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Students at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

Clinical and administrative training

As a combined PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters residency program, academic years are largely broken down into clinical (PGY-1) and administrative training (PGY-2).

The first year of the program is devoted to comprehensive clinical 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. Quality improvement, research, and education-related experiences will complement other PGY-1 residents while you also begin work on a master’s degree.

The second year of the program includes a curriculum focused on development and refinement of pharmacy administration and leadership skills. As a contributing member of the Department of Pharmacy leadership team, you will rotate through a broad array of practice and operational settings while completing various projects aimed at strategic initiatives, regulatory requirements, and other high-priority needs.

Information on required and elective learning experience for the PGY-1 and PGY-2 academic year are outlined below.

Required learning experiences


The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency year is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future acute care clinician. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 4 weeks
Cardiology 4 weeks
Critical care 4 weeks
Infectious diseases 4 weeks
Internal medicine 4 weeks
Surgery 4 weeks
Inpatient pharmacy operations 5 weeks
Medical emergency response Longitudinal, 12 months
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


The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency year is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future pharmacy leader. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Cancer care leadership 4 weeks
Community, mail order, and specialty pharmacy operations 4 weeks
Formulary, contracting, and managed care 4 weeks
Health system operations 4 weeks
Informatics - medication management 4 weeks
Inpatient clinical operations 4 weeks
Longitudinal weeks (1-week blocks x 3) 3 weeks
Master’s degree (1-week blocks x 3) 3 weeks
Medication management services/ambulatory operations 3 weeks
Pharmacy enterprise leadership 4 weeks
Pharmacy procurement operations 2 weeks
Safety, quality, and compliance 4 weeks
Administrative project Longitudinal, 12 months
Financial management Longitudinal, 10 months
Human resource management Longitudinal, 12 months
Professional development, leadership, and strategic management Longitudinal, 10 months
Quality improvement project Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing (24-32 hours every 4 weeks) Longitudinal, 12 months

Elective learning experiences


Elective learning experiences are available in nearly every practice setting, which allows residents to tailor the program to their needs. Approximately 20 weeks throughout the residency year are dedicated to elective experiences. The list below includes popular learning experiences that past PGY-1 residents completed.

  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Cardiovascular intensive care unit
  • Clinical pharmacogenomics
  • Coronary intensive care unit
  • Emergency medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General pediatrics
  • Hematology
  • HIV clinic
  • Immunocompromised intensive care unit
  • Liver transplantation and end-stage liver disease
  • Mechanical circulatory support device service
  • Medical intensive care unit
  • Multispecialty surgical intensive care unit
  • Nephrology and transplant medicine
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit
  • Nutrition support
  • Oncology
  • Pain rehabilitation clinic
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Psychiatry
  • Teaching and precepting
  • Transplant infectious diseases

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.


Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of settings that allow residents to tailor the program to their needs. Approximately five weeks throughout the PGY-2 residency year are dedicated to elective experiences.

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.

In the PGY-2 year, the staffing commitment is reduced to 24 hours every four weeks. The staffing location is tailored based on resident input and departmental need.

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.