Pharmacist, OPD (Temporary)

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


The Outpatient Pharmacy Department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has an immediate opening for a temporary (3-6 months) full-time staff pharmacist. 

The Outpatient Pharmacist I is responsible for the preparation, compounding and dispensing of medications according to the laws, policies and regulations governing pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy.  The Pharmacists are responsible for the optimization of drug therapy by identifying, resolving, and preventing drug-related problems and adverse drug events.

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. 


  • Appropriately dispenses pharmaceuticals, including non-sterile compounds, chemotherapy, biologics, controlled substances, and specialty medications for adult and pediatric patients.
  • Performs quality checks on prescription orders entered by pharmacy technicians; assists technicians with data entry of prescriptions for complex orders.
  • Provides direction to pharmacy technicians to promote operational efficiency (i.e., tech station assignment) and quality of the workflow.
  • Consults with patients regarding medication questions/concerns and instructions as needed.
  • Reviews and evaluates all physicians’ medication orders for completeness and appropriateness prior to dispensing; consults with physicians and nurses to clarify orders as needed.
  • Reviews prescribed drug therapy for contraindications, including but not limited to drug-drug interaction; drug-nutrient interaction; drug-herb interaction; allergies; and the appropriateness of drug and dose.
  • Documents and reports clinical interventions in the safety system; detects and reports adverse drug reactions accurately, in a timely manner and per policy.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


The Outpatient Pharmacist I 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:
No prior experience in hospital pharmacy or retail/specialty pharmacy is required.

Must be licensed to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively work within a collaborative team-focused environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt to changes; accepts additional responsibilities based on the changing needs of the work setting.
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills (ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgement).
  • Ability to resolve typically encountered 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 groups as protected by law. 

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