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Pharmacy residents at Mayo Clinic in Arizona sit down and talk in the clinic

Clinical training

As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, much of your time is devoted to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. A breadth of learning experiences has been designed to increase and refine clinical competency, provide evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic care plans, and develop 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 constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

Drug information is provided to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Feedback is provided to enhance drug information-retrieval skills using a variety of resources and modalities.

Pharmacokinetic monitoring is provided to eligible patients. You serve as an information resource by providing recommendations for appropriate assay procedures, evaluation of serum drug concentrations and appropriate documentation in the medical record.

Required learning experiences

This PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future acute care clinician. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 5 weeks
Critical care 5 weeks
Hematology/oncology 4 weeks
Infectious diseases 5 weeks
Internal medicine I 5 weeks
Internal medicine II 4 weeks
Solid organ transplantation 6 weeks
Longitudinal learning experiences
Medication use evaluation 12 months
Pharmacy Management 12 months
Research 12 months
Pharmacy staffing 11 months
Teaching and learning 12 months

Elective rotations

The elective rotations available allow residents to tailor the learning experience to their needs. Approximately 12 weeks throughout the residency year are dedicated to elective rotations. You may choose any of the following:

  • Advanced kidney pancreas transplant
  • Advanced liver transplant
  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Critical care II
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine clinic
  • Heart failure/Advanced heart transplant
  • IBD clinic
  • Investigational drug services
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Solid tumor oncology
  • Stem cell transplant

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.

Service commitment

All PGY-1 residents provide 32 hours of staffing every four weeks. Staffing may include a combination of weekend and evening experiences to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. Residents typically work two, eight-hour shifts every fourth weekend (rolling basis) and a four-hour evening shift weekly. No formal on-call program exists.

Curriculum enhancements

The Department of Pharmacy is 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.