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Pharmacy Clinical Specialist I - Days

Job Ref: 26205

Talent Area: Pharmacy

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Area/Department: Pharmacy

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F; with variable coverage for weekends and holidays.

Company Profile

Since 1998, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. With 243 licensed beds, 20 operating rooms and over 1,900 employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

Job Summary

SUMMARY:  The Clinical Specialist I performs fundamental clinical pharmacy duties enabling the delivery of optimal pharmacotherapy to patients and facilitates safe, efficacious, and pharmacoeconomically rational use of medications in the population(s) served.  This involves daily reactive and targeted proactive medication regimen reviews of targeted medication therapies and patients within designated area(s) of responsibility. Supports the delivery of pharmacy managed protocols, formulary processes and medication reconciliation activities while providing education to fellow pharmacists, nursing, medical staffs, and others inside and outside the department. The Clinical Specialist I precepts pharmacy students on advance clinical pharmacy practice experiences. Contributes to fulfilling the department’s mission by collaborating to provide innovative, personalized, cost effective pharmaceutical care in a culture dedicated to quality and safety.



PEOPLE – 20%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. (EF)

  2. Serves as a mentor for staff pharmacists I and II supporting clinical and skill advancement. Serves as a preceptor for students from the affiliated colleges of pharmacy. (EF)


  1. Provides pharmaceutical care in designated practice area(s) to patients from a fundamental to advanced level. Activities include, but are not limited to, proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, providing drug information, patient counseling, management of pharmacist-based dosing protocols. (EF)

  2. Processes all orders/requests accurately and efficiently, verifying appropriateness of all drugs in reference to the patient’s diagnosis, allergies, height and weight.Exercises good judgment in patient care decisions per performance standard and documents patient care activities and patient outcomes as impacted by pharmaceutical care and clinical interventions. (EF)

  3. Serves as a member on one or more Medical Staff Committees and actively contributes to accomplishing the goals of the committee or subcommittee. (EF)


  1. Collaborates with other health care professionals to manage patient’s drug therapy for effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, toxicities, drug interactions, and incompatibilities following guidelines for formulary management and clinical intervention tools. (EF)

  2. Participates in internal HM and departmental quality management initiatives for reporting purposes such as but not limited to: medication use evaluations, adverse drug reactions and medication error reporting, clinical interventions, medication center reviews, and inventory management documentation and reporting. (EF)


  1. Contributes to the provision of pharmacoeconimically sound medication therapy by upholding HM Formulary standards in area(s) of responsibility. (EF)

  2. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize tasks for self and for specialty area of focus. (EF)


  1. Participates in research projects to advance the pharmacy department’s goals and the pharmacy profession. Submits research and scholarly work for publication, platform presentations, and/or poster presentations. (EF)

  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Clinical Specialist I. (EF)

  3. Presents in-services for pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staff members in area(s) of responsibility.Develops educational materials and provides educational programs for the pharmacy staff and other hospital personnel.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.  Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree

  • Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) residency training program or equivalent experience


  • Completion of residency program as defined above; or a minimum of 3 years clinical practice experience


  • Texas Pharmacist License or eligible for Texas Pharmacist License- must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment

  • American Heart Association BLS within 90 days of employment

  • American Heart Association ACLS certification within 90 days of employment

  • American Heart Association PALS within 90 days of employment for pharmacists regularly assigned to respond to code blue events (See manager for details and tracking certification information)

  • Texas Preceptor Certification within 90 days of employment

  • Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) and horizontal and/or vertical use Certification within 90 days of employment (*If verifying and/or preparing any sterile product- See manager for details and tracking certification information)

  • Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute Certificate within 90 days of employment (See manager for details and tracking information)


  • Must be familiar with the Body Substance Isolation and Blood Borne Pathogen guidelines

  • Must be familiar with the OSHA guidelines for the safe handling of cytotoxic and hazardous substances

  • Must satisfy the Hazard Communications Act requirements

  • Must be able to work in an environment with high levels of potential latex exposure.

  • Must be able to use standard office and pharmaceutical equipment

  • Rotating evening and weekends may be required

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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