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Pharmacotherapy Residency

PGY1 and PGY2 24-month Pharmacotherapy Residency at Idaho State University

Purpose Statement

To prepare board-certified pharmacotherapy specialists with the skills needed to deliver comprehensive care in outpatient primary care and inpatient general medicine settings and effectively teach professional students and post-graduate trainees.

Program Description 

The Idaho State University Pharmacotherapy Residency is a two-year program jointly funded by the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine that provides clinical pharmacy services in both the inpatient and outpatient care settings.Pharmacotherapy residents participate in multidisciplinary rounds on the inpatient medicine service and work hand-in-hand with medical residents to provide therapeutic recommendations and improve patient outcomes. This residency is accredited with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Training Sites

The training sites for the residency include Health West Family Medicine, a non-profit community health center, Portneuf Medical Center, an 187-bed private acute care medical facility, and ISU College of Pharmacy.

The ISU Department of Family Medicine is home to the Clinical Research Center with on-going NIH-sponsored clinical trials, and the southeastern Idaho HIV program that serves 100+ patients. Health West Family Medicine Clinic staff includes 24 full-time physicians (including medical residents), five mid-level practitioners, four pharmacists, and several nurses.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Longitudinal:
    • Internal Medicine
      • Includes Home-based Transition of Care Services
    • Ambulatory Care
      • Anticoagulation Clinic
      • Pharmacotherapy Clinic
    • Academia
      • Teaching Certificate
    • Staffing
      • Refill & Patient Assistance Pharmacy
      • Bengal Pharmacy
    • Residency Quality/Research Project
  • 4-6 week Rotations:
    • Hospital Pharmacy/Oncology
    • Critical Care
  • Extended:
    • Managed Care (MedImpact Healthcare   Systems, Inc. in San Diego, CA)
  • Concentrated:
    • Orientation
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    • Clinical Diabetes Management in Primary Care (Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis, MN)

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Outpatient Cardiology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • HIV/Hepatitis C
  • Opportunities exist to arrange for other experiences

About Pocatello and the Surrounding Areas

Pocatello, the home of Idaho State University, is located in southeastern Idaho, approximately 150 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah. Some of the nation’s best skiing, hiking, camping, biking, hunting and fishing areas are nearby. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, central Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Sun Valley, ID, Jackson Hole, WY, City of Rocks National Reserve, Craters of the Moon National Monument, world-famous Lava Hot Springs and the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states are all within a 3-hour drive from Pocatello. Pocatello was recently ranked the most exciting place in Idaho for its mix of cultural events, music, arts, nightlife, and wide selection of restaurants. The weather is relatively mild for an area situated at 4,600 feet and consists of four seasons where clear, sunny and dry days are the norm. Pocatello has a low cost of living, a family friendly atmosphere and world-class outdoor recreation activities. Enjoy various cultural performances at ISU’s Stephens Performing Arts Center, fourth out of the 25 most amazing performing arts centers in the country.

General Program Information

  • Positions available: Two
  • Orientation begins: mid-June
  • All application documents must be received by 2nd Friday in January
  • The applicant should submit all required documents to PhORCAS

Requirements for Admission

  • Completion of ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program
  • Eligibility for licensure in Idaho
  • Official college transcripts
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed letter of intent
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • On-site Interview
  • Registration and participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program & PhORCAS



  • Blue Shield of Idaho Insurance with medical, vision and dental benefits
  • 15 days of paid vacation per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Financial assistance for meeting attendance & training
  • Annual stipend

Contact Information

Residency Program Director

Eliza Borzadek, RN, Pharm.D., BCPS

465 Memorial Drive

Pocatello, ID 83201

Work phone (208) 282-3413

Fax: (208) 282-5701


Contact Us:
(208) 342-2581

P.O. Box 7625
Boise, ID 83707

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