Allied Health Careers in Pharmacy at Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine relies on the skills and dedication of its pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In turn, it offers them outstanding professional development opportunities to elevate their careers. Employees at Penn Medicine are part of one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the nation. This is a progressive health system that values clinical skills and abilities as employees practice in collaboration with renowned medical teams to provide pharmacotherapeutic care for patients with a wide variety of disorders.
Working through a decentralized model, clinical pharmacists within Penn Medicine have abundant opportunities to impact patient outcomes. Collecting, synthesizing and interpreting relevant information about a patient's disease state and drug therapy, they define and prioritize all actual and drug-related problems.
Working with a multidisciplinary team, they establish a desired outcome for each problem and determine feasible alternatives and then choose the best pharmacotherapeutic solution, individualize the therapy regime and monitor and measure the success of the outcomes. Those who join Penn are members of an elite group with the opportunity to teach and train new pharmacists, residents and students along with in-services for nursing and pharmacy staff.
As a pharmacy technician, they practice in collaboration with the medical team to provide pharmaceutical care for patients and give direct support to the pharmacists, physicians and nurses in preparing medications for patients of all ages. This is a high-tech, fast-paced environment where they play an integral part in providing optimal pharmacy service(s) for patients and other health care professionals.
With the support and leadership these disciplines receive, careers develop a dimension of skill that enables employees to practice with increasing autonomy and growing recognition for their accomplishments. Being aligned with a strong teaching and learning environment also presents ample opportunities for them to learn new things on a daily basis.
Allied health careers in pharmacy are available at the following Penn Medicine entities:
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
- Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
- Pennsylvania Hospital
- Penn Home Care & Hospice Services
Whichever entity that they choose, employees enjoy the camaraderie and support of a prestigious institution, as well as a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes prepaid tuition assistance that is among the best in the region.
Clinical pharmacists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are highly knowledgeable and thrive in a culture of teamwork, and collaboration with other health care professionals. They work in a decentralized model on the patient care units, integrating service and clinical management and having a direct impact on patients.
Working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a positive attitude coupled with a high level of motivation are important while focusing on the excellent care for which the hospital is known. This is a dynamic environment with diverse challenges that inspire learning along a career ladder that is designed to reward pharmacists for their professional growth activities.
Working with automated state-of-the-art technology and a high degree of computer support, pharmacists provide a wide range of treatments for various departments including oncology, transplant, cardiology, neurology and the intensive care nursery. Pharmacy employees are members of an elite group with the opportunity to teach and train new pharmacists, residents and students along with in-services for our nursing and pharmacy staff.
Armed with a unique body of knowledge, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center pharmacists are relied upon as educators and serve as a resource to pharmacy technicians, residents, students and other health care professionals.
The pharmacy management team is comprised of a director, assistant director, inpatient pharmacy manager and outpatient pharmacy manager and over 50 employees who adhere to a mission of ensuring the provision of safe and optimal medication therapy to achieve positive patient outcomes.
Pharmacists perform a myriad of duties including critical care pharmacotherapy, developing, implementing, evaluating and participating in scientifically valid and ethically designed studies, and monitoring, assessing and making necessary adjustments to departmental operations to insure quantity and quality of pharmaceutical care services. Pharmacists also maintain effective operational control over the area of practice, possess and exhibit practical, technical and academic knowledge sufficient to successfully manage area of practice, and provide a structured learning environment for pharmacy residents and students.
Working through a computerized physician order entry system, Pyxis 3500 Platform with Profile, Penn Presbyterian pharmacists dispense all intravenous and oral medications throughout the hospital setting. They also provide medications to ancillary areas (such as respiratory and radiology) and the physician practices. Penn Presbyterian's outpatient pharmacies serve employees, discharged patients and patients seen in the clinical practices.
Working though a centralized and decentralized RPh structure that is supported by ADMs, central pharmacy and central lV admixture laboratory, Pennsylvania Hospital's pharmacy is an ideal environment for learning and growth opportunities. Continually evolving, employees find leading-edge technology and resources beneficial to provide concise, applicable, and timely responses to requests for drug information from health-care providers and patients.
As part of an excellent interdisciplinary team, pharmacy employees design, recommend, monitor, and evaluate patient and age-specific pharmacotherapy along with providing medication-use education to patients and caregivers. Additionally, they maintain accurate patient profiles, monitor and help manage drug therapies in order to achieve positive patient outcomes.
Pharmacists with Pennsylvania Hospital find a culture where their input is valued. They are involved in hospital pharmacy at the local and state level, which keeps them informed and updated with all regulatory agencies, standards of care and technology. They also stay current with any changes within the CDC, emergency preparedness requests, CMS and J-code reimbursements, and all current information is disseminated to pharmacy staff. By joining Pennsylvania Hospital they find a department with high standards, respect for their efforts and flexible schedules to ensure a work-life balance.
Pharmacists at Penn Home Care & Hospice Services and Penn Home Infusion Therapy are trained in infusion. A pharmacist is available 24 hours a day. Penn Medicine nurses undergo up to three months of customized orientation. Each member of the care team is well equipped to assess, educate and care for infusion patients.
In addition to providing education and care, Penn Home Infusion Therapy closely monitors the patient's clinical status, dosage frequency and treatment efficiency. The expertise and extensive experience of the care team allows it to identify, communicate and respond to any changes in patients' status related to applied therapies.
Penn Home Infusion Therapy is dedicated to compassionate care, and clinical and educational excellence. In order to promote these ideals, Penn Medicine maintains an active quality improvement program to continue the tradition of exceptional care and patient satisfaction.