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Job Summary

Position Description

This position focuses on patients on the Pediatric Surgery (SP) service in the intensive care and general floor settings. The department of Pediatric Surgery provides diagnosis and medical treatment of surgical problems of the neck, chest, extremities, and the abdomen to neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.

The pharmacist will be expected to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team consisting of attending surgeons, pediatric and critical care fellows, physician assistants, dieticians, social workers, residents, interns, and medical students.  Expectations include attending daily rounds, monitoring patients, performing medication reconciliation and discharge counseling as appropriate, weight-adjusting medications, and ensuring safe, effective, and ethical medication use in compliance with hospital, local, state, and federal policies and regulations.  The pharmacist will document activities (i.e. pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation, restricted antibiotic surveillance) daily within the clinical scoring tool and the patients’ medical record, as appropriate.

Areas of emphasis include parenteral nutrition support for pre- and post-operative patients, pain and sedation, antimicrobial stewardship, and management of conditions including, but not limited to:  abdominal wall defects, Hirschsprung’s Disease, short-bowel syndrome, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, intestinal atresia, pediatric solid tumor malignancies, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux, pectus excavatum/carinatum, burn, and trauma.


Basic Function and Responsibility

To provide direct patient care, to assist in the development, implementation, provision, and monitoring of pharmacy services; and to assist in the training of other pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, residents, students and healthcare professionals.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Patient Care (60-100%)

  • Assure the appropriateness of medication therapy through:

    • Review of medication orders for clinical appropriateness based on patient specific conditions and concomitant therapies. 

    • Compound and accurately dispense medications, intravenous solutions and related supplies

    • Formulate, prepare, and maintain quality control of pharmaceutical preparations

    • Check medication preparation and oversee delegated pharmacy services performed by pharmacy technicians

    • Communication with prescribers and providers regarding appropriateness of drug therapy and patient response to therapy.

  • Actively collaborate with the health care team designing, implementing and monitoring patient-specific pharmacotherapy; interviewing patients to obtain medication histories; counseling patients regarding proper drug dosage, administration, usage, and possible side effects; documenting pharmaceutical care activities.

  • Provide assistance as a member of patient care team ensuring accurate medication use and documentation of medication administration in situations such as cardiac arrests.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of new pharmacy services to support the University of Michigan Health System’s goals and objectives.

Education (0-20%)

  • May assist in the development and provision of medication-related educational and training programs.

  • May participate in the didactic education and experiential training of students and residents.

Research (0-20%)

  • May conduct or participate in research, drug use projects, cost reduction/management initiatives, and quality improvement activities consistent with the University of Michigan Health System’s goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Doctor of Pharmacy degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
  • Current licensure as a registered pharmacist by the Michigan State Board of Pharmacy is necessary.
  • Possession of a Michigan Controlled Substances license is necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills (fluency in writing, reading and speaking English).

Graduate/Non-Cert Patient Care Professional Requirements

  • Recent graduation from recognized professional program and evidence of pending Pharmacist licensure with the State of Michigan


Ability to perform a variety of manual dexterity movements, including keyboarding and IV preparation, actively participating in codes. 


Desired Qualifications*

  • Completion of a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is preferred.
  • Board of Pharmacy Specialties certification is preferred.
  • Background in intensive care and/or nutrition support is preferred.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Supervison Received

  • General supervision is received from the assistant director and /or team leader or other designated official.

Supervision Exercised

  • Functional supervision is exercised over pharmacy residents, pharmacy technicians, students, and other staff performing delegated pharmacy services.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed any time after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.