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Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP

Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP

Program Director

Pharmacy Education Supervisor

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, College of Medicine

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

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Alicia Sacco, PharmD, BCCCP

Alicia Sacco, PharmD, BCCCP

Assistant Program Director

Critical Care Pharmacist

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, College of Medicine

Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist

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From the Program Director

The pharmacy profession is constantly evolving. As the PGY-1 Residency Program Director at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Arizona, my responsibility is to prepare each resident to meet today’s patient care needs and anticipate tomorrow’s possibilities.

Dr. Will Mayo’s 1910 commencement speech led to our core value, "the needs of the patient come first." Over one hundred years later, this value demonstrated through incorporation of the interdisciplinary team approach across the spectrum of patient care practice.

Our core value, along with Mayo Clinic’s three shields: patient care, education, and research, forms the foundation of our program.  Throughout the residency, your pharmacotherapeutic knowledge base will be refined through participation in interdisciplinary rounds and review of patients. Teaching seminars, precepting, and presenting to a variety of practitioners will strengthen your teaching skills while our research curriculum will enhance your research skills.

A PGY-1 residency is a yearlong commitment to personal and professional growth. Throughout this journey, our dedicated preceptors will support you every step of the way — helping you expand your clinical skills and tailoring the experience to meet your needs. At the journey’s end, your commitment and dedication will have prepared you to be an indispensable member of the health care team.

Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP
Program Director
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Arizona

Pharmacy services (Arizona)

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world. Every year more than 1.3 million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic, where the primary value is "the needs of the patient come first."

Mayo Clinic is consistently recognized on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list as one of the best hospitals in the nation.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Arizona and is nationally ranked in 10 medical specialties. Mayo Clinic Hospital — Arizona, on the Phoenix campus, is the first hospital planned, designed and built by Mayo Clinic. Completed in the fall of 1998, the hospital is designed to deliver high-quality inpatient medical care in an efficient and friendly environment.

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
  • Drug information services
  • Infusion therapy center
  • In-service education and other scholarly activities
  • Investigational drug studies
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Medication therapy management and specialty clinic ambulatory care services
  • Outpatient distribution
  • Patient education programs
  • Perpetual inventory control
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring and management
  • Pharmacy informatics and technology support
  • Pharmacy, therapeutics and formulary committee support
  • Sterile and nonsterile compounding

Dedicated preceptors

Dedicated preceptors provide direct patient care in virtually every specialty area and are actively involved in resident teaching and other scholarly activities. The preceptors come from diverse backgrounds and share numerous years of experience, clinical knowledge and research interests. You have direct access to these and many more preceptors and mentors to optimize the learning experience.

All residency program preceptors meet the qualifications outlined by ASHP.

Practice areas

A broad range of pharmacy practice work areas are available at one of the world's preeminent medical institutions. Whether your interests lie in inpatient medication management and monitoring or outpatient services and consultation, you are afforded countless learning and teaching opportunities in a resource-rich environment.


Mayo Clinic Hospital — Arizona is composed of the 268-bed, seven-story hospital with 21 operating suites and an ER. In the hospital environment, pharmacists work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize patient outcomes. Pharmacists, residents, and students are longstanding, integral members of a team that continually advances the pharmacy profession.


Mayo Clinic has a very large outpatient practice with care provided in virtually every specialty. Pharmacists support this large practice through multiple pharmacy locations, including primary practice, decentralized inpatient practices, clinical pharmacy specialists, and outpatient pharmacy services.