Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Pharmacist #2

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Pharmacotherapy Specialist in our Corporate Services Department.

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As an integral member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacotherapy Specialist plays a key role in establishing initiatives that foster improved antimicrobial use, lower antimicrobial resistance, increased patient safety and cost-savings across all sites of the University Health Network and Sinai Health. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacotherapy Specialist will work with the ASP Team to establish guidelines that ensure appropriate antimicrobial therapy including: antibiotic prophylaxis, establishing guidance for empiric antimicrobial therapy, optimizing antimicrobial therapy associated with a definite diagnosis, optimizing antimicrobial dose and route of administration as well as duration of antimicrobial therapy. You will work in collaboration with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Infectious Disease physicians and our inter-professional stakeholders to provide implementation strategies for initiatives including: education to hospital staff, prospective and retrospective evaluation of ongoing compliance and provide feedback. You will assist in ongoing antimicrobial and drug surveillance reporting, and you will participate in antimicrobial utilization quality initiatives in conjunction with the hospital’s continuous quality improvement initiatives. With your experience and knowledge of research methodology you identify opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship and inter-professional research activities. As a leader, you will be responsible for providing education and feedback to pharmacists and physicians regarding appropriate use of antimicrobial agents and represent the ASP at the local, provincial and national level.The Pharmacotherapy Specialist is responsible for supervising University of Toronto PharmD students during clinical rotations as well as undergraduate and residency programs; perform cross-functional responsibilities and cross-coverage with Sinai Health as it relates to ASP activities; perform other duties and assume responsibilities consistent with the job classification. The successful candidate should have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and be adept at adapting to various work environments. The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, creative, and can work independently and as a member of an inter-professional team. Individuals applying for this position should have an advanced degree with infectious disease training or equivalent clinical experience.


  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from an accredited program of study required
  • Completion of post-graduate Pharmacy degree (e.g. clinical Master’s degree or Doctor of Pharmacy) required
  • Advanced clinical degree with infectious disease training or equivalent clinical experience required
  • Active registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists required
  • Minimum of three (3) years of hospital experience required
  • Previous antimicrobial stewardship experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in applying change management frameworks

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTED DATE: August 20, 2020 CLOSING DATE: September 3, 2020

Posting # 862151

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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