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Resident Life

Arizona pharmacy residency represent Mayo Clinic at the 2022 ASHP conference.
Arizona pharmacy residents represent Mayo Clinic at the 2022 ASHP conference.

The pharmacy residents enjoy all of the opportunities that being at Mayo Clinic affords. As a learner in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, you will have access to numerous resources to support your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Fitness centers

Fitness options at Mayo Clinic in ArizonaAs a resident or fellow at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, you have access to an exclusive learners-only gym and wellness center conveniently located on the Phoenix campus. Additionally, Mayo Clinic residents or fellows at our three campuses get discounted membership fees to area gyms through PerkSpot, the Mayo Clinic employee discount program.

All Arizona learners can also sign up to take fitness classes and health workshops through the department of Integrative Health or through the Mayo Clinic Well-Being program.

Groups on campus

Trainees at the MERG fairOpportunities to join a variety of groups on campus provide regular social activities and can help enhance your training while connecting with a broad group of peers.

Trainees have the opportunity to join a Mayo Employee Resource Group (MERG) at any time during their training program. Current MERGs on the Phoenix/Scottsdale campus in Arizona include groups based on African, Asian, and Latino heritage as well as groups focused on veterans, global health, leadership development, and LGBTI and differently-abled staff and allies.


Cardiovascular diseases fellow works on a computer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.The Student Services office provides resources to promote academic, emotional, social, cognitive, financial, and physical well-being. Career and academic services include academic advising, peer tutoring, and accommodations for learners with disabilities or health conditions. Mental health services, counseling, interview practice, and a variety of enrichment sessions on topics like budgeting, resiliency, and stress and burn-out are also available through the Student Services office.

Phoenix skyline

Explore Arizona

While Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the nation, it is unique in its closeness to wilderness and nature, providing opportunities to enjoy both city life and the great outdoors.

Outside of work, residents are able to enjoy the Phoenix/Scottsdale areas and their numerous attractions. Here are some of the things current and previous residents have enjoyed:

  • Food/drink: There are many options in Phoenix for cuisine from all over the world. Abundant nightlife can also be found in Old Town Scottsdale.
  • Arts/culture: There are several museums in the Valley, including the Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Gardens, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center, and the Musical Instrument Museum. Some museums offer free admission days.
  • Attractions: In addition to the museums mentioned above, family-friendly attractions include the Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo, OdySea Aquarium, and SeaLife Aquarium. Scottsdale Quarter, Kierland Commons, Fashion Square, and Old Town Scottsdale also offer a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy.
  • Sports: Phoenix is home to many professional sports teams. Of major-league sports, there are the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and Phoenix Mercury.
  • Concerts: There are numerous performance venues to catch nationwide tours of various pop, R&B, hip hop, country, alternative, indie, and rock concerts. Some of these include Marquee Theater, Celebrity Theatre, Arizona Federal Theatre, Mesa Amphitheatre, The Van Buren, among others.
  • Water activities: Despite being a desert, there are several lakes and rivers nearby! There is the Salt River, where you can kayak, paddleboard, or tube down. There are also various lakes, including Saguaro Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Canyon Lake for boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
  • Nature/hiking: Many of the residents love all the nature and hiking that Arizona has to offer. There are various mountain preserves for hiking within the city. Additionally, the Superstition Mountains are an hour away with various trail options. Tonto National Forest, Prescott National Forest, and Coconino National Forests are all within close proximity and provide abundant hiking, off-roading, and camping activities.
  • Day/weekend trips: There are abundant day and weekend trips from Scottsdale. Going North in the summer to Sedona or Flagstaff often provides cooler weather for camping or hotels to escape the heat. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding can be found at Snowbowl in Flagstaff or at Sunrise in Pinetop. The Grand Canyon is only three hours away! Lake Powell is near the Arizona border with over 2,000 miles of shoreline for boating, kayaking, or camping. Other cities within driving distance include Tucson (1.5 hours), Las Vegas (5 hours), San Diego (5.5 hours), and Puerto Penasco in Mexico (4 hours).
  • Golf: There are unlimited golfing opportunities within Arizona, including the Waste Management Open every year.

Diversity and inclusion

The pharmacy residency programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona actively seek candidates with a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that the strength of our programs lies in the unique perspectives and talents that each individual brings with them. We believe that a diverse cohort of residents not only enriches the learning environment but also enhances the quality of patient care by fostering cultural competence and understanding.

As a learner at Mayo Clinic, you will be supported by preceptors who come from a diverse range of cultural, geographical, educational, and clinical training backgrounds. Their vast range of experiences and perspectives ensures that our residents receive a well-rounded and inclusive education. One of our priorities is building supportive relationships between our residents and preceptors; one where everyone feels heard, respected, and empowered to grow.

Throughout your residency year, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of resources designed to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Mayo Employee Resource Groups (MERGs) are employee-led groups that are reflective of different dimensions of diversity and designed to promote belonging and foster broader interaction and connection across our organization. The Office for Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion also offers extensive resources to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that promotes the success of our learners.

By championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we’re not just helping our residents succeed — we're making healthcare better for our community and beyond.