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Job Summary

Be a part of the University of Michigan Health-System Department of Pharmacy Services and have a direct impact on our successful efforts for continuous improvement in medication use and patient outcomes!  The Department of Pharmacy is recruiting a Supervisor of Medication Use Policy to improve patient care outcomes by reviewing new medications for formulary inclusion, manage policies, protocols, and guidelines designed to improve the safe, effective, and cost effective use of medications, teach students and residents on all aspects of medication use policy, support pharmacy and therapeutics committee and subcommittee activities, provide health care professional education, and conduct medication use evaluations to ensure compliance with restrictions and other policies.

The target salary range will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


As an integral member of the Pharmacy Department Management team, the Medication Use Policy Supervisor will work closely with Pharmacy leadership, the chair of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, other medical staff committees, physicians and nurses to develop and implement medication use policies which ensures safe and effective medication use.  The Medication Use Policy Supervisor is responsible for managing Medication Use Policy staff and interns, serving as secretary of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, interfacing with medical specialties regarding the medication formulary, medication use standards, medication improvement initiatives, and evidenced based use of pharmaceuticals.  The selected individual will:

  • Lead the formulary management decision-making process, including the development of effective strategies for maintaining drug use within protocols developed by the P&T Committee for both inpatient and ambulatory care drug formularies
  • Develop organizational approaches for optimizing evidence-based, safe and effective medication use
  • Efficiently perform evidence-based scientific evaluation of the medical literature evaluations using information from multiple databases and other sources
  • Serve as the primary clinical pharmacy liaison with respect to drug policy. Liaise with the chair(s) of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, subcommittees, and other key physician, pharmacy, and nursing leaders and committees in ensuring safe and effective medication use policy decisions are made
  • Serve as a primary point of contact in obtaining, clarifying and modeling medication use protocols and guidelines which support the clinical & operational effectiveness of the health-system.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the status of drug restrictions
  • Monitor and implement effective controls to minimize the unnecessary use nonformulary drugs
  • Educate health care professionals using multiple communication methods, such as newsletters, emails, the pharmacy intranet, and other means
  • Help facilitate organizational stewardship in the use of medications
  • Work with electronic medical record pharmacists to optimize the use of clinical decision support tools and order sets to improve medication use process and patient outcomes
  • Apply knowledge of data, data management and data analysis to facilitate strategic decisions

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy with completion of internship
  • Licensure as a Registered Pharmacist in the State of Michigan and 3 to 5 years pharmacy experience (including 1 to 2 years supervisory experience.) 
  • Broad knowledge of pharmacotherapy and medication use within a health-system
  • Excellent organizational, teamwork, interpersonal, time management, consensus-building, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Prior experience completing evidenced-based formulary reviews and/or writing supportive medication evaluations
  • Excellent communication skills (fluency in writing, reading and speaking English)
  • Prior experience presenting clinical information to providers and committees
  • Experience in student and resident education
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software
  • Ability to perform a variety of manual dexterity movements (i.e., keyboard data entry)




Desired Qualifications*

  • Completion of a PGY-2 specialty residency in drug information
  • Prior management and/or supervisory experience
  • Prior experience in formulary management at an integrated health system level
  • Prior clinical pharmacy practice in an acute and/or ambulatory care environment
  • Experience in pharmaceutical outcomes measurement, pharmacoeconomic modeling to determine the impact of medications on health-system costs and patient outcomes, and value based clinical decision making
  • Experience in developing report requirements, retrieving data from large databases, and/or SQL
  • Active involvement with state and national professional associations

Additional Information

Key Outcomes

Successful deployment of this position will be represented by successful presentation of drug monographs, policies, protocols and guidelines at medical staff committees which improve drug efficacy and safety while avoiding unnecessary drug expenses.

Supervision Received

Direct supervision is received from the Assistant Director for Pharmacy Analytics, Quality, Regulatory, and Safety.

Supervision Exercised

Direct supervision is provided to clinical pharmacists, interns and temporary employees and functional supervision is provided to pharmacy students and residents.

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

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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