Job Description

Payroll Title:
Inpatient Pharmacy
Hiring Pay Scale
$150,000 - $225,000 / Year
La Jolla Medical Center
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#119555 Pharmacist Specialist (Critical Care)

Extended Review Date: Mon 3/20/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/31/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Clinical Specialist position is responsible for direct patient care, clinical training, and quality initiatives, and recognized as an organization-wide expert in critical care, within the Department of Pharmacy. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the organization. Primary duties will include coordination of clinical operations, provide education and guidance to staff, support training of new staff in area of specialty and management of organization-wide collaboration on quality and regulatory projects. The Specialist will also apply analytical skills to clinical and research information to support patient care. The specialist will also continue to maintain a clinical practice within the inpatient area of specialty, expected to present and provide education and research at regularly scheduled meetings to both internal and external audiences. The specialist may also serve as the Residency Program Director in area of specialty.


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

  • One of the following: Successful completion of a PGY2 specialty residency in the area of specialization + one (1) year of relevant practice; Successful completion of a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency + two (2) years of relevant practice; or four (4) years of dedicated practice if there is no advanced pharmacy training.

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

  • Board Certification in relevant specialty practice.

  • Must have broad hospital therapeutics and clinical pharmacy expertise.

  • Strong presentation experience.

  • Demonstrated record of committee/team participation.

  • Excellent analytical experience working with clinical data.

  • Experience working in a large, complex, healthcare provider organization.

  • Possess the personal characteristics of professionalism, credibility, commitment to high standards, innovation, discriminating judgment, and accountability.


  • Documented record of improvement in and contributions to the respective area of specialty practice through CQI projects, participation in nursing in-services, protocol development, etc.
  • Ongoing appointments to appropriate drug policy and other committees of the organization.
  • A sustained record of contributing to the total body of knowledge in the specialty area of pharmacy practice annually through (1) research, (2) publications in professional journals, and/or (3) presentations at professional meetings.
  • Serving regularly as a reviewer of contributed papers or manuscripts submitted for publication on topics related to the specialty practice.
  • Proven leadership in advancing the profession of pharmacy through active service in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels
  • Demonstrated a commitment to teaching (e.g. through preceptorship, education of medical center staff through clinical forums, grand rounds, etc.)
  • Postgraduate residency training highly desired (PGY1 experience or equivalent clinical experience), PGY2 highly preferred.
  • Clinical pharmacist experience in the inpatient setting highly desired.
  • Leadership experience in either a committee or work team.
  • Medication-use evaluation experience.


  • 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.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $92,600 - $232,200 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $44.35 - $111.21

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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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