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Department and Faculty

Kimberly Burkhalter, PharmD, BCCCPFrom the Program Director

When you choose to continue your education at Mayo Clinic Health System – La Crosse, you become part of the rich heritage of Mayo Clinic whose unwavering focus is the “needs of the patient come first.” As the healthcare environment changes, this is the beacon that guides what we do each day.

As a member of the health care team in La Crosse you will have opportunity to contribute to the provision of high-quality patient care through safe, evidence-based treatment that incorporates patient-specific goals to optimizes outcomes. You will have access to world-renowned resources including knowledgeable, board certified preceptors that support your development as a clinical pharmacist. Additionally, you will have the privilege of providing meaningful contributions to advance clinical practice through collaboration on the local and enterprise level as we strive toward the vision of transforming medicine in order to connect and cure as the global authority in the care of serious or complex disease.

As the healthcare environment changes, we invite you to grow and change with us as we fulfill the mission of inspiring hope and promoting health through integrated clinical practice, education, and research. We look forward to being part of your educational journey!

Kimberly Burkhalter, PharmD, BCCCP
Program Director
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse

Department of Pharmacy (La Crosse)

The Department of Pharmacy at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse employs over 60 individuals in the Southwest Wisconsin Region, including approximately 30 pharmacists, to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical services.

Pharmacy services provided include:

  • Central pharmacy distribution
  • Clinical pharmacy decision-support software
  • Collaborative practice agreements
  • Computerized intravenous admixture and unit dose dispensing
  • Decentralized clinical pharmacy practice
  • In-service education and other scholarly activities
  • Medication reconciliation and discharge huddles
  • Outpatient distribution
  • Patient education programs
  • Perpetual inventory control
  • Pharmacist-led research and research support services
  • Pharmacist-managed anticoagulation services
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring and management
  • Pharmacy informatics and technology support
  • Pharmacy, therapeutics and formulary committee support

Dedicated preceptors

As a resident, you have direct access to skilled and dedicated preceptors and mentors to optimize your learning experience. All preceptors meet qualifications outlined by ASHP, and many are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

Practice areas

A broad range of pharmacy practice work areas are available at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse. As a resident, you are afforded a variety of acute care training experiences that focus on medication management and monitoring along with countless learning and teaching opportunities in a resource-rich environment.


Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin is a Joint Commission-licensed, 331-bed, community hospital, and is part of the Southwest Wisconsin Region of Mayo Clinic Health System. Six additional communities make up the Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse Southwest Wisconsin Region, including a location in Sparta, Wisconsin that provides transition of care services to the region. In the hospital environment, pharmacists work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize patient outcomes. Pharmacists, residents, and students are long-standing, integral members of a collaborative team that continually works to better serve patients in the region while providing the highest quality service possible.


Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse has a large outpatient pharmacy practice that dispenses approximately 775 prescriptions a day. Patients are afforded comprehensive pharmacy from a team of trusted pharmacist and pharmacy technician experts.