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Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) - Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
For more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center has been committed to serving the needs of a growing region. Founded in 1902 as a six-bed frontier hospital, St. Luke’s Boise is now Idaho’s largest health care provider, and the flagship hospital of St. Luke's Health System.

St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center opened its doors in 2001 and has been growing strong ever since.The hospital's location provides convenient access to 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic procedures, a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, physicians' offices, and maternity and pediatric care.

Known for its clinical excellence, St. Luke's Meridian have been nationally recognized for quality and patient safety, and is proud to be designated a Magnet hospital, the gold standard for nursing care.
PGY1 Residency Information

The ASHP Accredited PGY1 Program at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center is a 12 month program that develops expertise and competency in providing clinical pharmaceutical care to a variety of different patient types. Clinical rotations are primarily based both out of our 150+ bed inpatient facility located in Meridian, Idaho. Rotations are typically 4 to 6 weeks in length.

Core Rotation Experiences Include Opportunities In:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease
Elective Rotation Experiences Include Opportunities In:
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Rural Medicine in McCall, Idaho
  • Geriatrics
Staffing Requirements - Currently PGY1 Residents are required to staff one to two 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 have also requested to staff on weekends in clinical areas during the second half of the year, which we are currently looking into as an option.

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.

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 Conf, etc.)
- Example Poster ASHP Poster Final.pdf

Teaching Certificate & Residency Forum
St. Luke's 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 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 St. Luke's 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 - 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 Mountain States Tumor Institute or MSTI. 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 Procedures
  • Applications to the PGY1 program must be submitted via PhORCAS by Jan 6th
    • Includes a Letter of Intent
    • 3 Letters of Reference
    • Current CV
    • Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Applicants must also complete a St. Luke's online application for the Pharmacy Practice Residency at Boise
  • On-site Interview
    • Approximately 10 applicants are invited for an onsite interview in February
    • Each interview is scheduled for a 1/2 day at our Meridian campus and is with two other candidates
    • Each candidate will interview with the Residency Program Director, site coordinator, current preceptors and current pharmacy residents.
    • Each candidate will also be expected to present a 15 minute presentation on a clinical area or subject of their choice
    • As an additional option - their may also be a patient case to be completed during the interview process

        • Residency Information:


          12 mo/residency

          Number of Positions:

          Meridian -2

          Application Deadline:

          January 2018

          Starting Date:

          July 1

          Estimated Stipend:


          Interview Required:


      Contact Information:

      Katie Vuong, Pharm.D., BCPS

      (208) 381-2476

      Fax: (208) 381-3554

      Email: vuongk@slhs.org

Contact Us:
(208) 342-2581

P.O. Box 7625
Boise, ID 83707

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