Job Description

Payroll Title:
Inpatient Services
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla Medical Center
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Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hour shifts

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#114833 Med Use Policy & Outcomes Specialist

Initial Review Date: Tue 5/17/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This posting shall remain open until filled.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/12/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Develops and deploys programs to improve medication use activities within UC San Diego Health. This pharmacist collects information and evaluates medication use patterns to identify opportunities to optimize medication use, minimize medication expenses, and identify opportunities to enhance outcomes through systematic medication use practices. A key member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, provides input to medical staff and pharmacy leaders. Collaborates with physicians, pharmacists and other personnel in establishing criteria for the safe, economical and appropriate use of medications.

The incumbent will assist with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, process guidelines, and protocols to ensure the provision of safe, effective and economical pharmacotherapy for all patients within the health system and to support compliance with clinical practice standards Joint Commission and applicable federal, state and local laws and regulatory standards. The incumbent will work with existing system-wide collaborative groups. The incumbent will be responsible for trending drug utilization using internal and external databases to identify opportunities for improving drug utilization and for tracking the impact of changes. Other responsibilities include the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives, identification and implementation of standard processes and tracking and reporting cost savings.

Develops Key Performance Indicators to trend medication use. Develop and report results of cost reduction targets related to medication use and take actions to ensure achievement of targets. This pharmacist also co-precepts residents through medication use projects, serves as Chair of the Pharmacy Department Research Council, and participates in P&T subcommittee activities.


  • Registered Pharmacist - issued by the state of California (RPH).

  • Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and/or Board Certification in Specialty Practice.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm D) or equivalent training.

  • Post graduate year 1 [PGY1] in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent experience.

  • Post graduate year 2 [PGY2] in area of specialty practice or equivalent experience in specialty area.

  • Seven (7+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Experience and proven expertise of pharmaceutical theory in a specialty theory.

  • Knowledge of developments in research and design in area of specialization including new or reformulated products being developed by medical and pharmaceutical researchers.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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