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Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) - Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP Accredited PGY1 Program at St. Luke's Meridian is a 12-month program that develops expertise and competency in providing clinical pharmaceutical care to a variety of different patient types. 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 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.

Clinical rotations are primarily based both out of our 150+ bed inpatient facility. Rotations are typically 4-to-6 weeks in length.

Core Rotation Experiences 

  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Pediatrics 
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious disease

Elective Rotation Experiences 

  • Ambulatory care
  • Oncology 
  • Emergency medicine
  • Rural medicine 
  • Infusion pharmacy
  • Informatics
  • Other electives available upon request

Longitudinal Rotation Experiences 

  • Medication safety
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Teaching certificate
  • Central and decentralized 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 residents are required to staff 1-2 shifts each two-week pay period. This shift occurs primarily on Fridays, which allows for a slower pace with the maximum number of staff on hand to help mentor the resident. Our residents will transition to staffing on weekends in clinical areas during the second half of the year.

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.

Post-Residency Directions

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 Cancer Institute. 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.

Application Instructions and Process

  1. Submit an application via PhORCAS by first Friday in January; 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 first Friday in January 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 Accredited


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

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