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Pharmacy resident meeting with a patient at Mayo Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota

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 provided with feedback 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 — Mankato 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
Orientation 4 weeks
Internal medicine I  4 weeks
Infectious Disease 6 weeks
Ambulatory Care 6 weeks
Critical Care 6 weeks
Internal Medicine II 4 weeks
Health Systems Regional Practice 8 weeks
Medical Response Longitudinal, 12 months
Professional Development and Management Longitudinal, 12 months
Quality Improvement  Longitudinal, 12 months
Research Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching and Learning Certificate 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 in Mankato and, when available, within the Mayo Clinic network of hospitals and clinics.

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

Staffing commitment

As a PGY-1 resident at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato, you provide approximately 32 hours of staffing per month. Staffing may include a combination of day, weekends, and holidays with a central and decentral pharmacy component to advance experience in both operational and clinical pharmacy services. 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.