Kootenai Health is a 330-bed community hospital set in northern Idaho. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Kootenai Health is a 12-month, ASHP accredited program. The pharmacy residency program provides experience in a broad area of pharmacy practice through required, elective, and longitudinal rotations. Our program accepts two residents each year. Pharmacy residents have the unique opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary education with the medical residents and faculty of Kootenai Health’s Family Medicine Residency, as well as with physicians completing a behavioral health fellowship at our facility. Residents will work closely with medical providers as well as with various members of the healthcare team while completing their residency. Residents will present formal lectures, in-services, and prepare a major longitudinal project. Residents will serve as preceptors and mentors to student pharmacists and will participate in a teaching certificate course offered through the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Additional teaching experiences are also available through Washington State University and Idaho State University. Upon completion of the program, residents will be prepared to serve as clinical/staff pharmacists, adjunct clinical faculty, or pursue a PGY2 pharmacy residency.
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Kootenai Health is strong because of our team. Our pharmacy department (preceptors and staff alike) is highly engaged and invested in the success of our residents. We take pride in watching our residents grow and succeed and are dedicated to giving them the support and feedback necessary to do so.
Another important strength of our program is the solid relationships the pharmacy department has cultivated with other members of the healthcare team. We work together with the goal of providing exceptional care to our patients. Residents in our program benefit from our strong inter-professional relationships, allowing residents to integrate into our healthcare team quickly and confidently.
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Kootenai Health is feedback friendly. While we give residents feedback throughout the year, we also ask that our residents provide us with feedback. We are constantly growing and consider all resident feedback when adjusting our residency program. Because of this, our program is customizable to residents’ interests and learning needs.
Our location is another advantage of our program. Being in beautiful north Idaho, there are as many outdoor opportunities as there are educational opportunities. As a regional medical referral center, Kootenai Health provides care for many patients who live in rural settings. The ability to make a significant impact on our community, while enjoying the recreation-oriented Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas, keeps our team engaged and motivated. This results in high retention rates for pharmacy staff; many of which are previous residents.
The ASHP-accredited, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Kootenai Health gives experience in a broad area of pharmacy practice, including:
- Ambulatory Care
- Critical Care
- Emergency Medicine
- Infectious Disease/AMS
- Internal Medicine
- Psychiatric Care
The program accepts two residents each year. Pharmacy residents have the opportunity to work closely with the medical residents and faculty of Kootenai Health’s Family Medicine Residency. Residents will present formal lectures, inservices, and prepare a major project. There are opportunities to precept pharmacy students on rotation. Teaching experiences are also available at Washington State University (WSU) and Idaho State University, and WSU supports a residency teaching certificate program.
Residents receive subsidized health insurance, sick leave, paid vacation, discounted meals, professional travel coverage, and paid ASHP dues. Coeur d’Alene offers many wonderful lifestyle benefits, four beautiful seasons, and an active community.
We improve health one patient at a time in a friendly and professional culture committed to superior quality and safety.
- Compassion: We thoughtfully approach the human condition of suffering with empathy and compassion
- Quality: We are committed to lifelong learning and evidence-based practice to deliver superior, quality health care.
- Stewardship: We work to instill a spirit of thoughtful balance and wise use of resources.
- Kootenai Vision: By 2020, Kootenai Health will be a comprehensive regional medical center delivering superior, patient-focused care and will be recognized among the premier healthcare organizations in the United States.
- Superior Quality & Safety: Ensure measurably superior quality, safety and patient experience.
- Patient-Focused: The patient is the focus of decision making.
- Healthy Culture: We will nurture the quality and vitality of our workforce.
- Stewardship: We will use our resources wisely.
- Visionary Leadership: Our leadership style will be forward thinking.
For questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact:
Gina Dobaldo, PharmD