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San Mateo County, CA Pharmacist - Extra Help (Open) in County of San Mateo, California

Pharmacist - Extra Help (Open)

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Pharmacist - Extra Help (Open)


$137,592.00 - $171,995.20 Annually


County of San Mateo, CA

Job Type

Extra Help


San Mateo Medical Center

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  • Benefits


Are you a motivated, dedicated, and professional Pharmacist who enjoys a fast-paced environment? Do you welcome the opportunity to work with other skilled professionals and provide quality service to the community? If so, San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) has a wonderful career opportunity for you!

San Mateo Medical Center is a public hospital and clinic system fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The Medical Center operates outpatient clinics throughout San Mateo County and an acute-care hospital in San Mateo. The mission of San Mateo Medical Center is to "partner with patients to provide excellent care with compassion and respect." As part of an integrated Health System, the Medical Center serves the healthcare needs of all residents of San Mateo County, with an emphasis on education and prevention.

There currently is one (1) Part-Time, Extra Help Pharmacist position at the San Mateo Medical Center in the Ambulatory Services Department.

In an Ambulatory Clinic setting, the Pharmacist is part of an interdisciplinary care team that also includes primary care providers, nurses, nurse educators and nutritionists. The Pharmacist role includes both pharmacy liason (completion of prior authorizations, verifying patient medication usage through databases & pharmacy verification) as well as support and clinical judgement necessary to proper utilization and administration of medications in cooperation with medical and nursing staff. The Pharmacist also conducts 1-1 patient visits for medication reconciliation and teaching, diabetes education and medication adjustment, as well as hypertension and blood pressure monitoring. The Ambulatory clinics provide primary care services to a diverse population including infants, adolescents, adults, and seniors, as well as Ob/GYN.

Reporting to the Supervising Physician, you will be responsible for assisting providers and patients with their medication questions/needs, as well as processing documents for patients to acquire their meds. The ideal candidate will be proficient in working in an electronic medical record and state/federal databases.

This position will be primarily located at the San Mateo Medical Center but may also include support for our ambulatory clinics in the North and South County as well as the Hospital Pharmacy.

NOTE: Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act (Extra Help Benefits Guide available at: Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monitor the safety and efficacy of drug therapy through the maintenance of medication profiles in a computerized database.

  • Initiate and participate in medication therapy management, drug use evaluations, quality assurance programs, pharmacokinetic dosing, antibiotic stewardship, patient care audits, and development of systems for improved delivery of services.

  • Perform comprehensive medication reconciliation and improve medication safety through the prevention of medication errors.

  • Direct and participate in the stocking, inspection, storage, preparation, dispensing, and administration of medications in the patient care area.

  • Functionally direct assigned personnel and operations of the pharmacy area to which assigned.

  • Prepare reports on activities within the section as required.

  • Maintain records of controlled medications as required by federal and state laws.

  • Assure that strict aseptic techniques are followed in preparing sterile solutions and that records are properly completed.

  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies, adverse drug interactions or reactions, acute and chronic disease states.

  • Participate in the education of patients and health-care practitioners.

  • Provide drug information to prescribers and other health care practitioners; assist prescribers in the proper selection and adjustment of drug therapy.

  • Participate in Pharmacy/hospital committees as required.

  • Utilize systems for cost effective fiscal management and reimbursement.

  • Maintain a perpetual inventory of all controlled substances and dispense them to nursing stations according to federal and state laws.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs and drug products and their indications, efficacy, dosage, mechanisms of action; fate and disposition (if known), major contraindications and potential side effects.

  • Influence of patient's age, sex, concomitant disease states, concurrent drug therapy, foods and diagnostic procedures on drug activity and disposition.

  • Physiology, anatomy, pathology, chemistry and mathematics as they relate to pharmacy practice.

  • Major reference sources to answer drug information/ingestion questions.

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing methods.

  • Legislation governing pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy services/hospital operations as they relate to pharmacy services.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Compound and manufacture a wide variety of medications.

  • Prepare IV medications.

  • Prepare unit dose medications.

  • Learn and carry out pharmacy procedures and practices.

  • Identify, achieve, maintain and use those competencies directly relevant to his/her area of practice.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and provide functional direction to para-professional personnel.

  • Effectively counsel patients regarding use, possible side effects and storage of medications.

  • Effectively advise and consult with medical, nursing and other personnel regarding properties of drug substances.

  • Use and evaluate information in appropriate reference sources and clinical literature.

  • Maintain records and prepare reports as required by federal and state laws.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

  • Deal tactfully and work cooperatively with hospital staff and patients.


  • License to practice pharmacy in California.


If you are interested in being considered for these extra help positions, the following materials must be electronically submitted in a Word or PDF format.

  • Cover letter

  • Resumé

Please include the words "Pharmacist - Extra Help" in the subject line of the email submission. Please submit the required materials electronically via email to:

Sonia Ter Kuile, Supervising Physician

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply immediately. Resumés will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Ximena Burns (102720) (Pharmacist - F059)

Please visit for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.


County of San Mateo


County of San Mateo Human Resources Department 455 County Center Redwood City, California, 94063-1663


(650) 363-4343 (650) 363-4303


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