Intern Pharmacist

Job Number
Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix - Pharmacy-Hosp
Position Type
PD: Per-Diem
Street Address
1111 East McDowell Rd
City & State
Posting Category
New Grad


Banner Health is a nonprofit organization consisting of 28 acute care hospitals and health care facilities, including 3 academic medical centers and other related health entities and services in six states. Banner – University Medicine is the new academic medicine division of Banner Health, anchored in Phoenix and Tucson. B-UMCT Tucson is one of the 3 academic medical centers at Banner, serving patients in the Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada region. 


The objective of the program is to provide pharmacy students the opportunity to work at a large academic medical center, learning the operations of a hospital pharmacy and building clinical knowledge. Each year of the program correlates with the year of pharmacy school that the student is enrolled. The first year will be dedicated to learning the operations of the hospital pharmacy working as a pharmacy technician. As the student progresses through school, they will become more involved with patient care by directly assisting pharmacists with clinical responsibilities on the patient care units.


What are the Student/Intern Requirements?
1. Be currently enrolled in a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program and in good academic standing
2. Maintain pharmacy internship status with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy
3. Be able to work  8 hours on Saturday and Sunday, and 4 hours during the week
4. Attend quarterly meetings to discuss school and program progress
5. Intern 3rd or 4th year student




About Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix
Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix is a nationally recognized academic medical center. The world-class hospital is focused on coordinated clinical care, expanded research activities and nurturing future generations of highly trained medical professionals. Our commitment to nursing excellence has enabled us to achieve Magnet™ recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Phoenix campus, long known for excellent patient care, has over 730 licensed beds, a number of unique specialty units and is the new home for medical discoveries, thanks to our collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. Additionally, the campus responsibilities include fully integrated multi-specialty and sub-specialty clinics, and with a new $400 million campus investment, a new patient tower and 2 new clinic buildings will be built.



About Banner Health
Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to change the way care is provided. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.


Job Summary

This position will work under the supervision of the pharmacist. Performs routine duties in packaging, distribution and record keeping of pharmaceutical supplies. Assists in preparing compounded and intravenous medications, total parenteral nutrition products, and chemotherapeutic agents. Consistently demonstrates an ability to assess a situation, consider alternatives, and choose the appropriate course of action. May work with the Pharmacist in processing physician orders for medications by entering information in to the medication management system in an unverified status. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, assesses and formulates potential recommendations to physicians and provides information to physicians, nurses, and others regarding topics relating to the medication use system. Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients being served.


Essential Functions

  • Selects and/or prepares medications, under direct supervision, as indicated on the patient medication orders. Places medications in patient boxes or in designated area for pharmacist to review, sends/delivers medications to nursing units as required. Investigates missing medication requests Charges/credits patients for medications and intravenous solutions as appropriate. Restocks unused and credited returned medications.


  • Attends to customers and answers telephones in a courteous and timely manner. Serves as a liaison between the customer and the pharmacist.


  • Using automated dispensing technology or requisition, restocks medications to nursing and ancillary areas after checked by a pharmacist. Restocks medications to all areas outside automated dispensing technology which may include but not be limited to trays, code carts and emergency boxes. Adds users to the automatic dispensing technology database as per policy. Investigates discrepancies in automated dispensing technology. Troubleshoots automated technology malfunctions.


  • Identifies medications and other items for reorder as necessary to maintain a continuous inventory of medications and supplies. Receives, checks-in, and restocks medications ordered through wholesaler and other vendors.


  • Compounds specialty drug products. Repackages bulk medications into unit of use packaging. Completes accurate documentation of items compounded and repackaged.


  • Assists in preparing and labeling of intravenous medication orders including total parenteral nutrition products and chemotherapy products using proper sterile and aseptic technique.


  • Under the supervision of a pharmacist, utilizes education and pharmacy skills in assessing and formulating potential recommendations to physicians to help ensure quality and economical drug therapy, and positive patient outcomes. May provide information (under pharmacist supervision) to physicians, nurses, and others regarding medication therapy, medication systems, drug product guidelines, laws and regulations, medication formulary, and other topics related to the medication use system. Medication assessments may be performed with special consideration given to medication safety and the needs of the specific patient age groups served.


  • Performs quality control activities such as monthly nursing unit checks and pharmacy section checks in a timely manner. Completes documentation on refrigerator temperatures, intravenous hood cleaning, and equipment maintenance activities as required.



Minimum Qualifications

Must be attending an accredited school of Pharmacy. Requires (or eligible for) pharmacy intern licensure in the state of practice.

Pharmacy intern licensure

Must possess good organizational, problem solving and computer skills. Must have good written and verbal communication skills for interfacing with all levels of Staff, physicians, patients and other contacts.

Must have knowledge of computer software, particularly medication management information system software, Microsoft applications and Automated dispensing systems.

Preferred Qualifications

Pharmacy technician experience preferred. Additional training in specialty areas (such as automatic dispensing technology, controlled substances and satellite pharmacy) preferred.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.