MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Pharmacist -Inpatient (7:00am - 3:30pm) in Houston, Texas

The Division of Pharmacy at MD Anderson Cancer Center strives to be the industry leader in providing premier patient-centered care, based on excellence and innovation in patient care, services, research and education. We strive to ensure safe, effective and cost-conscious medication use and to work with our health care colleagues to promote optimal drug therapy outcomes through the development of integrated, quality programs.

Administrative & Clinical Duties:


•Attend medication diversion conferences as applicable

•Be proficient with the institutional automated medication dispensing cabinets and EHR inventory modules, specifically related to their operational functions and reports generating capabilities

•Coordinate regular meetings with various healthcare personnel to provide continuing education related to medication diversion

•Demonstrate leadership in readily addressing trends/discrepancies consistent with possible medication diversion

•Develop and analyze reports to identify and investigate possible trends and variances, related to medication diversion

•Facilitate the development of action plans that support compliance to institutional standards related to medication diversion

•Provide expertise/education to healthcare personnel related to maintaining institutional compliance with state and federal law in accordance with but not limited to The Texas State Board of Pharmacy, The Drug Enforcement Agency, The Joint Commission Standards, and The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

•Provide timely and accurate follow-up support to healthcare personnel as it relates to medication diversion

•Remain current on any changes to state or federal laws as they relate to medication diversion and communicate with leadership the possible institutional implications of such changes

•Serve an active role on current and future institutional medication diversion related committees/initiatives


Develops and/or maintains an active clinical pharmacy practice/presence on an assigned service(s) or practice area(s).

•Collaborates with medical and nursing staff to optimize the pharmacotherapeutic aspects of patient care.

•Provides timely follow-up on the clinical effects of the medication regimen with adjustments as necessary to achieve optimal outcomes.

•Develops and communicates specific pharmacotherapeutic plans for individual patients.

•Provides accurate and timely medication education.

•Identifies and intervenes appropriately to resolve potential medication problems of all assigned patients.

•Participates in medication review and reconciliation process during assigned patients' transitions of care (admissions, transfers, discharges, and ambulatory appointments).

•Consistently documents clinical activity/interventions appropriately per departmental policies.

•Actively participates in event reporting using UHC Safety Intelligence.

•Participates in medication/treatment plan review, as assigned, and/or based on recognized service needs.

•Appropriately participates in and guides medical staff to comply with institutional standards, initiatives, and guidelines (ie. ABN's, prior authorization requirements, reimbursement optimization, formulary management, REMS programs, drug shortage programs, etc) as appropriate.

•Aligns all patient care activities and project work with departmental and institutional policies, business model/needs, goals, and vision.

•Provides effective medication and practice-related education or counseling to patients and caregiver and documents education in the electronic medical record.

•Provides accurate and timely medication, treatment guidelines, formulary, and other pertinent information to members of the healthcare team.

Core Operational Pharmacy Services

•Provides consistent and optimal pharmacy services that ensure the provision of safe, effective, efficient, and accountable medication-related care for patients as assigned. Including, but not limited to:

•Assures appropriateness of ordered medications.

•Participates in handoff communication process to provide continuity of patient care.

•Identifies and assesses medication orders and laboratory parameters of high-alert medications.

•Utilizes computer resources and clinical information for order verification, medication distribution, medication checking, and medication reconciliation.

•Reviews, clarifies, and verifies medication orders as appropriate.

•Provides a double check for chemotherapy orders post-production/compounding as appropriate.

•Performs administrative duties as assigned (acts as team liaison, coordinates service/ scheduling coverage, project management, recruitment, time management)

Quality Improvement, Education and Professional Development •Participates in medication-related processes to assess, evaluate, maintain and improve the delivery of patient care.

•Actively participates in institutional initiatives to develop, improve and implement patient care tools (ordersets, patient scoring lists, treatment plans, algorithms, clinical initiatives, etc).

•Adheres to regulatory and compliance policies and procedures that govern the profession and scope of practice.

•Critically analyzes own practice, experience, medical literature, and other information resources for the purposes of self-improvement.

•Demonstrates commitment to one's own excellence and ongoing professional development (board certification, leadership training, quality certification, etc).

•Promotes and provides opportunities for the professional development of others and the profession (Medication Diversion CE, mentoring, professional organization involvement, presentations, publications, precepting students/residents, etc.)

Education Required:

Pharm.D. degree.

Employees who meet the following conditions are not required to have a Pharm D. Degree:

1) Actively employed as a Pharmacy Practitioner prior to October 1, 2006 and;

2) Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and;

3)Two years of hospital pharmacy practice experience and;

4) Completion of the Pharmacy Practitioner program.

Experience Required:

Post Graduate Year 1 (Pharmacy Practice) or equivalent clinical experience -OR- completion of the MDACC practitioner training program and three years experience as a staff pharmacist at MDACC.

Preferred Experience:

Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) and experience as a clinical pharmacist.

Certification / Licensure Required:

Eligible to receive a license to practice pharmacy in the State of Texas by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Preferred Certification:

Board Certification in appropriate specialty area - Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ACPE accredited IV Sterile Compounding certification

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 96,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 127,950

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 159,100