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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

Rapid City PHS Indian HospitalPGY1 Residency Program
Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital
3200 Canyon Lake Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 355-2392
Fax: (605) 355-2565

Director of Pharmacy:
CAPT Todd A. Warren, Pharm.D., BCPS
e-mail: todd.warren@ihs.gov

Residency Program Director:
Garrett L. Heitmann, Pharm.D., BCPS
e-mail: garrett.heitmann@ihs.gov

Type of Training Site:
Ambulatory Care and Hospital

Indian Health Service - Rapid City logoAccreditation:
Accreditation: ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency, CMS-accredited facility

Facility:
Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital provides health care to adult and pediatric Native Americans residing in or near the service area of Pennington County, South Dakota. This facility receives approximately 50,000 visits within the ambulatory care center and emergency department and about 50 visits for inpatient care annually. The medical staff is stable and a very amicable relationship exists between the medical and pharmacy staff. The pharmacy is utilizing the VA's Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) and over 50% of the pharmacy's refill workload is being processed and mailed directly to patients through this system.

Rotational Experience Opportunities:
The Rapid City PGY-1 Residency Program is predominately an ambulatory pharmacy based program with the majority of experience gained through time in pharmacy-managed clinics (anticoagulation and tobacco cessation) as well as three primary care outpatient clinics. The resident will be actively involved in the Indian Health Service’s initiative Improving Patient Care (IPC) which places priority on the multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. This affords the opportunity to work closely with providers, nurses and other health care providers. The ambulatory care rotations will place specific emphasis on asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular risk reduction and pain management. Additional core rotations include medical informatics, drug information, as well as practice management and program oversight (including budgetary management, controlled substances accountability, and immunizations management). Inpatient/acute care experience will be gained as available. The resident may also have the opportunity for rotations with pharmacists at other Indian Health Service facilities in the Aberdeen Area (e.g. infectious diseases). Each year 16 to 24 senior pharmacy students complete clerkship rotations at our site offering the resident the potential for student and preceptor opportunities.

Special Features:
Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital is unique in that it provides health care to Native Americans, but is not located on a reservation. Rapid City (pop. 70,000) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, close to numerous recreational opportunities and vacation destinations including Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and Devil's Tower. There are several colleges in Rapid City and the outlying communities.