Why Pharmacy at UAB
Welcome to the Department of Pharmacy at UAB Hospital!
We are glad you took the time to learn more about us. We hope you will like what you see.
We have a very dynamic department with a host of highly-skilled practitioners and technicians providing excellence in pharmaceutical care. Our core purpose is taking personal responsibility for identifying, resolving and preventing drug-related problems in the patients we serve. Our inpatient practitioners are unit-based and patient-focused, practicing in a variety of subspecialties. Ambulatory practice is anchored by three outpatient pharmacies and several pharmacy managed clinics. Support for inpatient and outpatient practice is provided through our Divisions of Therapeutic Policy Management and Education and Development.
Training of new pharmacists is another important role our department plays. Our practitioners serve as preceptors for our ASHP-accredited residency programs, and provide clerkship training for Doctor of Pharmacy students at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy.
Our Health System, like most, is undergoing tremendous change at a rapid pace. However, we are discovering that this provides us with continuous opportunity to enhance our patient care responsibilities, take on greater educational roles and demonstrate value like never before.
I hope you will take a few moments to browse our web site.
If you have any questions about our programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mark W. Todd, PharmD, MSHA, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Associate Vice President
All UAB employees attend a one day general orientation, which includes the following:
- General UAB Hospital policies
- Broad orientation to the Hospital and surrounding campus
- Issue of employee identification badge
As a newly hired pharmacy department staff member, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to our pharmacy practice and approximately six weeks of orientation, both in an instructional setting as well as in patient care. Aside from working under the guidance and leadership of a supervisor, you’ll also have peer support, allowing you to share information and utilize one another as resources. As you gain exposure to various aspects of our pharmacy department, you’ll develop a better understanding of how areas are connected and how each employee is individually supported.
Several different scheduling options are available at UAB. Leadership in the department recognizes the importance of family time and other activities away from work. Options may include: full-time, part-time, day shift, evening shift, night shift, 7 on/7 off, and swing shifts.
Peer support is essential to the success of UAB's pharmacy practice. Because we share information, employees utilize each other as resources in an effort to provide the best possible care. Among the pharmacy employees throughout the different areas, there is an implicit understanding of how each area is intricately connected and employees are supported.
Practitioners are recognized for working with particular populations and are contacted by their colleagues to assist in answering area specific questions. The Therapeutic Drug Policy Specialists support the pharmaceutical care efforts of pharmacy practitioners. Pharmacists consult each other with area specific questions. Teamwork and a supportive environment are crucial to our success in providing excellent care to individual patient needs.
The UAB Pharmacist is afforded many professional development opportunities. Pharmacists at UAB are highly respected patient care providers and problem solvers. If a pharmacist is not available for a service you often hear the question, "Where is my pharmacist?"
Throughout their career, pharmacists at UAB have the unique opportunity to hold many different positions with the same degree and license.
Professional development opportunities include:
- Faculty recognition program for Preceptors
- Specialized Practice Areas
- Supervising Pharmacist
- Pharmacy Manager
- Support and funding to professional meetings and programs
- Teaching Opportunities for advanced Pharm.D. candidates, PGY1 and PGY2 residents
We offer many opportunities for advancement within the department, where you can begin as a student and work your way into leadership positions later. You decide the path you want, and we’ll help you get there.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at UAB Hospital have many continuing education (CE) opportunities throughout the year, including many that offer live CE hours on site with no fee. Speakers include other pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals, providing a forum that focuses on better care for our patients and promotes sharing of information among practitioners and preceptors.
UAB Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. UAB Medicine is active participant in E-Verify for the I-9 process.