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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist (Inpatient)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ZY-13-AM-937872

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$93,429.00 to $121,450.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Orlando, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 937872

Our Mission:To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes a 120-bed Community Living Center, a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program, Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City.A new inpatient facility is currently under construction in southeast Orange County and is expected to open in 2014.The new 65-acre campus medical campus will have 134-inpatient beds and provide acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.Additionally the 120-bed Community Living Center and 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program will re-locate to the new campus.The Orlando VAMC is located in East-Central Florida, a family-oriented area with many local entertainment attractions, outdoor activities, beautifully landscaped communities, and some of the best primary schools, colleges and universities in the state.Florida is recognized for its warm, sunny climate, beautiful beaches, abundant housing options, and no state income tax. The Orlando VAMC is associated with the University of Central Florida and other local community colleges, with active affiliations in allied health programs such as Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical/Occupational Therapy.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

A Personal Note to Our Valued Candidates: VAMC Orlando is committed to providing the highest quality care to our Veteran patients. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining employees with natural talent as it relates to a customer and total quality care focus. VAMC Orlando utilizes various tools to identify qualifications and natural talent, to include a manual review of experience, education and credentials, as well as an online questionnaire for clinical and non-clinical positions, and talent-based telephone interviews of candidates who serve as professional healthcare providers, and leaders, to include those at the executive-level at our healthcare facility. Applicants who are found qualified or identified as among the best qualified for a position, may be asked to participate in a natural-talent assessment as part of the hiring process; therefore, we ask that you provide us with an email address you check daily to ensure you receive and respond to our invitation timely. Please include this email address on your application materials. Thank you for considering employment with VAMC Orlando. 

The incumbent for this position maybe eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


  • Random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • US citizenship
  • Subject to one year probationary period.


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The Clinical Pharmacist serves as a representative of the Pharmacy Service in a variety of positions throughout the Healthcare System.  The incumbent has full time responsibility for providing pharmaceutical care to optimize patient response and resource utilization for professional staff. 

The clinical Pharmacist is a license professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. 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. The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.

The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through: evaluation of the appropriateness of a drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and provision of drug information.

Subsequent to establishment of working diagnosis and initial treatment plan by the patient's provider(s) and in accordance with accepted standards of practice or the pharmacological management guidelines established by the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP), the incumbent in this position carries out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Interviews patients to determine medication history for potential drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, efficacy of current medication regimens, compliance patterns and/or drug reactions and acts to resolve identified problems.
  • Reviews available medication profiles for appropriateness, contraindications to drug use/misuse/abuse, compliance, patient education needs, therapeutic duplication, poly-pharmacy, allergies, adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions and cost-minimization, making recommendations to the provider when necessary. 
  • Identifies drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient and communicates these findings to the patient's Primary Care Physician.
  • Ensures safe and appropriate distribution of medications with the Pharmacy Service ward stock, automated dispensing units and ambulatory care medication management systems.
  • Assures that all aspects of drug control, drug accountability and drug security are in accordance with local medical center policies and other applicable VA, FDA, DEA, state and federal regulations.
  • Assesses and provides for the educational needs of the patient and family to help ensure that pharmaceutical outcome goals are met.
  • Monitors therapy on an ongoing basis to assess therapeutic outcomes, adverse effects and compliance.
  • Analyzes laboratory data to rule out drug interferences.
  • Appropriately reschedules/refers patients to Primary or Specialty Care.
  • Adjusts medications by discontinuing and/or generating new/renewed prescriptions for items other than controlled substances with the verbal or written of the physician or authorized prescriber.
  • Takes appropriate measures to ensure that therapy is continued for those patients who are followed at the Orlando VA Medical Center, its affiliated clinics and at other VA facilities.
  • Performs any duties and special projects deemed necessary by the Chief, Pharmacy Service, for the proper operation of the Pharmacy Service.
  •  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: The candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and /or locations if necessary within the Orlando VAMC system. Every effort will be made to try to keep their clinical work at the site for which they were hired to work. The candidate may need to provide clinical services off tour and will be required to receive critical messages no matter where or when your primary site and tour are.
Position Description Title/PD#: Clinical Pharmacist (Inpatient)
Promotion Potential: Position is at full performance level.










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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Qualifications:

·         You must be a citizen or national of the United States of America.

·         You must be proficient in spoken and written English.

·         You must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a state, territory, commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

·         Highly preferred applicants will have successfully completed a Post Graduate Year 1 ASHP Accredited Residency.

For the GS-12: One year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-11; or, for research positions, completion of all the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related scientific field. You must have successfully completed a graduate degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. This finding may be based on any of the following: (a) a letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE; (b) written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination; (c) a letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

You must have completed 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited residency.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

·         Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.

·         Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

·         Skill in reconciling medications across transitions of care (admission/discharge/transfer) and effectively communicating those changes to the accepting discipline.

·         Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care.

·         Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

·         Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions.

·         Ability to communicate medication plan to patients/family members/care givers in an effective, comprehensive manner.

·         Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully.Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and education are subject to verification by investigation. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or education as proof to support your answers, or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

In describing your experience please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.



Completion of a 6-year Pharm.D. or formal post-baccalaureate (M.S., Pharm.D.) hospital oriented degree program recognized by ACPE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Please refer to Required Documents section.




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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

·         Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

·         Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

·         Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

·         Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

·         Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, step parents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

·         Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Basis of Rating:  Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered.  Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications.  Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process.  Please consult the PBI web site at for further information.  Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection. 

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.       

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process please notify Ana Majano, Human Resources Specialist, at 321-646-6741.  Decisions to approve reasonable accommodation requests are made on a case-by-case basis.  Applications submitted outside of the automated application process may not be considered unless an accommodation to the application process has been granted.  All application materials must be received by the end of the day on the closing date of this announcement to be considered. 
Management reserves the right to use alternate, e.g. non-competitive methods for filling these vacancies.
Selected candidates must be willing to work flexible schedules or to be reassigned to other duty locations within VAMC Orlando (outpatient clinics, new medical center in Lake Nona, etc.).


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete a (see "required documents" section below).  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  TAG:Thursday, September 05, 2013

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note:  To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:View Occupational Questionnaire,
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG:937872.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following is a list of required documents: 

  1. Resume
  2. Most recent Performance Appraisal
  3. Copy of current Pharmacy license
  4. VA Form 2850C referencing the vacancy announcement number for this position.
  5. SF-50 (if applicable.  To be considered, you MUST provide your most current SF-50 with current pay grade and step.)
  6. OF-306
  7. Transcripts (Unofficial)
  8. Member Copy 4 of DD-214 (if applicable)
  9. SF-15 (if applicable)
  10. For applicants claiming veterans' preference, a copy of the Service-connected Disability Letter (if applicable)      

*** Application materials will not be accepted by e-mail.   Failure to include these documents could result in non-selection for referral to Selecting Official.***



Julissa Jimenez
Phone: (321)397-6735
TDD: (800)829-4833
Agency Information:
VHA Orlando VAMC
Orlando VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL


Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. You will receive up to (4) written notifications relating to your application status throughout the life of this recruitment action.  They are:

1.      When we receive your application.

2.      Whether you are qualified.

3.      Whether you were referred to the selecting official for consideration.

4.      Final outcome - whether you were selected, etc.   

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