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As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, you will devote much of your time to comprehensive training as a member of an interdisciplinary team. A breadth of learning experiences has been designed to increase and refine 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 constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

As a resident, you will provide drug information to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Preceptors will offer feedback to enhance your drug information-retrieval skills using a variety of resources and modalities.

Pharmacokinetic monitoring is provided to eligible patients. As a resident, 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

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future acute care clinician. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 5 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Critical care 4 weeks
Infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship 4 weeks
Internal medicine 4 weeks
Surgery 4 weeks
Medication use evaluation and quality improvement* Longitudinal, 12 months
Professional development and management* Longitudinal, 12 months
Research* Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching and learning certificate* Longitudinal, 12 months

* Learn more about these required learning experiences using the links in the table

Staffing 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. 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.