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Clinical training

PGY-1 pharmacy residents devote much of their time to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Learning experiences focus on acute and ambulatory patient care in addition to administration and practice leadership.

As a member of the Mayo Clinic healthcare team working with pharmacist practitioners in the acute care setting, residents design, recommend, monitor, and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate principles of evidence-based medicine. Additional experiences in ambulatory care emphasize patient education and medication therapy management.

The administration and practice leadership experience focuses on understanding the departmental philosophy and mission, regulatory requirements, and developing skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. All of these experiences provide a well-rounded curriculum that fosters comprehensive development of a general pharmacist clinician.

Required learning experiences

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. The following rotations are required:

Area Length
Orientation 6 weeks
Administration 4 weeks
Ambulatory care 4 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Critical care 4 weeks
Infectious diseases 4 weeks
Medicine 4 weeks
Leadership and practice management Longitudinal
Education Longitudinal
Institutional practice Longitudinal
Medication quality Longitudinal
Practice coverage Longitudinal
Research Longitudinal

Elective learning experiences

The elective rotations allow you to tailor your learning experiences to your needs. Elective rotations may include repeating a required rotation if an area of interest is expressed. Options may change depending on preceptor availability.

You may choose any of the following:

  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cardiovascular critical care
  • Hematology/oncology ambulatory
  • Hematology/oncology inpatient
  • Research pharmacy
  • Neurology
  • Perioperative services
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Transplant ambulatory
  • Transplant inpatient

Basic life support, code participation, and simulation center education

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required prior to the start of the program. An additional pharmacy department orientation on code cart basics is required. Education and training for BLS and ACLS are provided free of charge. Pharmacy residents rotate carrying a code pager throughout the year.

Required learning experiences may be augmented through training at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Simulation-based education provides a controlled or simulated environment created to imitate real-life patient care settings where learners can practice and master skills without putting patients at risk.

Practice coverage

Through practice coverage, development of practice skills to provide complete pharmaceutical care for patients is refined. Additionally, skills necessary to function as an independent, confident practitioner are developed. Typically, you will be scheduled one evening a week and every fourth weekend for inpatient care.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences 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.