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After completing the 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, 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 Hospital — Rochester is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.


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Program highlights

The program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacist. Pharmacy residents will have the opportunity to:

  • 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 skills in conducting clinical research, medication use evaluations, and quality improvement initiatives
  • Strengthen communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing a professional manuscript, and leading interdisciplinary discussions
  • Participate as active members 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

Program history

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester originated in 1972 and was originally accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1973. Countless graduates practice across the U.S. as respected clinicians and specialists. The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. Up to five candidates a year are selected on a competitive basis.

Explore campus

The campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is divided between outpatient and inpatient facilities. The extensive outpatient facilities are part of Mayo Clinic, while Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester includes the Saint Marys campus (1,287 beds) and the Methodist campus (794 beds). Together, these represent one of the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Training for this residency is primarily conducted at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, though students may have learning experiences at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital (148) or Mayo Clinic's outpatient complex.

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Choosing Mayo Clinic for your pharmacy education

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Campus and community

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Stipend and benefits