Idaho Society of 
Health-System Pharmacists


Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise

About Us
Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital regional, faith-based Catholic ministry with over 4,300 associates and a 950+ medical staff which serve 700,000 people in two states. Saint Alphonsus Health System is anchored by the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, providing the most experienced care to the most critically ill patients. Centers of Excellence include: Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Oncology, Orthopedics, Trauma & Emergency and Women's & Children's.

With a promise to keep care close to home for patients, Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Nampa; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Ontario; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Baker City; and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group. Additionally, Saint Alphonsus operates two stand alone emergency departments, one in Eagle, ID and one in Nampa, ID.
PGY1 Residency Information

The ASHP Accredited PGY1 program at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise is a 12 month program that provides the resident with the education and skills necessary to effectively deliver pharmaceutical care in a variety of patient environments.  Inpatient clinical experiences typically include 4 to 6 week rotations at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, while outpatient experiences in ambulatory care are based out of a Saint Alphonsus Medical Group family practice clinic.


Core Rotation Experiences Include Opportunities In:


•·         Critical Care

•·         Ambulatory Care

•·         Adult Medicine

•·         Cardiology

•·         Oncology

•·         Infectious Disease

•·         General Surgery

Elective Rotation Experiences Include Opportunities In:

•·         Anticoagulation

•·         Emergency Medicine

•·         NICU/Pediatrics

•·         Management

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.

Projects & Research

Each Resident is expected to complete a major residency project, as well multiple smaller projects including a MUE, a drug monograph, and a poster presentation at a state or national conference.  In addition, the resident will present the results of their major residency project at the Western States Conference in San Diego.

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.

Post Residency Directions

Graduates of the PGY1 residency program at Saint Alphonsus have gone on to successful pharmacy careers.  A majority have accepted full time positions at Saint Alphonsus (~60%), while others have gone on to complete PGY2 programs (~20%) or have accepted full time positions at other institutions (~20%).  In addition, a majority of graduates have successfully passed board certification exams.

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


On-site Interview

•·         Approximately 18 applicants are invited for an onsite interview in February.

•·         Each interview is scheduled for a half day with two other candidates.

•·         Each candidate will interview with the pharmacy managers, preceptors, and current residents.

•·         Each candidate will present a 10-15 minute presentation on a topic of their choice.


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


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