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Pharmacist Mental Health Clinic

Company name
United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Case Management, Counseling, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Disability

Posted on
May 28, 2020

Valid Through
Sep 10, 2020

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This position serves as a Primary Care Pharmacist in the Mental Health (MH) Clinic at the Washington DC VA Medical Center developing, implementing and maintaining a pharmaceutical care consultative practice while evaluating a wide variety of patients in assigned primary care areas and making appropriate recommendations on drug therapy and providing direct and indirect patient care, patient teaching, medication reconciliation and overall medication management.,educationRequirements: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: 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:,employmentType:FULL_TIME,hiringOrganization:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration,jobLocation:[{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Washington,addressRegion:DC }}],responsibilities:Major Duties include but are not limited to:

\tProviding educational consultation related to pharmaceutical/medical management related to both the medical and psychiatry needs of the patient;
\tCoordinating, developing, managing and controlling the pharmacy practice programs for Behavioral Health Service Line;
\tUtilizing various techniques to coordinate/participate in an effective clinical pharmacy/primary care program;
\tUtilizing and maintaining drug information service to serve the hospital/medical staff in both a centralized and decentralized consultation;
\tServing as a member and/or consultant to professional committees and other clinical/administrative committee;
\tProviding clinical pharmacy services to the acute inpatient psychiatry and other medical center patients;
\tAttending and participating in the multidisciplinary meetings;
\tProviding pharmaceutical services to focus on therapeutic drug monitoring;
\tAnalyzing medication regimens;
\tInterviewing and educating patients;
\tServing as therapeutic consultant to the medical staff;
\tCounseling patients concerning their medications; and
\tCoordinating with and supporting the unit dose drug distribution system.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses (aka Travel Expenses): Not Authorized,qualifications:Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

VA Health Professional Trainee Program participants may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Documentation of participation in VA Health Professions Trainee program (e.g., SF-50 or VA letter) is required, if applicable.

Basic Requirements:

\tUnited States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
\t\tGraduate 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 through their Web site at: (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) ~OR~
\t\tGraduates 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 and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
\tEnglish Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation since June 7, 2012 are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.

Preferred Experience: Mental Health experience is preferred.

Grade Determinations.
GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)
Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of professional pharmacist experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 (developmental) grade level or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. (Transcript required if using education to qualify.)
Assignment. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

\tKnowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
\tAbility to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
\tKnowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
\tSkill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References: Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Work requires repetitive use of hands, moderate lifting, walking, reaching above head, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, pulling, lifting/carrying of light items (up to 15 pounds), including boxes and equipment, and coordination for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Normal range of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. Must possess emotional and mental stability. Must be able to work closely with others.

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