The Post Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Peter’s is a community hospital-based, ASHP accredited program. We offer high-quality teaching opportunities, led by a dedicated team of preceptors that will support and challenge you to accomplish your career goals.

'Excellent foundation of knowledge'

Stacy Harmon
Stacy Harmon​​​​​

"The PGY1 program at St. Peter's Health provided an excellent foundation of knowledge to build on as I moved into PGY2 and a specialized field of pharmacy… Additionally, the preceptors gave me a home away from home during one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life."

~Stacy Harmon, PharmD  
2018 Resident Graduate

Top 5 Reasons to Consider St. Peter's PGY1

Broad learning experiences in a progressive practice

For a community hospital of our size, we offer a diverse and expansive pharmacy service. Our hospital has decentralized pharmacists located on most major inpatient units (ICU, Emergency Room, Medical, Surgical, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Transitions of Care, Oncology and Inpatient Psychiatry). Our ambulatory care clinics have several embedded pharmacists with varying and specialized roles. Additionally, St. Peter’s is known for its progressive pharmacy practice that includes several unique pharmacist-driven protocols and collaborative practice agreements. You will have ample opportunity to practice at the top of your license during your residency year!

Growth and Expansion

With support from providers and administration, our inpatient and ambulatory pharmacy services have grown considerably over the past several years. Most recently, this includes significant investment into our Transitions of Care service to improve quality and safety for our patients. Our ambulatory care pharmacists have continued to expand into several unique areas including rheumatology, allergy, specialty pharmacy and post-acute care/home health.


Providers and nurses at St. Peter’s Health are consistently reliant upon and supportive of pharmacists as a member of the team. In the ambulatory care setting our providers have helped facilitate several Collaborative Practice Agreements with pharmacists to improve chronic disease state management as well as other patient care initiatives. Preceptors frequently comment on how appreciative they are to have such cooperative relationships with our health care teammates.


We are committed to tailoring the program to each resident’s interests. This is done in several ways, including research project selection, use of elective time, committee participation, teaching opportunities and administrative projects. Research projects are tailored to a resident’s areas of interest whenever possible. In the past, we have had several residents create new services (and pharmacy positions) using their research data as justification for expansion.

Access to Montana’s outdoors

The St. Peter’s Health residency program understands the necessary balance of working hard and playing hard. During your time as a resident, we hope to provide a year that is challenging professionally but also includes enjoying the beauty of Montana. If you enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, floating, mountain biking, winter sports, hot springs or craft brewery trips, Helena may be the perfect place for you!

About St. Peter's Health Pharmacy

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:

Acute Care:

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical Floor
  • Surgical Floor
  • Oncology Floor
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Transitions of Care
  • Behavioral health
  • Peri-Operative Services

Ambulatory Care:

  • Primary care
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Post-acute care
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anemia clinic
  • Specialty pharmacy

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Residency Information

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 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

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

Residency Benefits

  • Annual salary: $54,000
  • 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
  • Dedicated office and computer with ability to access network remotely
  • Scheduled project days/weeks throughout the year

Application Process

Application Process - See PhORCAS for most current requirements/deadlines

In order to be eligible for one of St. Peter’s three residency positions, applicants must:

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

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