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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise

About Us

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is dedicated to delivering advanced medical services in a spiritual and healing environment.  Serving southwest Idaho, eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada, the innovative technologies and compassionate staff all Saint Alphonsus to provide patient-focused care.  Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed hospital and home to the only verified Level II Trauma Center in the area.  As  tertiary care center, services include Idaho's only Neurological Institute and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center and Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Center.  Additional advanced centers for excellence include Oncology, Cardiology, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Women's and Children's.

The mission of the Saint Alphonsus Pharmacy Department is to combine the most capable, highly trained, and motivated employees with evidence-based medicine, proven technology and processes to provide patient-centered pharmaceutical care.  The pharmacy department includes inpatient services, ambulatory and anticoagulation clinics, outpatient cancer care, six specialty inpatient satellites, and telepharmacy services.

PGY1 Residency Information


The Saint Alphonsus PGY1 Residency Program is ASHP accredited and 12 months in duration.  It strives to provide residents with the education and skills necessary to effectively deliver pharmaceutical care in various patient environments.  Throughout the program, the residents will be provided with opportunities to excel and share their knowledge with other members of the staff, patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.  This will be seen through effective education on the monitoring, delivery, safety, and appropriate use of medications.  

Upon completion, residents maintain an important role on the healthcare team and are well-equipped to meet the challenges facing today's health system pharmacy.  Throughout the program, residents develop a high-level of professionalism and compassion for patients consistent with the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's, Saint Alphonsus Health System's and Trinity Health's ministry to heal the body, mind, and spirit.  

Staffing Requirements

Currently, PGY1 Residents are required to staff two shifts every third weekend.  Shifts worked are typically a mix of both day and afternoon shifts in the central pharmacy, however, as residents build their clinical skills, opportunities exists for staffing in clinical areas.

Teaching Certificate & Residency Forum
Saint Alphonsus has partnered with the other Pharmacy Residency programs in the Boise area in the way of a weekly Resident Forum. Each Wednesday the pharmacy residents from St. Luke's, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the Boise V.A. and St. Luke's Twin Falls to discuss clinical topics in the BCPS review guide in order to be fully prepared to take the BCPS exam in Fall following their PGY1 year. During the forum the residents also complete the requirements to obtain a Teaching Certificate from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. In completing this requirement the residents will give a clinical lecture to the pharmacy students at ISU, be featured presenters at the ISHP conferences, and also lead case review classes at ISU during the year.

Application Procedures

Applications to the PGY1 program must be submitted via PhORCAS by January 1, and include:

•·         Letter of Intent

•·         3 Letters of Reference

•·         Current CV

•·         Pharmacy Transcripts



Contact Information
Natalie Buening, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager

PGY1 – Residency Program Director

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

1055 N. Curtis Rd., Boise, ID 83706

Phone: (208) 367-3374
Fax: (208) 367-3038
Email: Natalie.Buening@saintalphonsus.org 

Contact Us:
(208) 342-2581

P.O. Box 7625
Boise, ID 83707

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