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Pharmacy Resident speaks with faculty member at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Clinical training

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

Direct patient care services 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 are assessed and constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

You provide drug information to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Your preceptors 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 — Eau Claire is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future pharmacy clinician. Required learning experiences may be extended based on your interests and include the following:

Area Length
Cardiology and intermediate care 4 weeks
Central pharmacy operations 4 weeks
Critical care 4 weeks
Internal medicine 4 weeks
Infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship 4 weeks
Oncology clinic 4 weeks
Orientation 2 weeks
Primary care medication management 4 weeks
Medical resuscitation response Longitudinal, 12 months
Pharmacy leadership and administration Longitudinal, 12 months
Research Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching and learning Longitudinal, 12 months
Quality improvement Longitudinal, 12 months

Elective learning experiences

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 learning experiences that past PGY-1 residents have completed at Mayo Clinic Health System — Eau Claire.

  • Anticoagulation service
  • Clinical pharmacogenomics*
  • Community pharmacy
  • Critical access hospital
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infusion
  • Investigational drug services*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Pharmacy informatics

*Elective based in Rochester, Minnesota

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request. Residents may also elect to repeat a more focused and intense required learning experience in the following areas:

  • Cardiology and intermediate care
  • Critical care
  • Clinical oncology
  • Pharmacy leadership and administration

Staffing commitment

All PGY-1 residents provide approximately 35 hours of staffing every four weeks. Staffing may include a combination of weekend and evening experiences to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. 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.