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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 an Omnicell Carousel and 100% Omnicell dispense medication distribution model on the floors (NO CART FILL)
  • Anticoagulation clinic and ambulatory pharmacy services
  • MSTI clinic and outpatient infusion center on campus

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

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

The Pharmacy Residency Program at SLMV started in 2010 with one resident and grew to 2 residents in 2011, and will have 3 residents in 2018.  Clinical rotations are 6 weeks in length.

Core Rotations                                  

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

Longitudinal Rotations                       

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Management

Elective Rotations                              

  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Behavioral Health

Staffing Requirements

Residents are required to staff every third weekend and one holiday weekend 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 extra shifts at full pharmacist wages once they are trained and as long as they are caught up with their residency projects.

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 CE presentation for the ISHP Fall meeting in Sun Valley for pharmacy technicians as well as a poster presentation on their research project.  Another poster presentation of their projects is done at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the final presentation at the Mountain States Pharmacy Residency Conference in Salt Lake City.

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.

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 three blocks with 4 applicants each
  • Each candidate will rotate through an interview with the Residency Program Director, Pharmacy Leadership, Pharmacy Preceptors and Staff, a tour with the current residents, and give a 10 minutes presentation on a topic of the candidate’s choosing
  • The onsite experience concludes with all candidates and preceptors having lunch together at the conclusion of the block interviews

Contact Information:

Dallin D. Poulsen, PharmD, MBA/HSA

Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Magic Valley & Critical Access Hospitals

PGY1 Residency Program Director

St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center

801 Pole Line Road W.

Twin Falls, ID 83301

Phone: (208) 814-2503

Cell: (507) 206-8087



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