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Teaching and Learning

Completion of a longitudinal teaching and learning certificate (TLC) is required for all PGY-1 residents. The TLC curriculum was specifically designed to train you on the expectations, roles, and responsibilities associated with teaching learners in didactic and experiential settings. Completion of the certificate program prepares you for a future role as preceptor, mentor, or faculty member. Each resident is assigned a TLC mentor and the curriculum consists of the following requirements:

TLC workshop

At the beginning of the academic year, you will attend an eight-hour workshop to learn the foundational principles of pedagogy, course creation, philosophies of learning, writing measureable objectives, and creating evaluation questions. The latter portion of the workshop includes case-based vignettes that focus on difficult or challenging scenarios that young preceptors may encounter.   

Formal presentations

You are required to provide continuing education presentations at various venues throughout the academic year. One such venue is Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds, where residents showcase pharmacology expertise to an interdisciplinary audience comprised of pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse specialists, and nurses. Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds is accredited for ACPE, AMA, ANCC, and AAPA continuing education credit and broadcast to all Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System sites across the United States. Regardless of location, learners can actively participate in assessment questions using state-of-the-art polling software on mobile devices. Formal evaluations on presentation skills are provided to you for continued public speaking development.

Informal presentations

Given the role of pharmacists serving as a medication expert at the bedside, you are required to deliver informal presentations to the interdisciplinary team that focus on succinct education pearls related to a patient the team is caring for. As a resident, you may have additional presentation requests by the interdisciplinary team while on specific learning experiences.


As pharmacy residents transition to future preceptor, it is imperative that residency programs provide adequate training, opportunities, and support to refine precepting skills. By learning and working alongside an experienced preceptor, you will be guided through your first precepting experience with an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) student.

Teaching philosophy, portfolio, and certificate

In order to best prepare you to serve as a preceptor and/or faculty member at a College of Pharmacy, you are required to develop a teaching philosophy statement that highlights your beliefs on teaching and learning in pharmacy education. Once the teaching philosophy and evidence (such as evaluations and presentation slides) of TLC requirements are reviewed and approved, you receive a Mayo Clinic Department of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate.