Pharmacy Department, creating and participating in educational programs and rotations for pharmacy and technician staff, interns, students and residents. As leaders in their field, specialist are expected to contribute to the advancement of pharmacy practice by participation in professional organizations, publication and presentation of their original research and translation of these practices into their patient care activities. Specialists are expected to be leaders in their respective areas to assure the highest quality and most up to date pharmaceutical care is provided to patients.


  • Provides optimal pharmacy service to patients and other health care professionals by designing, recommending, monitoring, evaluating and documenting patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy
  • Participates in the education of all healthcare providers regarding safe and effective medication use. Precepts pharmacy students, residents and pharmacy staff as assigned. Provides pharmaceutical education to patients and caregivers
  • Verifies, prepares and dispenses medications using appropriate techniques to ensure positive outcomes of drug therapies and compliance with regulatory requirements and the organization’s policies and procedures. Ensures adherence to medication-use policies and guidelines
  • Provides concise, applicable and timely responses to drug information requests from health care providers and patients
  • Participates in the management of medical emergencies
  • Contributes to, participates in, and leads multidisciplinary quality improvement initiatives and clinical research within the pharmacy and/or other institutional departments to improve patient care
  • Supervises and directs the activities and growth of other pharmacists, residents, technicians, interns, and students
  • Works to advance the practice of pharmacy through contributions to the medical and pharmaceutical literature as well as through participation in professional organizations


  1. Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) required
  2. Must be a licensed pharmacist in the state of PA
  3. Must be a board-certified pharmacist
  4. Has completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency and a minimum of three years of pharmacy practice experience in an institutional setting or has completed ASHP-accredited PGY1and PGY2 residencies with one or more years of pharmacy practice experience in an institutional setting

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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