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Billings Clinic PGY1 pharmacy residents are highly motivated individuals who contribute significantly to clinical pharmacy services and organizational initiatives.

Current Residents

Amber Cain (Campbell University)

Amber Cain

Amber is originally from a small town in eastern North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at East Carolina University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. Amber spent 2 years working for Hospira, specializing in biological quality assurance. This really sparked her interest in pharmacy!. Amber is currently attending Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. She’ll graduate in May with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees. Throughout pharmacy school, Amber worked as an independent community pharmacy intern and was very involved with her school’s pharmacy organizations.

Amber’s primary pharmacy practice interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and oncology. In her free time, Amber enjoys crafting, movie nights, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Sara Leistico (Drake University)

Sara Leistico

Sara grew up in Clear Lake, Minnesota. She became interested in pharmacy at a young age from one of her cousins. After high school, Sara enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for her pre-pharmacy coursework. She is currently completing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Drake. During pharmacy school, Sara worked as a community pharmacy intern at HyVee. She also completed a concentration in behavioral analysis of development disabilities.

Sara’s primary interests in pharmacy include psychiatry (with special interests in development disabilities and substance abuse) as well as pediatrics. In her free time, Sara enjoys cooking and reading for fun! She also loves playing with her 2 cats.

Ira Li (University of Montana)

Ira Li

Ira grew up in Laurel, MT. Following high school graduation, Ira moved up to Missoula to attend the University of Montana (UM) for both his pre-pharmacy coursework and Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Throughout school, Ira was very involved with many different pharmacy organizations at UM. He also worked one summer as a community pharmacy intern at Wal-Mart. Starting in his second year of pharmacy school, Ira began working at Partnership Health Center Pharmacy, where he developed a love for ambulatory care.

Within pharmacy, Ira enjoys ambulatory care, internal medicine, and oncology. In his down time, Ira loves playing music (he’s an excellent piano and guitar player), video games, reading, skiing, and hiking.

Emma Murter (University of Montana)

Emma Murter

Emma is a native of Hardin, MT. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT where she earned bachelor’s degrees in microbiology and the honors program. Emma is currently attending the University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT for her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. She’ll graduate in May with her PharmD as well as Master of Public Health degree. Throughout pharmacy school, Emma was very involved with the campus pharmacy and public health organizations. Additionally, Emma worked as an inpatient pharmacy intern at Billings Clinic, concentrating on medication histories.

Emma’s practice interests within pharmacy include pain, informatics, infectious diseases, cardiology, and administration. In her free time, Emma loves knitting, weaving, and being outdoors. She also loves “talking shop” with her parents and brother who are also in healthcare.

Former Residency Graduates

2019 - 2020 (Year 11)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2019-2020

2018 – 2019 (Year 10)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2018-2019

2017 – 2018 (Year 9)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2017-2018

2016 – 2017 (Year 8)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2016-2017

2015 - 2016 (Year 7)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2015-2016

2014 – 2015 (Year 6)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2014-2015

2013 – 2014 (Year 5)

Residency Graduates 2013-2014

2012 – 2013 (Year 4)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2012-2013

2011 – 2012 (Year 3)

Pharmacy Residency Graduates 2011-2012

2010 – 2011 (Year 2)

Residency Graduates 2010-2011

2009 – 2010 (Year 1)

Residency Graduates 2009-2010

What residents like about the Billings Clinic PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


"My favorite part of being a resident at Billings Clinic is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. Not only are the preceptors brilliant pharmacists and wonderful teachers and mentors, but the entire pharmacy department supports us as residents and monumentally contributes to nurturing our clinical knowledge and practice skills on a daily basis."

"The best thing about doing a PGY1 residency at Billings Clinic is the PRECEPTORS. You cannot ask for a better group of compassionate, knowledgeable, and passionate pharmacists to learn from."

"My preceptors and co-workers make this residency one of the best and I’m so grateful for the experience to learn from highly trained practitioners that consistently provide the best patient care."

Interdepartmental Collaboration

"Another aspect I love about being a resident at Billings Clinic is how well respected pharmacy is within the institution by all departments and providers."

"Almost all rotations involve a daily rounding component where pharmacists are a critical part of the healthcare team and help providers make important clinical decisions. Pharmacists are sought out on a daily basis to assist in drug-related questions and we make interventions daily."

Patient Care

"You can directly see the impact you make on the patients and their health."


"I also love the flexibility within the residency. I have been able to explore many different interests, which has helped me discover where my true passions are and where I see myself headed in the future."