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PGY1 Community Based Residency

PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

The residency prepares clinicians who are creative problem solvers in the outpatient pharmacy landscape.

To revolutionize community practice in the United States through demonstration of clinically innovative pharmacy development and pharmacist provider-driven sustainable outpatient pharmacy practice.


  • Innovation: As the leading state with pharmacist recognition as rendering providers, Idaho State University values the continual innovation of pharmacist provided direct patient care services.
  • Sustainability: Independent pharmacist prescribing and payment for pharmacist provided services.
  • Clinically Integrated Network (CIN): Collaboration across pharmacies for enhanced recognition and contracting
  • Location: Partnering with independent community pharmacies across Idaho (CPESN-ID) and Alaska
  • Technology: Using technology to support resident learning across sites

Debbie Marchetti, PharmD
marcdebr@isu.edu | (208) 282-3396

Program Information

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Academia (11 Months)
    • Teaching Certificate
    • Case Studies Instruction
    • Didactic Instruction
    • CE generation and delivery
  • Project (12 Months)
    • Quality Improvement -or- Research (residents chosen area of interest)
  • Patient-Centered Dispensing (11 Months)
    • Bengal Pharmacy (1 day/week)
    • Telepharmacy
    • Direct Patient Care Services (Vaccinations, Prescriptive Protocols, Post-Diagnostic Education)
  • Management (11 Months - 1 day/week)
    • Foundational concepts for healthcare service delivery in the outpatient setting
    • Basic components for independent pharmacy functions
    • Advanced concepts for expanding/enhancing services
    • Business Plan with service protocol
  • Direct Patient Care (Pocatello Free Clinic and/or ISU HealthWest, Snell’s Clinical & Diabetes Center, and ISU Pharmacist Clinics)
    • Medication Therapy Management
    • Disease State Management
    • Pharmacy Programs Development
    • Independent pharmacist prescribing
    • Immunizations
    • Additional services as offered by site

Block Experiences

  • Orientation (6-week block)

The resident may complete 1 or 2 of the following electives:

  • Longitudinal experiences
    • Medical billing/EHR platform service development
    • Advancement of post-diagnostic care program
    • Others as may be determined as appropriate per RPD approval
  • Concentrated learning experience
    • Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coach Training
    • Washington State Pharmacy Association Clinical Specialist Certification
    • Others as may be determined as appropriate per RPD approval

Additional electives may be designed by the resident and residency program director at the request of the resident. 

Residents receive medical, dental, and vision benefits during their employment. Deductions for these benefits are withdrawn from the resident’s biweekly paycheck. Residents also qualify for 15 days of leave and 11 holidays per year as specified by Idaho State University. Leave is considered both sick leave and vacation leave. Unused time off will be lost at the conclusion of residency.


  • Create a collaborative practice agreement or a protocol for independent pharmacist prescribing
  • Participate in 4 community service events during the course of the residency year
    • Many opportunities will be available to precept students during “Operation” events
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a new or enhanced clinical service
    • Descriptive report of the evaluation
  • Present quality improvement or research project at American Pharmacists Association (ongoing or final) and Mountain States Regional Conference (final)
  • Submit manuscript suitable for publication to RAC by June 15
  • Submit business plan suitable for presentation to funding interest (e.g. bank, owner, grants agency)
  • Complete Teaching Certificate
    • 6 modules during residency
    • Teaching philosophy
  • Present at least 3 didactic sessions in a health professions program or CE (Academia)
  • Precept/lead at least one 8-week block of Case Studies (Academia)
  • Perform Diversity Resource Guide (DRG) training and perform review at a practice site
    • ASHP Diversity Resident Resource Guide
    • Prepare a written report of findings
    • Identify 1 area for improvement, facilitate implementation, evaluate implementation, and report to pharmacy leadership on changes
  • Participate in the pharmacy innovation and development process
  • Complete 3 written responses to drug information inquiries
  • 80% of all objectives marked ACHR
  • All patient care objectives marked ACHR


The following qualifications establish eligibility for appointment as a resident in an ISU Pharmacy Residency program:

  • Graduation from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited college of pharmacy in the USA or Canada
  • Eligibility for licensure in the State of Idaho by September 1st
  • Participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program and PhORCAS

Selection and Application Requirements

Upon completion of an ACPE-accredited PharmD program, all applicants must apply through the online application process known as PhORCAS by the deadline specified each year. The residency selection committee assigns one or two members to assess applicant portfolios using consistent criteria (pre-interview assessment form) to develop a pre-interview rank order list. Interviews are offered to candidates using data gathered from this process.

The application portfolio and process must include:

  • Official Pharmacy School transcripts
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) professional letters of reference
  • Letter of Intent
  • Professional photo
  • On-site interview

The number of interviews offered per year will vary based on size and strength of applicant pool. Applicants may be denied an interview opportunity based on their scores on the pre-interview assessment form. A preliminary post-interview rank list is determined by the RPD using information gained from application portfolios and interviews. The RPD then conducts a rank order meeting in which all residents and interviewing preceptors can contribute to the final rank order list. The Rank Order Document includes the Pros/Highlights, Cons/Concerns, and the Overall Impression of each interviewed candidate. Changes to the rank list may be made if the majority of program preceptors who interviewed candidates agree. The final rank list is submitted by the RPD using the National Matching Service platform.


Onsite interviews are conducted in January and February – specific dates are determined yearly. The following elements typically occur with each interview:

    • Invitation to social event with current residents (if applicable)
    • Overview of residency program and requirements for completion
    • Tour of pharmacy and city of Pocatello (if applicable)
    • Interviews with minimum of two preceptors and RPD
    • Patient case work-up and/or discussion
    • Lunch with interviewers, applicants and residents
    • Short presentation—topic and instructions determined each year

All interviewing applicants will receive an electronic copy of the residency manual prior to the interview date


Project Title

Fallyn Lambertsen



Christine Phan


Community Pharmacist-led & Evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Service

Cassidy Hencley


Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Caitlin Brown


Impact of opioid protocol on patient access to naloxone and morphine milligram equivalents-prescribing trends

Evaluation of a pediatric adherence service in an independent community pharmacy

Kelvin Tran


Feasibility of implementing Med Sync in a rural telepharmacy with four remote locations

Immunization series completion project

Kori Wittrock


Implementation of a drug take-back service across a 4-site telepharmacy in rural Idaho

Implementation of a pharmacist-led hormonal contraceptive prescribing service

Bret Healy


MTM implementation in community and primary pharmacy practice


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