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St Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center


PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program



St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency

In 1906 the 65-bed Twin Falls Hospital was built following an outbreak of typhoid fever among the settlers in Rock Creek Canyon. The hospital grew and evolved over the next 100 years until it was purchased by the St. Luke’s Health System in 2006 and became St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

The Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System is headquartered in Boise, ID and includes acute care hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Elmore, Jerome, Sun Valley, and McCall, as well as the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI), a regional cancer treatment center operating 5 clinics.

SLMV is located in Twin Falls, Idaho and is the largest hospital in south central Idaho, servicing a surrounding population of 180,000. Southern Idaho offers 4-season living with 300+ days of sunshine each year and is home to a large variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, canoeing/kayaking, golfing, boating, and BASE jumping. The Snake River Canyon with the Perrine Bridge and Shoshone Falls are only a few minutes away.

Department of Pharmacy Services

  • 25 pharmacists and 22 pharmacy technicians
  • Decentralized clinical staffing model
  • Centralized sterile IV preparation area compliant with USP 797
  • Extension automation including a Carousel and 100% Omnicell dispense medication distribution model on the floors (NO CART FILL)
  • Anticoagulation clinic and ambulatory pharmacy services
  • Outpatient infusion center

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Residency at St. Luke's Magic Valley is a 12-month program that develops expertise and competency in providing clinical care to a wide variety of patients.

The SLMV PGY1 Pharmacy Residency started in 2010 with one resident, grew to two residents in 2011, and added a 3rd in 2018. Rotation blocks are 6 weeks in length.

Required Rotations                                  

  • Orientation
  • Hospital
  • Adult Medicine
  • Critical Care
  •  Infectious Disease
  • Rural Medicine in Sun Valley

Required Longitudinal Rotations                       

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Leadership

Elective Rotations                              

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics/NICU

Staffing Requirements

Residents are required to staff every third weekend and one major holiday during the year. This provides the opportunity to incorporate what they are learning into daily practice as well as to be fully competent in all areas of the pharmacy. They are also eligible to staff additional shifts at full pharmacist wages once they are trained and as long as they are caught up with their residency work.

Projects and Presentations

ASHP requires that residents engage in a research or quality improvement project and that they present the results of that project at a regional residency conference. Our residents prepare a pharmacy technician CE presentation for the ISHP Fall meeting in Sun Valley, a poster presentation on their research project at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and a final oral presentation at the Mountain States Pharmacy Residency Conference in Salt Lake City. A final written manuscript of the project is also required.

Teaching Certificate and Residency Forum

St. Luke's partners with the other Pharmacy Residency programs in the Boise area to hold a weekly Resident Forum.  Each Wednesday afternoon the pharmacy residents from St. Luke's Boise, St. Luke's Meridian, St. Luke's Magic Valley, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Boise), and the Boise V.A. meet to discuss clinical topics in the BCPS review guide in order to be fully prepared to take the BCPS exam.  During the Forum the residents also complete the requirements to obtain a Teaching Certificate from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  In completing this requirement, the residents will give a clinical lecture to the pharmacy students at ISU, be featured presenters at ISHP conferences, and lead case review classes at ISU during the year.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Beginning with the 2018-19 class, residents will also be enrolled in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification course.  As residents complete their residency projects, the quality improvement principles of Lean Six Sigma will also be incorporated into their learning.  This methodology has been validated and re-validated for over 6 decades and in many different industries.  A completion certificate is awarded at the conclusion of the course.

Teaching Certificate and Residency Forum

St. Luke's partners with the other Pharmacy Residency programs in the Boise area to hold a weekly Resident Forum.  Each Wednesday afternoon the pharmacy residents from St. Luke's Boise, St. Luke's Meridian, St. Luke's Magic Valley, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Boise), and the Boise V.A. meet to discuss clinical topics in the BCPS review guide in order to be fully prepared to take the BCPS exam.  During the Forum the residents also complete the requirements to obtain a Teaching Certificate through the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  In completing this requirement, the residents will give a clinical lecture to the pharmacy students at ISU, be featured presenters at ISHP conferences, and lead case review classes at ISU during the year.

Additionally, rotation blocks are aligned with the P4 student blocks from Idaho State University School of Pharmacy, which will provide Residents the opportunity to teach and precept students while on rotation.

Application Procedures

Applications to the PGY1 program must be submitted via the ASHP PhORCAS program by the first Friday in January that includes:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Letters of Reference
  • Current CV
  • Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Applicants must also complete a St. Luke's online application for the Pharmacy Practice Residency at Twin Falls (Professional and Allied Services).

On-site Interview:

  • 12 applicants are invited for an on-site interview during February in a block-style rotating format, with four applicants in each block.
  • Each candidate will interview with the Residency Program Director, local pharmacy leadership, program preceptors and staff, meeting with current residents, and give a 10-minute presentation on a topic of the candidate’s choosing.
  • The onsite experience concludes with all candidates, preceptors, and staff having lunch together at the conclusion of the block interviews

Contact Information:

Dallin D. Poulsen, PharmD, MBA/HSA

Director of Clinical Pharmacy

PGY1 Residency Program Director

St. Luke's Magic Valley & Critical Access Hospitals

Phone: (208) 814-2503

Cell: (507) 206-8087

Email: poulsend@slhs.org


Contact Us:
(208) 342-2581
ishpcontact@gmail.com

Address:
P.O. Box 7625
Boise, ID 83707

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