Boise VA Medical Center Pharmacy Resident Program - Boise VA Medical Center
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Boise VA Medical Center


Boise VA Medical Center Pharmacy Resident Program


2020-2021 Residency/Fellowship Class:

Left to Right: Brian Piotrowski, PGY1; Catherine Smith, MH PGY2 – Chief Resident; Shelby Lawrence, AmCare PGY2; Judith Councell, AmCare PGY2; Samichhya Baruwal, PGY1; Kristin Cleverdon, PGY1; Hilary Deragisch, AmCare PGY2; Susan Kresge, PGY1

The Boise VAMC is home to a diverse group of professional training programs. The Pharmacy Department is proud to offer ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, PGY2 Ambulatory Care, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy, and a 2-year Infectious Diseases Fellowship program (not accredited).  The Veterans that we serve give our staff and trainees a higher purpose as we carry out President Lincoln’s promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan".  Because education is one of four of the VA’s statutory missions, pharmacy trainees can count on their experiences at the Boise VA to be of the highest quality.  Our institution has a long history of collaborative work between professions including clinical pharmacy practice at the cutting edge.  Because our Boise facility is located in the heart of the rural West, we have built robust primary care capabilities on-site, in our rural community clinics, and via telehealth technology.  Our trainees are able to benefit from all of these care modalities during their time here.  We also specialize in infectious diseases, behavioral health care, complex pain management, virtual primary care, leadership development, quality improvement processes, and interprofessional education and practice.  We hope the Boise VA becomes your first choice for your future training.

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Training Site Overview

The Boise VA Medical Center is part of VA NW Health Network (VISN 20), which includes facilities in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  The Boise VA Medical Center is an 87-bed facility, which includes an adjacent 32-bed extended care and rehabilitation unit, and 18 bed inpatient substance abuse unit. The Boise VA Medical Center also operates Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Twin Falls and Caldwell, Idaho and Outreach Clinics in Burns, Oregon and Salmon, Idaho. The Boise VA Medical Center is an acute care teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research.  Comprehensive health care is provided with onsite specialty areas including medicine, surgery, geriatrics, psychiatry, women’s health, cardiology, oncology, and rheumatology.


A competitive annual stipend is provided to residents as well as 13 paid holidays, annual leave, sick leave, health care benefits, personal office space, and free parking.

Additionally, residents may receive a teaching certificate through the Boise Learning and Teaching program. Through the program, residents will become Idaho State University affiliate faculty members, and have opportunities to lecture or lead case discussions for pharmacy students. Residents may also precept APPE or IPPE students on rotation at the VA.

The Boise VA Medical Center is also one of seven facilities in the nation chosen to participate in the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education. The goal of this program is to encourage transformation of clinical education by preparing graduates of health professional programs to work in and lead patient‐centered interprofessional teams that provide coordinated longitudinal care. Both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will be involved in this exciting program will be involved in this exciting program by participating in quality improvement projects, and providing education to medicine, psychology, and nurse practitioner residents. More information on this exciting program can be found here: