Senior Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Pharmacotherapy Specialist (ASP PS)
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Across our three hospitals and eight satellite sites, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is shaping the
future of care. Our many programs and services are designed around the needs of one of Canada’s most
vibrant and diverse communities. We are home to North America’s largest nephrology program, as well
as the designated cardiac care and spine centre for Scarborough and surrounding communities to the
east. We are proud to be a community-affiliated teaching site for the University of Toronto and partner
with a number of other universities and colleges, helping to train the next generation of health care
professionals. Learn more at shn.ca
The Senior Pharmacist - Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Pharmacotherapy Specialist (ASP PS) is an
integral member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) and a practice leader in establishing
corporate initiatives that foster appropriate and cost-effective antimicrobial use, reduce antimicrobial
resistance, and enhance patient safety across the Scarborough Health Network.
The ASP PS will work with ASP and Pharmacy Services to establish guidelines that ensure appropriate
antimicrobial therapy including: antibiotic prophylaxis, guidance for empiric antimicrobial therapy,
optimizing antimicrobial therapy associated with a definite diagnosis, optimizing antimicrobial dose,
route of administration and duration of therapy based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic
In collaboration with ASP and other hospital departments/programs, the ASP PS will provide
implementation strategies for initiatives to optimize antimicrobial use that may include: prospective and
retrospective evaluation of ongoing compliance and provide feedback, in conjunction with the hospital’s
continuous quality improvement initiatives. The ASP PS will assist ASP in antimicrobial resistance
surveillance, antimicrobial use evaluation and reporting. The ASP PS will be responsible for providing
education and feedback to pharmacists and physicians regarding appropriate use of antimicrobial agents
supported by evidence-based medicine and best practice guidelines.
• Completion of a Bachelor’s degree program in pharmacy, or recognized equivalent.
• Advanced clinical degree such as a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
• Active registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
• Infectious disease training or equivalent clinical experience (e.g. pharmacy fellowship program).
• Minimum five years of relevant pharmacy experience.
• Self-motivated, can work independently and has excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with
• Demonstrates leadership skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skill required.
• Strong critical thinking and critical appraisal skills.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills required.
• Knowledge of research, statistical and analytical methodologies.
• Strong computer skills and demonstrates understanding of health information systems and computer
• Teaching experience.
• Able to work on complex problems with various clinical and technical stakeholders to provide
innovative and creative solutions to achieve resolution and maintain patient safety.
• Demonstrates values consistent with SHN’s Code of Conduct and is committed to fostering a healthy
and positive work environment in accordance with Health & Safety policy and legislation.
• Utilize protective equipment provided and identify and reports hazards.
• Engages in ethical conduct and strives to understand and appreciate the diversity of our patient/staff
population and community.
• Excellent work performance and attendance.
Scarborough Health Network (SHN) embraces and celebrates our community’s unique multicultural
heritage and diversity. SHN is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness and
diversity reflecting our diverse patients, staff and community alike. We are committed to providing
barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with
Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment
process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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