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PGY1 - Community-Based Pharmacy

Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) - Community Residency Program

This 12-month program develops expertise and competency in providing pharmaceutical care to a variety of different patient types in an outpatient setting. Because we're a health system, this experience also offers exposure to the inpatient setting. 

Residents train under the guidance of skilled preceptors in various specialties to grow significantly in their clinical skills and in the areas of pharmacy operations, teaching, medication use policy, and evaluation. The goal is to develop innovative pharmacy practice leaders who are prepared to tackle the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care system. 

The residency experience encompasses core area practice, elective experiences, and longitudinal participation in administration, operational staffing, and teaching. Flexibility built into our program allows each resident to tailor a program to fit their individual needs. This residency program prepares the resident for an advanced residency (PGY2) in ambulatory care or for advanced community practice. 

Core Rotation Experiences

  • Discharge medication management
  • Transitions of care
  • Medication therapy management
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Outpatient infusion therapy
  • Hospice
  • Lifestyle medicine

Longitudinal Rotation Experiences

  • Ambulatory care
  • Medication safety
  • Teaching certificate
  • Outpatient pharmacy staffing


  • ISHP Fall Meeting

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

  • Mountain States Conference

Program Details

  • Start date: late June or early July
  • Estimated stipend: $51,000

Staffing Requirements

Currently PGY1 resident is required to staff one shift each two-week pay period. This shift occurs primarily on Mondays.

Projects & Research

Each resident is expected to complete at least two large projects during their PGY1 year. The first is typically an MUE that will be presented as a poster at the ISHP Fall Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho at the end of September. The second is their major project which will be presented at a regional spring conference (e.g., in years past our residents have presented their major projects at the Mountain States Pharmacy Conference in Utah).

Additional Research Project Opportunities

Residents also have the option of presenting a poster at the ASHP Midyear Meeting held in December or at any number of other conferences that occur during the year (e.g., HOPA, ISHP Spring Conference, etc.). 

Teaching Certificate & Residency Forum

St. Luke's has partnered with the other pharmacy residency programs across the region to bring residents together to collaborate as they work to complete the requirements to obtain a teaching certificate from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. In completing these requirements, St. Luke's residents will give a clinical lecture to the pharmacy students at ISU, be featured presenters at the ISHP conferences, lead case review classes at ISU during the year, and precept a student.

Application Instructions and Process

  1. Submit an application via PhORCAS by January 4, 2019; application to include:
    • Letter of intent
    • Three letters of reference
    • Current CV
    • Pharmacy transcripts
  2. Applicants must also complete a St. Luke's online application by January 4, 2019 for Pharmacy Resident (PGY1) - Boise
  3. On-site interview in February

Contact Information

Katie Vuong, Pharm.D., BCPS 
Clinical Pharmacy Director/Residency Program Director
Phone: (208) 381-2476

ASHP Pre-Candidate


The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency conducted by St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID is pre-accredited by ASHP.