Jet Setter Pharmacist: Home to Three Founding Fathers

September 25, 2012

As a pharmacist, you have options when it comes to where you work, and at PharmacyWeek we see several pharmacy job opportunities cross desks every day that even make us want to get up and go work at these dream destinations. Jet Setter Pharmacist highlights great job openings in even better locations, and what makes these locations and employers so unique!

LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia

EMPLOYER: University of Virginia (UVa) Health System

POSITION: Pharmacy Opportunities

WHY YOU’LL LOVE ITNestled amid the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and about a hundred miles South of Washington, D.C., the greater Charlottesville region offers visitors a thriving community and vanguard of arts and culture that’s both boldly innovative and grounded in rich tradition. Home to three founding fathers who would become U.S. presidents, Charlottesville and Albemarle County are steeped in history – not just in museums but woven into the very fabric of the community.

Just beyond city lines, quiet rolling hills and family farms complement city life within Albemarle County’s more than 700 square miles of vibrant natural beauty, including Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and abundant history and heritage.

This juxtaposition of urban and rural creates a rich diversity that is the lifeblood of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. You see it in the restaurants, where talented chef-owners can go plate-to-plate with any major American city, blending traditional fare and regional favorites with flavors and influences from around the globe.

You hear it in the variety of music echoing from the Charlottesville Pavilion or Batesville Country Store, where free concerts fill the air with salsa, bluegrass and every genre in between.

But that richness doesn’t end with music and food – it’s a reflection of the entrepreneurial spirit that shapes life here, dating back to the area’s most famous son, Thomas Jefferson.

In 1776, Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. Today, residents and visitors write their own declarations on the Downtown Mall’s Freedom of Expression Wall, a stretch of dark granite covered daily with the messages, art and manifestos of passersby.

In Jefferson’s day, Charlottesville and Albemarle County were dominated by agriculture, and that legacy continues today in small farms raising organic crops and free-range livestock. Orchards dot the region, and a 200-year tradition of winemaking now produces some of the most honored and acclaimed wines on the East Coast.

At the same time, Charlottesville is an enclave of academia as home to the University of Virginia, consistently ranked one of the nation’s top public universities, with world-leading programs in business, law and English and a leading medical center. More than 20,000 UVA students infuse the area with youthful energy, new ideas and culture.

History? Charlottesville has it in spades. Music? Bring your dancing shoes. Boutique wines and craft beers? Cheers

ABOUT THE JOB: The University of Virginia (UVa) Health System consists of the Medical Center and approximately 50 acquired practice sites. The Medical Center is a 600 bed, Level 1 Trauma Center serving a primarily rural population in Central Virginia. The Medical Center features an electronic medical record with physician order entry, extensive ambulatory care services, an organ transplant program, regional burn and spinal cord injury centers, children’s hospital, cancer center, long term acute care facility and many other innovative health services.

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides centralized dispensing services and decentralized clinical services and employs clinical pharmacy coordinators and clinical pharmacists. The Department has a state of the art IV clean room. In addition, the department has three ASHP-accredited residency programs, three newly instituted specialty residencies which will undergo accreditation, and serves as a training site for the experiential education of pharmacy students from Virginia Schools of Pharmacy. The department also operates pharmacist-run outpatient clinics and an outpatient dispensing pharmacy.

The department is expanding the clinical program and is recruiting for general clinical pharmacists, with the biggest focus areas in ambulatory care, cardiology, neurosciences and surgery. Our general clinical pharmacists are trained on a primary team and cross-trained on a secondary team lead by a pharmacy clinical coordinator. Clinical pharmacists monitor patient drug therapy, actively participate in interdisciplinary health care rounds, provide pharmacokinetic and therapeutic consults, patient education, report ADRs, perform MUEs, respond to code-12 calls, and assist with precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.

Applicants should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PGY1 residency preferred or equivalent hospital experience.

Application information can be found at:

Michelle Gaudet
University of Virginia Health System
Talent Acquisition
Direct line: 310.326.8024 cell phone: 310.200.0638

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