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Rush University Medical Center Pharmacy Intern, Inpatient Pharmacy in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title:

Pharmacy Intern, Inpatient Pharmacy


Pharmacy - Inpatient


4th (Rotating)


Active Regular Restricted PT (1 to 39 hours per pay period)


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Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated Pharmacy Intern to join our Inpatient Pharmacy Department at Rush University Medical Center!

General Summary :

The Pharmacy Technician Intern assists licensed pharmacists in the practice of pharmacy, demonstrating leadership and initiative, and fulfilling the needs of the department and the Medical Center. The Pharmacy Technician Intern is involved in the training of newly hired pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician interns. In addition, the intern will have addition responsibilities to interact with patients doing medication histories in different settings like the emergency room. The pharmacy intern is expected to exemplify the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures at all times.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Recognizes and identifies various classifications of medications, medication names, dosage forms and routes of administration.

  • Ability to use available print and online references as appropriate.

  • Understand the pharmacy workflow for first doses, Pyxis refills, cart fill, batches, medication returns and medication disposal.

  • Performs pharmaceutical calculations accurately including fundamental math calculations, metric conversions, pharmaceutical dose calculations and parenteral dose calculations.

  • Responsible for the accurate interpretation of EPIC pharmacy labels:

  • Interpretation and understanding of medical abbreviations.

  • Identification and differentiation of various types of medication orders (Scheduled, PRN, Once, STAT, NOW).

  • Ability to appropriately label all medication dosage forms including auxiliary labels for expiration and storage as required, troubleshoot Pyxis equipment (i.e.: failed drawers, inventory, outdates, and utilize technology in the pharmacy (i.e.: Carousels, DoseEdge, WASP, MILT, RxVerify) as needed for assigned duties

  • Responsible for the accurate and timely filling and delivery of patient-specific medications and Pyxis restocks.

  • Responsible for the preparation of non-sterile compounding and packaging:

  • Ability to accurately draw up oral syringes, compound topical medications and other duties as assigned.

  • Recognizes the regulations for repackaging medications and complies with all required labeling and documentation procedures for non-sterile compounding and packaging.

  • Responsible for politely and professionally answering phones, assisting caller with missing medication requests and any other technical duties as assigned.

  • Responsible for utilization of Epic for technical requests (i.e.: missing medications, Pyxis out of stock and responding to in-basket messages).

  • Responsible for inventory, storage and supply maintenance of assigned areas.

  • Place orders through RxWorks to maintain adequate inventory levels as assigned:

  • Follow stock rotation practices when putting away medication orders.

  • Responsible for compliance with USP <797> and aseptic technique practices when preparing sterile products:

  • Recognizes incompatible, unstable and/or expired compounded sterile products.

  • Maintains all required documentation of compounded sterile products and production areas for sterile products.

  • Recognizes investigational drug orders and documentation requirements for preparation and use.

  • Responsible for exchanging emergency carts and completion of required documentation as assigned and for knowing the laws and regulations related to controlled substances

  • Actively participates in various departmental committees and educational activities as assigned.

  • Responsible for the smooth and efficient technical operation of the specific practice site.

  • Provides in advance and in follow-up the management of issues of a departmental or site-specific nature regardless of absence from the work site. For example, before a scheduled day off, the technician brings important issues to the attention of the replacement technician or follows up on problems with the replacement person upon return.

  • Assists supervisor and pharmacist working in the area in the execution of related assignments involving technical support for the department or practice site.

  • Responsible for participation in the review, revision, and preparation of related policies and procedures for the Department of Pharmacy Policy and Procedure manual.

Position Qualifications:

  • Must be currently accepted or enrolled at an accredited college of pharmacy

  • Current Illinois Pharmacy Technician license.

  • Ability to effectively follow directions, analyze problems and interpret analytical data.

  • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on customer service skills.

  • Accountable for his/her actions, progress and development.

  • Attention to detail to provide high quality care and accurate medication preparation.

  • Must have the ability to operate technology accurately and efficiently by the end of the defined training period.

  • Consistently demonstrates leadership and initiative to peers and others in handling workload. Planning, prioritizing, and analyzing situations are frequently required.

  • Consistent outstanding attendance record relating to tardiness and absences is expected. Willing to fill unscheduled absences as required.

  • Supervises completion of work of trainee technicians and other technicians as assigned.

Company Highlights:

  • Rush was recently ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among 102 leading academic medical centers in the US in a study conducted by the health care services company Vizient.

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.