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Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program – Pharmacy – Full Time – Markham Site

Markham Stouffville Hospital

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted May 17, 2023.

Land Acknowledgement:

Oak Valley Health honours the traditional territory of the closest Indigenous communities, the Chippewas (chi-puh-waas) of Georgina Island and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island. The Haudenosaunee (Ho-de-no-shau-nee) and Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-beh) have lived, worked and existed on this land from time immemorial. This land is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with many Mississauga and Chippewa bands.


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Who you are:

  • You encompass Oak Valley Health’s core values and live the words of Respect, Trust, Commitment, Compassion and Courage
  • You are a patient and/or client centered individual who performs at an exemplary standard
  • You are a team player with excellent communication, critical thinking and prioritization skills


What we are looking for:


The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Infections Disease physicians, pharmacy professionals and other members of the interprofessional team to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents at Oak Valley Health.  As a key team member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), this full time role will be responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing application of antimicrobial policies and procedures (including staff education, participation in multidisciplinary rounds, drug product evaluation for formulary, provision of drug information, promoting appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis, establishing guidance for empiric antimicrobial therapy, optimizing antimicrobial therapy following a definitive diagnosis, and optimizing antimicrobial dose and route of administration based on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics principles). Participation in committee meetings for initiatives that involve antimicrobials is mandatory. The pharmacist will also work with Information Technology and Decision Support to develop tools to monitor antimicrobial utilization/optimization. The pharmacist will update the First Line app for antimicrobials and report quarterly ASP metrics to the committees.  On a daily basis, this individual is responsible for ensuring hospital-wide compliance with antimicrobial policies and performing prospective and retrospective evaluation of ongoing compliance and providing feedback to pharmacists and physicians regarding appropriate use of antimicrobial agents.  The pharmacist must be able to monitor patients’ drug therapy to detect, resolve and/or prevent drug-related problems and make recommendations for therapy changes, when necessary.. Other duties may be assigned.




What you bring to the role:


  • Current A registration status with the Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Two years of related  experience in a hospital setting required
  • Hospital pharmacy residency or advanced clinical degree with infectious training or equivalent clinical experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with preparing and delivering individual and group education sessions
  • Demonstrated computer skills and familiarity with multiple software programs is essential
  • Strong organizational and time management skills required
    High proficiency in conducting research, compiling information and record maintenance
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with the members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Evidence of professional development, continuing education and leadership experience is required
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with organizations related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices and completing relevant mandatory education as required.
  • Demonstrated good attendance and performance records with the ability to maintain these same standards
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with hospital related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices and completing relevant mandatory education as required


Work Schedule:

The successful candidate will work primarily weekdays and must be available for occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.



OPCOM09: $44.70 – 58.78 per hour

$87,165 – 114,621 annually


Who we are:

Oak Valley Health is one of Ontario’s leading community healthcare organizations.  Across our two sites (Markham and Uxbridge) and Reactivation Care Centre (RCC), we provide high quality, patient-centred care to more than 435,000 patients each year. We offer diagnostic and emergency services and deliver clinical programs in acute care medicine and surgery, addictions and mental health, and childbirth and children’s services. We are also proud to be part of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team (OHT).


Our 526 physicians, 28 midwives, over 3,000 staff and 1,000 volunteers serve patients and families with an honoured to care mindset and are focused on delivering an extraordinary patient experience to the residents of Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge and beyond. We are dedicated to providing access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place by the right people and at the right cost. Are you ready to join us?


COVID Statement

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to strengthen and promote health protection to patients, staff and members of the public attending in the hospital, prior to the first day of employment with the Hospital, all successful candidates are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (full vaccination is required). In order to provide you with fair & equitable accommodation, you must submit supporting medical exemption documentation or an affidavit detailing why your religion prohibits you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.


 Oak Valley Health Diversity Statement 

Oak Valley Health takes pride in serving some of Canada’s most diverse communities. We are committed to fostering an environment of equity and inclusivity where every person can work and receive care safely, openly and honestly.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nation of origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital or family status, belief system, or other factors related to one’s personal identity and/or values. Furthermore, Oak Valley Health is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please contact Human Resources.