Skip to main content

SDSU pharmacy residency gains full reaccreditation

Full reaccreditation has been granted for the postgraduate year one community-based pharmacy residency program at South Dakota State University.

The program, which is in partnership with Lewis Drug, places a six-year Pharm.D. graduate at Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls for an additional year of training. The residency is designed to develop practitioners with a high level of skills required to manage patient care in the community setting in both the community pharmacy and clinic.

The residency started at Liebe Drug in Milbank in 2012.  Liebe Drug was acquired by Lewis, which continued the program in Milbank until July 2019 at which time it transitioned to Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls.

Reaccreditation for the full eight years (2029) was granted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists following a visit from the organization in summer 2020 and an exchange of reports and responses in the following months and then final approval by the Commission on Credentialing March 3. The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions was notified in June.

“Keeping accredited is important for recruiting and to validate the quality of the residency,” said Jodi Heins, professor of pharmacy practice and director of the residency program.

Courtney Feist, who participated in the residency in 2018, is now a preceptor in the program. She said a typical week finds the resident spending Mondays at Lewis Southgate, Tuesdays working with Feist at Sanford Clinic, Wednesdays are spent at corporate or working on a research project, Thursdays are spent helping with labs for SDSU pharmacy students and Fridays are at either Lewis Southgate or the Sanford Clinic.

“You don’t learn everything in pharmacy school. The extra year of training exposes pharmacists to more diverse patient care, develops leadership skills and grows their knowledge base. The relationships I developed with preceptors during my year of residency continue to be an asset to my practice,” Feist said.

Dan Hansen, dean of the college, said reaccreditation confirms that the objectives of this additional training are on target with professional standards.