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PGY1 - System Medication Management

Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) - Pharmacy Residency Program

The purpose of the St. Luke’s Pharmacy Practice Residency - System Medication Management is to provide a valuable pharmacy experience dedicated to direct patient care learning experiences and focused electives in medication management. Residents will complete value-based medication reviews and pharmacoeconomic analyses. The goal of the program is to prepare the resident for career opportunities in health-system practice, pharmacoeconomics, or pharmacy administration.

Core Rotation Experiences

  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious disease
  • Population health
  • Medication management

Longitudinal Rotation Experiences

  • Formulary optimization
  • 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

How does this differ from the traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Residency?

  • Population health is a unique rotation, which will be first after orientation 
  • Elective rotations will all have a focus on medication management 
  • Longitudinal rotations will include formulary optimization and pharmacy management 
  • Project will be focused on value-based medication management 
  • Routine pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committee presentations including new drug reviews, drug class reviews, value-based medication analyses including pharmacoeconomic reviews, and medication use evaluations 
  • Weekly meetings with residency site coordinator 

Staffing Requirements

Currently PGY1 residents are required to staff one shift 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.

What can you expect after completion of this residency?

  • Competency and ability to effectively function in a health-system setting 
  • Effectively complete value-based medication reviews including pharmacoeconomic analyses 
  • Confidence in presenting medication reviews in group settings such as P&T 
  • Next steps in your career may be a role as a health-system pharmacist or pursuit of additional training such as a PGY2 specialty residency in pharmacoeconomics or pharmacy administration 

Application Instructions and Process

  1. Submit an application via PhORCAS by January 3, 2020; 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 3, 2020 for Pharmacy Resident (PGY1) - Boise
  3. On-site interview in February

Contact Information

Kurt Vanden Bosch, Pharm.D.
System Formulary Lead/Residency Site Coordinator
Phone: (208) 421-4336 

ASHP Accredited


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

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