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Pharmacist gives medication to a patient in the clinic

As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, you will devote much of your time to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. A breadth of learning experiences have been designed to increase and refine your clinical competency. You will provide evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic care plans and develop your confidence as an independent practitioner. 

Direct patient care services will allow you to provide patient-specific pharmaceutical care services. Responsibilities include development of individualized care and monitoring plans for various patient populations. After coaching, instruction, and modeling by a preceptor, you will be assessed and constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

You will provide drug information to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals. Your preceptors will offer feedback to enhance your drug-information retrieval skills using a variety of resources and modalities.

Required learning experiences

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Albert Lea and Austin is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future pharmacy clinician. Required learning experiences may be tailored to your interests and include the following::

Area of Training Length
Orientation 8 weeks
Acute care 4 weeks
Antimicrobial stewardship 6 weeks
Comprehensive medication management 6 weeks
Oncology clinic 4 weeks
Oncology/infusion therapy 4 weeks
Outpatient clinic/leadership 4 weeks
Emergency medicine Longitudinal, 12 months
Pharmacy leadership and administration Longitudinal, 12 months
Quality improvement Longitudinal, 12 months
Research Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching and learning certificate Longitudinal, 12 months

Elective learning

Electives are available in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings that allow you to tailor the program to your needs. The list below includes a sampling of learning experiences that are available to PGY-1 residents through Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.

  • Cardiology ICU
  • Pediatrics
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Pharmacy informatics

Staffing commitment

As a PGY-1 resident at Mayo Clinic Health System — Albert Lea and Austin, you provide approximately 32 hours of staffing per month. Staffing may include a combination of day, weekend, and holiday hours with a central and decentral pharmacy component to advance experience in both operational and clinical pharmacy services. No formal on-call program exists.

Curriculum enhancements

The Department of Pharmacy and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences are committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.