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Teaching and Learning

TLC workshop

At the beginning of the academic year, residents 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.   


Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds

As a pharmacy resident, you will 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 the resident for continued public speaking development.

Noon Conference

As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, you are required to present during the noon conference to medical residents enrolled in the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency program in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This presentation is 35-40 minute in length and is intended to focus on current disease state management options that are applicable to both inpatient and outpatient practice settings.

Successful Aging

In collaboration with a pharmacy co-resident, this presentation is developed and provided as part of a community education group that meets monthly at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Successful Aging presentation is designed to provide community members a better understanding and management of personal health care issues as well as equip attendees with the necessary tools to better implement personal disease state management strategies. This presentation is 35-40 minutes in length and incorporates a substantial amount of time for discussion between the presenters and the patients who attend the event.

Informal presentations

Given the role of pharmacists serving as a medication expert at the bedside, resident 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. Residents may have additional presentation requests by the interdisciplinary team while on specific learning experiences.

Precepting and classroom teaching

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, residents are guided through their first precepting experience of an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) student.

Beginning early 2021, pharmacy residents will also have the opportunity to provide didactic clinical pharmacology lectures to students enrolled in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program.

Teaching and learning certificate

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.

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