Clinical Pharmacy Specialist GI Oncology

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 4-5 days onsite/week


The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in GI oncology is responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services to patients in GI Oncology team and will work closely with physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and pharmacists to provide comprehensive patient care for outpatients. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in GI will also be responsible for counseling patients starting new intravenous and/or oral antineoplastics; performing clinical assessments; performing adherence and toxicity checks for patients on active therapy; answering drug-information questions; reviewing chemotherapy orders for select providers prior to patients going to infusion; and assisting with drug access.

This position’s work location is onsite (Longwood/Chesnut Hill) with up to one day per week remote. The selected candidate may only work remotely from a New England state (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI).  

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. 

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  • Practices as a pharmacist in accordance with all federal, state, DFCI and Joint Commission policies, regulations, and standards.
  • Ensures medication orders and/or prescriptions for appropriateness, accuracy and completeness based on patient-specific parameters and clinical data.
  • Provides clinical consultation and evidenced based recommendations for treatment plans, supportive care, dose adjustments and monitoring plans to clinicians regarding pharmacotherapy needs for patients based on literature, clinical practice guidelines and institutional standards.
  • Collaborates as a member of the pharmacy and interdisciplinary team through patient care related meetings including rounds, huddles, and case conferences as applicable.
  • Provides comprehensive education to patients and caregivers receiving oncology related therapy including participation in the oral anticancer education program and review and maintenance of patient education materials.
  • Documents clinical care activities in the EHR and effectively communicate all changes in care plan to the staff involved in patient care.
  • Participates in scholarly and educational activities according to departmental expectations (e.g., in-services, drug use evaluation, resident precepting, clinical research, quality/process improvement, presents continuing education programs, guideline development).
  • Participates in clinical administrative duties such as pathways, beacon validation and active patient management, formulary request process and presentation to P&T committee(s), evaluate off label/exception review, REMS programs and other departmental or strategic initiatives.
  • Participates in the development of policies, procedures, teaching documents, education and/or monitoring tools, workflow design, and other initiatives that will improve and/or expand the program.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


The Clinical Services Pharmacist II must meet the following requirements to be hired and maintain their position in the Pharmacy Department at DFCI.

Minimum Education:
All Pharmacists require a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of Pharmacy.  

Minimum Experience:
PGY2 residency in area of specialty (preferred) or PGY1 plus 2 years of clinical specialist experience (such as oncology, palliative care, anticoagulation) or 5 years of clinical specialist experience (such as oncology, palliative care, anticoagulation) required.

Must be licensed to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Pharmacists must attain board certification in their specialty area within 18 months of employment.


  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with others inside and outside the department (i.e., patients, providers, other institutions).
  • Ability to effectively work within a collaborative team-focused environment.
  • Ability to use all technology required to perform primary job functions.
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt to changes; accepts additional responsibilities based on the changing needs of the work setting.
  • Ability to accurately assess drug therapeutic appropriateness based on patient-specific parameters and clinical data.
  • Ability to utilize references and/or drug information sources.
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills (ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgement).
  • Ability to resolve common problems within their scope of practice and to escalate appropriately when needed.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply. 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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