Kaiser Permanente Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in Honolulu, Hawaii

Consults with pharmacy leadership, physicians and interdisciplinary team members on the development, implementation and utilization of approved protocols to provide pharmaceutical care. Manages the development and/or implementation of regional drug initiatives or other formulary management activities. Serves as a primary preceptor for the pharmacy student and residency program. Provides pharmaceutical care by performing various patient-focused clinical, educational, informative, and distributive functions in ambulatory care as an interdisciplinary team member in support of patients, practitioners, and ancillary staff. Ensures appropriate, cost-effective drug utilization while maintaining and enhancing patient care.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides pharmaceutical care services for defined high risk patient populations. Ensures continuity of pharmaceutical care and optimal utilization of resources to and from acute and ambulatory patient-care settings. Collaborates with inpatient/outpatient pharmacist or established Regional disease management program(s) for follow-up with high-risk discharges. Analyzes requestor's drug information need; employs systematic, efficient, and thorough procedure for retrieving drug information or enlists available resources; formulates response; follows up consistently on drug information recommendations and assesses effectiveness. Performs drug regimen reviews for members as warranted; assesses patients where necessary and communicates information to physician. Researches and organizes patient-specific information; documents patient medication histories; recommends or reviews laboratory tests to assess patient response to drug therapy; identifies medication therapy problems as appropriate. Provides oversight for functions and activities of support personnel to assure responsibilities are performed in accordance with scope of practice and applicable procedures. Adapts effective strategies for communicating with non-English speaking patients or those who are otherwise impaired (e.g., blind, deaf, cognitively impaired, illiterate).

  • Recommends pharmacotherapeutic regimens and corresponding monitoring plans to prescribers in way that is systematic, logical, and secures consensus from prescriber and patient; utilizes patient interview/assessment skills, current literature-supported evidence and practices, drug initiative information, and established protocols. Designs appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimens; integrates patient-specific disease and drug information, current practice standards, ethical issues, and quality-of-life issues, and pharmacoeconomic principles. Monitors data and modifies pharmacotherapeutic plans as necessary. Documents pharmaceutical care activities in patients' medical records or clinical information system.

  • Designs effective medication-use education for patients and caregivers; provides one-on-one counseling to patients and caregivers, including information on drug therapy, adverse effects, compliance, appropriate use, and handling. Provides patient-specific verbal or written consultations, including pharmacotherapy and pharmacokinetic, to healthcare practitioners. May perform limited physical examinations, such as blood pressure and glucose measurement, for the purpose of providing medication management services. Participates in designing, reviewing, monitoring, or researching clinical drug trials as needed.

  • Takes leadership role in development, implementation, and coordination of regional, hospital, or hospital-based drug initiatives or other formulary management activities. Participates, as appropriate, in development and/or implementation of regional drug initiatives or other formulary management activities. Participates in establishing disease state management protocols in coordination with HPMG physicians, Clinic Nursing, Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee.

  • Participates in monitoring and improving relevant outcome measures and/or quality improvement indicators; defines quality improvement processes; develops measures to monitor, assures safety and appropriateness. Leads regional medication management and formulary education programs to promote appropriate, cost-effective prescribing. Participates in task forces, lecture programs and skills certification for patients, providers, pharmacy staff, and support staff at departmental, Regional, national, and international levels as warranted. Establishes relationships with physicians and facility leaders to successfully partner on drug therapy issues; balances cost and quality issues. Participates in didactic or clerkship education of pharmacy students, and/or serves as preceptor of residents as warranted.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Licensed pharmacists who have completed a PGY1 residency OR PGY2 residency OR Pharmacy Fellowship OR licensed pharmacists who have not completed a PGY1 residency but must demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities expected of one who has completed a PGY1 residency and have a minimum of three years of pharmacy practice experience upon hire.


  • Graduate from an accredited pharmacy college recognized by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

  • Completion of an emergency contraception training course approved by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), curriculum-based programs from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy, applicable state or local health department programs, or programs recognized by the board of pharmacy upon date of hire.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid Hawaii Pharmacist license (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State licensure) upon date of hire.

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) certification offered by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) OR successful attainment of BCPS or BCACP** certification within 3 (three) years after date of hire.

  • Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist = Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy or Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

  • Inpatient = Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy

  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification upon date of hire.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of related federal, state and local regulations and accreditation requirements including The Joint Commission standards and ability to safely handle and/or prepare various pharmaceutical compounds (e.g., chemotherapeutic agents, biologicals).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from a school recognized by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education.


TITLE: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

LOCATION: Honolulu, Hawaii


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.