Clinical Pharmacist – Heart and Lung Transplant Specialist

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The University Of North Carolina Hospital Department of Pharmacy’s Acute Care Services Team has an immediate opening for a highly motivated individual interested in providing clinical pharmaceutical care to our adult heart and lung transplant patients.

The Clinical Pharmacist will work in a multidisciplinary environment alongside our adult heart and lung transplant services to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to inpatients at UNC Hospitals. This position will provide care for all index heart and lung transplant patients and provide consult services for readmitted heart and lung transplant patients. This position must: provide pharmaceutical care to patients to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes; promote cost-effective drug therapy; promote cooperative work environment by utilizing communication skills, interpersonal relationships and team building; assist with verification and dispensing of medication orders; provide assistance in educating other health care professionals in regards to pharmacotherapy; participate in multidisciplinary and cross-service drug therapy management plans; and assist in developing and implementing treatment protocols in order to improve patient care. This individual will play an active role in the continued development of the transitions of care process, primarily focusing on medication reconciliation and patient counseling. In addition, this person will work closely with other members of the Department of Pharmacy to address any needs that might arise and that require this person’s qualifications and / or expertise. There are also opportunities to precept pharmacy students as a part of the institution’s relationship with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The hours of this position will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm with a weekend rotation. These hours may change if needed based on operational needs.

Qualified candidates will have earned a BS in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school/college of pharmacy and must be licensed or eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of North Carolina. The designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or Board Certified Transplant Pharmacist (BCTXP) and completion of a PGY1 or PGY2 residency in transplant or an equivalent level of pharmacy experience is also preferred.

Contact Information: Laura Sipkes, PharmD, Clinical Manager, University of North Carolina Hospitals. Email:


1. Receives prescriptions, interprets prescriptions, and reviews the patient’s medication profile /history. Clarifies incomplete, inaccurate, or contraindicated prescriptions with the prescriber, nurse, or other health professional, as appropriate. Identifies and intervenes on problems related to the medication needs of the patient.
2. Utilizes and analyzes patient data to provide optimal drug therapy recommendations. Assesses the patient’s medication therapy regimen and makes appropriate clinical interventions with the provider. Performs protocol-driven clinical services such as IV to oral dosing, stewardship activities, etc
3. Compounds and oversees the preparation and dispensing of medications including sterile products using standard formulas, processes and procedures as required.
4. Complies with the medication formulary, and therapeutic substitution and other programs designed to optimize drug therapy while minimizing cost as required.
5. Completes required documentation such as notations in the medical record, controlled substances documentation, cash register reconciliation, competency, etc. as required.
6. Counsels patients and appropriate family members regarding pharmaceutical care issues as requested or required.
7. Directs workflow of the shift and supervises pharmacy technicians, students, and/or volunteers present during that shift.
8. Adheres to federal, state, local and institutional policies, procedures, standards and regulations.
9. Identifies and participates in process improvement opportunities.
10. Precepts students, residents and participates in training new pharmacy staff as required.


Education Requirements:
● PharmD or BS Pharmacy Degree
Licensure/Certification Requirements:
● Active pharmacist licensure with the NC Board of Pharmacy or obtainable before initiation of employment. Recent graduates of ACPE-accredited colleges/schools of pharmacy may fill this role while pending initial pharmacist licensure, but are subject to limitations mandated by the NC Board of Pharmacy and must obtain licensure within 6 months of orientation or sooner if required for operations.
Professional Experience Requirements:
● No prior experience required.
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:


Job Details
Legal Employer: STATE

Entity: UNC Medical Center

Organization Unit: Pharmacy Decentral Services

Work Type: Full Time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Salary Range: $49.75 – $71.50 per hour (Hiring Range)

Pay offers are determined by experience and internal equity

Work Assignment Type: Onsite

Work Schedule: Day Job

Location of Job: US:NC:Chapel Hill

Exempt From Overtime: Exempt: Yes


This is a State position employed by UNC Health Care System.

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