Pharmacy student and preceptor reviewing a patient’s prescription needs with doctors at Mayo Clinic

Developing the future pharmacist

After completing the 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato, Minnesota, you will be a proficient independent general practitioner capable of providing broad pharmacotherapy knowledge to a multitude of patient populations.

The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and eligible for board certification and postgraduate, year-two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

The program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacist. As a pharmacy resident, you:

  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in a broad range of therapeutics through direct patient care
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary health care team offering patient-specific interventions to optimize drug therapy outcomes
  • Provide drug information to the interdisciplinary team in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect
  • Enhance your skills in conducting clinical research, medication use evaluations and quality improvement initiatives
  • Strengthen your communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing a professional manuscript, and leading interdisciplinary discussions
  • Participate as an active member in cardiopulmonary resuscitations
  • Develop pharmacy practice management skills by leading various committees, establishing policies and understanding the pharmacy practice philosophy
  • Network with fellow pharmacy residents and practicing clinicians through professional membership and conferences

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency provides opportunities for general training in numerous areas of practice. During each learning experience, you work closely with preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, providers, and other allied health care professionals.

Program history

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2009. Graduates of the program have obtained positions in community hospitals and academic medical centers, and have completed additional postgraduate training.

The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. One candidate is selected on a competitive basis each year.

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.


Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is a licensed, 166-bed, community hospital located in Mankato, Minnesota, and is part of Mayo Clinic Health System — Southwest Minnesota region. Training for this residency program is primarily conducted in Mankato, with additional experiences at regional sites (including six hospitals and 20 clinics) and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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