The PGY1 Residency at St. Luke's Magic Valley develops expertise and competency in providing clinical care to a wide variety of patients. The residency provides 6-week learning rotation experiences that also give residents the opportunity to precept P4 students.
Our pharmacy department uses a decentralized clinical staffing model, a centralized sterile IV preparation area compliant with USP 797, pharmacy automation, an anticoagulation clinic, an outpatient infusion center, and ambulatory pharmacy services.
Residents are required to staff every third weekend (Friday–Sunday) and one major holiday during the year. This provides the opportunity to incorporate what they are learning into daily practice and 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 able to work independently.
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.
As residents complete their major 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 six decades in many different industries. A completion certificate is awarded at the conclusion of the course.
Dr. Barbara Mason from the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy facilitates the completion of a formal teaching certificate program. Residents give a clinical lecture to the pharmacy students at ISU, are featured presenters at ISHP conferences, and lead case review classes at ISU during the year. They also hold a monthly Resident Forum with other PGY1 residents in the Boise area, where residents teach and discuss clinical topics to complete assignments for the teaching certificate.
Typically about half of our PGY1 residents accept a full-time clinical pharmacist position with either St. Luke's or another facility at the completion of their PGY1 program year. The other 50% of residents have gone onto a PGY2 program, typically our PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). St. Luke's strives to keep each of our PGY1 residents as permanent clinical staff pharmacists at the completion of their PGY1 year, however, this is always dependent on the availability of open positions.
Dallin Poulsen, Pharm.D.
Phone: (208) 814-2503
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