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After completing the 24-month PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, you will be a proficient independent general practitioner capable of assuming progressive management and leadership pharmacy positions. The first year of the combined program closely mirrors our renowned PGY-1 program that has been in place since 1972 while the master’s degree and PGY-2 program focus entirely on leadership and administrative learning experiences.

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.

The purpose of the PGY-2 pharmacy residency program is to build on PharmD education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY-2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY-2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Program highlights

  • Learning at Mayo Clinic — the benchmark for health care
  • Flexible learning experiences beyond the foundational experiences
  • Research certification (eCATs)/high probability of publishable work  
  • Culture of engagement for education
  • Opportunities post residency
  • Incredibly diverse and international center, with a small-town feel

Clinical and administrative training

The PGY-1 portion of the combined residency program provides high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacist. Pharmacy residents:

  • 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
  • Participate in the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy® enabling a broad community of pharmacy leader learners

During the PGY-2 portion of the combined residency program, the resident is provided with high-quality didactic, leadership, and administrative learning experiences ultimately designed to create a well-rounded, fully competent pharmacist leader. PGY-2 HSPAL-MS residents:

  • Develop expertise, knowledge, and skills in a broad range of clinical and operational management
  • Enhance skills related to quality, safety, and process improvement
  • Participate in finance and budgeting tasks for the Department of Pharmacy
  • Contribute to human resource management
  • Strengthen leadership skills and professional commitment to advance the profession of pharmacy

Program history

The combined PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is currently in candidate status with American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. Two candidates per year are selected on a competitive basis.


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 (1,265 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 at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Mayo Clinic's outpatient complexes, and at select sites of Mayo Clinic Health System across the Midwest.

Pharmacy residents checking supplies at Mayo Clinic

Choosing Mayo Clinic for your pharmacy education

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Pharmacy technician in training sorting through medications in a lab

Stipend and benefits