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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Fayetteville, AR

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




Arkansas (AR)

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The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) position will be located in Fayetteville, AR within Pharmacy Service at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks (VHSO). The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (CPS) will work with Primary Care as part of a PACT team which is ambulatory care in our outpatient setting.

The CPS is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The CPS functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) to directly care for patients. The primary function of a CPS is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following: evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information.

The CPS will:

Play a defined role in budgetary execution, including involvement in Lost Opportunity Cost initiatives and other duties as assigned.

Serve as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.

Apply standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report:

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist/000000 Basic Requirements

: United States Citizenship:

Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


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: . (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) 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 (TOEFL iBT).


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.

Physical Requirements.

Refer to requirements section of this announcement

English Language Proficiency.

Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Grade Determinations

GS-13 Clinical Pharmacist Specialist:


In addition to the above basic requirements: Applicants must have 1 year experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12 level). Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level of federal service which is defined as those who have functioned at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients.

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.

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Examples of such experience includes: Conducting comprehensive medication history for and assessing the outcome of patients and performs medication reconciliation; Ordering, performing, reviewing and analyzing appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies to monitor and support participant's medication therapy; Recommending medication adjustments according to the prescribing strategy for the assigned treatment; Collecting and reporting Adverse Drug Reactions and Adverse Events; Developing and conducting educational programs for facility pharmacy and/or research staff; Participating in preparation of manuscripts, posters and presentations of research findings; Following established policies and procedures in prioritizing requests for reports and day to day activities to researchers and other customers.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

4. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.


Prefer board certification in oncology or ASHP residency.


VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated JUNE 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements:

Light lifting and carrying under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulders, standing, near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4, and hearing without aid.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume:

Your resume must have the following information for each position you have held: job title, duties, dates of employment including month and year (start/end dates), and full time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week. (Required).

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations:

(Available at ) (Required).

3. Responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire.

4. Copy of PTCB Certification (Required).


DD214 (Required if claiming Veteran's Preference).


Other Veteran Documents (Required if claiming Veteran's Preference).


SF-15 - Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Required if claiming Veteran's Preference).

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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