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Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2): Emergency Medicine Pharmacy

Our PGY2 emergency medicine residency is a one-year specialty training program to offer residents an experience with all aspects in emergency medicine after completion of a PGY1 residency.  This PGY2 in emergency medicine is designed to transition PGY1 graduates from general practice to specialized practice to meet the needs of patients in the emergency department. 

With access to different emergency departments in the Boise area, the PGY2 EM resident will have the opportunity for a well-rounded experience that ranges from pediatric trauma, adult trauma stabilization, critically ill patients, toxicology, oncologic emergencies in pediatric patients, rural medicine, antimicrobial stewardship/ED culture review, pre/post hospital emergency department care in a diverse population as well as MICU/SICU opportunities. Pharmacy residents will complete training in required core rotations, longitudinal rotations and elective rotations. The primary site of PGY2 EM training will be at St. Luke's Boise which is the only dedicated/acting level II pediatric trauma program in the state of Idaho. 

This 52-week program offers an approximate $61,000 stipend with additional benefits of professional travel reimbursement (financial support provided for attendance at required educational meetings), free parking, paid vacation, health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), and life insurance.

Residency Start Date: First or second Monday in July (depending on when the holiday falls)

Required Rotations:

  • Emergency Medicine - Orientation
  • Emergency Medicine - Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine - Trauma
  • Emergency Medicine - Nocturnist
  • Emergency Medicine - Core
  • Emergency Medicine - Advanced
  • Critical Care (MICU and SICU)
  • Infectious Diseases

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Toxicology
  • Major Project (Research, MUE, or QI/QA)
  • Academia and Teaching
  • Leadership/Management and Medical Writing
  • Staffing

Elective Rotations:

  • Toxicology
  • Rural Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine - Advanced Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine - Advanced Trauma
  • Disaster and Emergency Preparedness


Resident will complete several projects throughout the residency year and will work on one major project to present at Mountain States Residency. This will include an abstract and 15 minute PowerPoint presentation. After returning from Mountain States, the project will be written in manuscript form prior to residency completion. Residents are encouraged to publish this manuscript or work with the RPD to find other opportunities to publish and/or present. The resident will select one preceptor to serve as the primary preceptor for the major residency project. The resident and the preceptor will meet on a regular basis to discuss the details of the project, timeline, obstacles, and accomplishments. 

Residency Qualifications and application requirements:

  • Graduate from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Successful completion of ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency
  • Eligible for Idaho licensure
  • Willing to complete on-site interview
  • Application submission through PHORCAS by first Friday in January; including:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Letter of intent addressing why you are interested in the PGY2 emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Medical Center
    • Three letters of recommendation (one from PGY1 RPD)

Contact Information

For questions, please contact:
Rebecca Haghighi (Finder), PharmD, BCCCP
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director
System ED Pharmacy Program Coordinator
Phone: 208-381-1554
Email: [email protected]

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The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency conducted by St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center, in Boise, ID, is accredited by ASHP.

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