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Beth Israel Lahey Health Pharmacy Technician Trainee / Beth Israel Lahey Health - Entry Level Training Program in Plymouth, Massachusetts

When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

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Rotating (United States of America)

The Pharmacy Technician Trainee (PTT) is part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health systemwide training program for individuals seeking to begin a career in pharmacy and opportunities may be available at all BILH facilities including:

Addison Gilbert Hospital

Anna Jaques Hospital

BayRidge Hospital

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BILH Pharmacy Shapiro (Boston)

BILH Pharmacy Direct (Westwood)

BILH Pharmacy Bowdoin Street Health Center (Dorchester)

BILH Continuing Care

BILH Behavioral Services

BILH Performance Network

Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care

Beth Israel Lahey Health System Services

Beverly Hospital

Joslin Diabetes Center

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody

Mount Auburn Hospital

New England Baptist Hospital

Winchester Hospital

Job Description:

The Pharmacy Technician Trainee (PTT) is responsible for providing technical support under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in the outpatient/retail pharmacy. PTT's duties include bedside delivery of medications and performing drop-off and pick-up window duties, and performing various quality control tasks as assigned. In addition, the PTT will participate in training and orientation of new PTTs and pharmacy students and bedside delivery to patients. The PTT role is intended to open the opportunity for those with no prior health care experience develop into a well-rounded pharmacy technician.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Learn, understand and be able to relay information to patients and caregivers regarding routine/maintenance medication requests (telephonic, fax, Patient site, E- prescription queue) for patients. Manages the administrative responsibilities for faxing, filing, mailing, and documenting status in medical record of non-electronically routable prescriptions.

  • Develop and master an understanding of product and payer reimbursement landscape and prior authorization guidelines and processes. Collects and communicate all data needed to facilitate prior authorization approvals. Convey status updates as appropriate including information with appeals.

  • Provides exceptional customer service to internal and external customers. Resolves any customer requests in a timely and accurate manner. Escalates complaints accordingly, maintains frequent contact with patient, provider and pharmacy staff.

  • Build productive trust relationships with customers through interactions at pharmacy counter and bedside.

  • Participates in quality initiatives and process improvement efforts for prescription requests, prior authorizations, education for providers and staff and pharmacy updates.

  • Processes payments by totaling purchases, processing checks, cash, and store or other credit and debit cards.

  • Assists with inventory, including receiving, appropriate storage and stocking merchandise and medications.

  • Promote patient health by offering available expanded pharmacy services such as (but not limited to), delivery, vaccination, synchronization and mobile app utilization.

  • Handle returns of merchandise and immediately notify pharmacists of any issues that may warrant prescription returns.

  • Delivery of medications to bedside in a timely manner to improve discharge times and ensure patients leave with their medications prior to discharge. This includes effective communication to ensure proper change of custody of medication and setting standards across the health system

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required in work experience in sales / direct customer service.

  • Licensed as a Massachusetts Registered Pharmacy Technician Trainee upon employment (upon candidate selection, assistance in obtaining this license will provided by pharmacy leadership)

  • As required by 247 CMR 8.03 (5) Pharmacy Technician trainees must submit for pharmacy technician license after completing 500 hours but before 1500 hours or 1 year of service (whichever comes first)

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in fast paced environment with ability to manage many customers at once

  • Experience in healthcare or Retail Pharmacy preferred. Ability to develop strong relationships with diverse groups of professionals (physicians, nurses, administration, etc.)


  • Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.

  • Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Social/Environmental Requirements:

  1. Work requires close attention to task for work to be accurately completed. Intermittent breaks during the work day do not compromise the work.

  2. Work is varied every day and the employee needs to be adaptable to respond to these changes and use independent judgment and manage priorities.

  3. Potential exposure to adverse environmental conditions

  • Daily: Exposure to dust, gas, fumes, steam, chemicals.
  1. Health Care Status: HCW 3: Regular provision of service in a patient care area. Examples: Unit coordinators, lead coordinator/supervisor, patient liaison, nutrition services, environmental services, registrars, information desks, security, etc- Health Care Worker Status may vary by department

Sensory Requirements:

Close work (paperwork, visual examination), Color vision/perception, Visual clarity <3 feet, Conversation, Monitoring Equipment, Telephone.

Physical Requirements:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus.

This job requires frequent sitting, walking, standing, Fine Manipulation using both hands, Keyboard use. Rarely there may be Pushing/Pulling using both hands.

FLSA Status:


As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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