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Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology--full-time, days--HUP

Job ID: 223932
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.

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Penn Medicine is seeking a full-time, day shift Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

Shift: Day

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is the flagship hospital of Penn Medicine located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Inpatient Pharmacy Department at HUP supports over 950 inpatient beds across both our HUP Main Campus as well as the HUP Pavilion. The HUP Pavilion, opened in October 2021 has over 500 beds and a two floor ED with 24-hour pharmacy services. The Inpatient Pharmacy Department supports a number of clinical service lines including critical care (ED, SICU, MICU, Neuro ICU, CT ICU, CICU, and CCU), surgical (cardiac, thoracic, GI, ENT, neuro, vascular, and urologic), neurology (including an epilepsy monitoring unit), solid organ transplant (heart, lung, liver, kidney), solid oncology, liquid oncology, and hematopoietic cell transplant and cellular therapy, women’s health, neonatal intensive care, and medicine (pulmonary, GI, internal medicine, and advanced medicine). Additionally, pharmacists are an integral part of the medical emergency response team.

The Inpatient Pharmacy Department supports a number of operational areas including 47 operating rooms, sterile compounding in a new sterile compounding suite, and Pharmacy Satellites (ED, Neonatal, OR, and ICU). Our decentralized pharmacy model allows pharmacists to participate in bedside rounds, and communicate with the interdisciplinary teams regarding transitions of care including admission and discharge medication reconciliation. HUP also provides discharge medication services through the MyPennPharmacy (MPP).


  • 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.


  • PA Pharmacist license required.
  • Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Certification in area of specialty practice (or Pharmacotherapy if no specialty certification available) Must be obtained within 1 year of hire.

Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Pharmacy- Bachelor of Science Degree or Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy (required)
  • Personal commitment to advancing the profession.
  • Demonstration of contributions to pharmacy practice and leadership skills
  • Successful completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency OR As a licensed pharmacist in a hospital pharmacy with >50% of time in area of specialty.
  • Successful completion of a PGY2 Specialty Residency preferred. Preferably in area of specialty practice they are applying for OR As a licensed pharmacist in a hospital pharmacy with >50% of time spent in area of specialty

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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