The St. Peter’s Health pharmacy PGY-1 practice residency program is a 12-month post-graduation, ASHP accredited training program that offers a variety of rotations and substantial program flexibility.

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Residency Information

Pharmacists completing the St. Peter’s PGY-1 residency program will function as independent, patient-focused practitioners who are able to provide high level pharmaceutical care in both community based inpatient acute care as well as ambulatory based clinical practice.

Additionally, graduates of the residency program will be qualified to:

  • Provide excellent patient care with a focus on community hospital practice
  • Seek advanced specialty training
  • Seek board certification by the Board of Pharmaceutical Services (BPS)
  • Precept and educate pharmacy residents and students
  • Provide leadership in various practice settings

NMS Code

Application deadline is first Monday in January.

Refer to PhORCAS for the most up-to-date-requirements and deadline.

Residency Contact

Channa Richardson, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director

Shea Fanning, PharmD
Residency Program Coordinator

Why St. Peter’s Health? 

Located in Helena, Montana, St. Peter’s Health is comprised of a 123-bed medical center and two outpatient clinics. St. Peter’s employs approximately 1,250 staff members. Medical staff consists of 110 physicians representing approximately 30 different specialties, with significant strength in primary care. St. Peter’s Health provides healthcare services to an estimated 97,000 residents of a five-county area.

The St. Peter’s Pharmacy Department enjoys a progressive pharmacy practice that includes a broad range of collaborative drug therapy agreements and clinical services. The department is represented by highly qualified staff with a strong interest in teaching and mentorship. Clinical pharmacy services are de-centralized to the following patient care areas:

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Oncology
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Behavioral Health Unit
  • Ambulatory Clinic
  • Antibiotic Stewardship

As integral members of the health care team, pharmacy residents will actively use integrated pharmacotherapeutic skills to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients.

Residents will develop a foundation of critical thinking skills that will enable lifelong learning, professional self-development, and adaptability. These skills are needed to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare environment.

Residents will gain experience with leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and learn to function as effective communicators and educators to patients, colleagues, and other caregivers.

Residency Program Structure:

Required Concentrated Rotational Learning Experiences:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Department
  • Infectious disease with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship
  • Critical Care
  • Internal medicine
  • Orientation
  • Ambulatory Care

Elective Rotational Experiences

There is a total of 8 weeks of elective time. Elective Rotational Experiences are:

  • Developed based on resident's interest
  • Transitions of care
  • Clinical pharmacy services development

Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Formulary management and practice administration
  • Teaching certificate (offered by the University of Montana)
  • Pharmacy service (staffing every other weekend)
  • Interdisciplinary continuing education in-services
  • APPE pharmacy student mentorship
  • Resident research project

Past resident research project examples:

  • Developing a pharmacist-driven penicillin skin testing service
  • Assessing ambulatory pharmacist impact on managing uncontrolled diabetic patients
  • Establishing pharmacist ambulatory clinical services
  • Evaluating the impact of a pharmacist with transitions of case services
  • Implementing a bundle for managing pain, agitation and delirium in the ICU
  • Expanding ambulatory pharmacist clinic by adding behavioral health patient referrals

Residency Benefits

  • Annual salary: $50,128
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Full support for selected pharmacy conferences (ASHP Midyear, Rocky Mountain States, MPA Winter CE and Spring CE)
  • Support for SIDP antibiotic stewardship certificate
  • Free local gym membership to Capital City Health Club

Resident Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for one of St. Peters’ two residency positions, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate of an ACPE accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program
  • Meet requirements for employment at St. Peter’s Hospital
  • U.S. citizenship

Application Process

The following material must be submitted to PhORCAS by the first Monday in January of each year:

  • Letter of intent that includes why you chose to apply to the St. Peter’s residency program
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official pharmacy school transcripts

Why Helena?

Helena is Montana’s Capital City and is conveniently located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering world-class mountain biking or hiking experiences. Rand McNally and awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title.

Fun things to do in and around Helena:

  • Explore Mt. Ascension state park trails
  • Hike Mt. Helena’s extensive trail system
  • Fish the many local lakes or streams
  • Enjoy a craft beer from a local brewery
  • Check out the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts studio
  • Catch a play at the Grandstreet Theatre or the Myrna Loy Center
  • Explore Helena’s downtown and Reeders Alley for food and shopping
  • Winter recreation at the local ski resorts