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Hospital Pharmacists Play Bigger Role in Patient Care

Hospital Pharmacists Play Bigger Role in Patient Care

By Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer

With just two years’ experience, O’Neill foresees a career path in which he moves up to clinical coordinator or clinical manager in a few years, then possibly to director of patient care — a route similar to that of pharmacists who treat adults.

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Salary: $67,860 - $119,480
Min. Education: Doctorate
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In 1991, Goldman left a position as clinical specialist in infectious diseases at the Cleveland VA Medical Center for a similar role at The Cleveland Clinic. He rose through the ranks, and in his current position, he’s responsible for clinical pharmacy services, research and teaching.

Goldman supervises a 35-person staff, consisting mostly of pharmacists. In addition to acute-care clinical services for inpatients and ambulatory clinical services for outpatients, he is responsible for the drug information center, which manages the hospital’s formulary and answers drug information questions from healthcare professionals. His research includes investigational drug services, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, and drug-utilization quality projects.

As part of their teaching duties, Goldman and his staff supervise pharmacy students on rotation from local universities; teach pharmacology at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine; and speak to the Clinic’s medical staff and residents on pharmacology, therapeutics and cost-effective drug therapy. They even launched a pharmacology curriculum at the Clinic’s new Lerner College of Medicine.

Clinic pharmacists work as traditional staff pharmacists, clinical staff pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists. Most clinical pharmacy specialists have completed specialized residencies and are more involved in research and education.

New grads coming in as clinical staff pharmacists typically receive an orientation and training for the first six to 12 months, then complete a core curriculum to learn additional clinical functions. They can pursue a concentration in areas such as ICU, oncology or internal medicine. Alternatively, they can diverge into an administrative role or, for more direct patient contact, move laterally into ambulatory care.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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