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PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Mayo Clinic


Pharmacy Informatics resident working on a computer.

Developing the future informatics professional

After completing the 12-month PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Mayo Clinic, you will be a competent medication management informaticist capable of transforming the medication use process.

The purpose of the PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Mayo Clinic is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY-2 residencies provide you with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner 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.

Through analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies that enhance medication therapy outcomes, you improve pharmaceutical care, strengthen the clinician-patient relationship, and optimize medication management supporting systems.

After completion of this postgraduate residency, trainees will have the skills to understand domains of clinical informatics, including clinical care; the structures, processes and incentives that shape the clinical care environment; and information and communications technology.

The resident educational experience occurs in a challenging, quality-oriented practice and learning environment, with a diverse patient population and faculty members who are dedicated to patient care and the advancement of the practice and profession of pharmacy.

Pharmacy informatics residents:

  • Participate and oversee development, analysis, feasibility, selection, education and training of medication management-related health information technology (HIT) systems
  • Provide oversight and support of ongoing information technology (IT) system maintenance and optimization, including evaluation of overall system effectiveness
  • Manage and deliver medication-related information and knowledge (for example, clinical decision-support systems)
  • Evaluate new processes and tools to continually expand and improve various interoperability and analytics programs
  • Lead and manage change associated with implementing clinical information systems and technology-enabled medication quality or safety initiatives, including planning, resource and project management
  • Effectively interact and communicate with all departments, including medicine, surgery, pharmacy, nursing, systems and procedures, and IT
  • Actively participate in a medication use process that supports technology research and educational activities

The PGY-2 informatics residency provides opportunities for training in a variety of health system settings. During each learning experience, residents work closely with their preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians and other allied health professionals.

Program history

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Mayo Clinic started in 2015 and is currently in candidate status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into practice. One candidate a year is selected on a competitive basis.

Dedicated preceptors

Preceptors for the PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency oversee medication management technologies in many specialty areas and are actively involved in scholarly activities. The preceptors come from diverse backgrounds and share numerous years of experience, knowledge and interests. Residents have direct access to these and many more preceptors and mentors to optimize the learning experience.

More than 100 pharmacists at Mayo Clinic are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in various practice areas or by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). All residency program preceptors meet the qualifications outlined by the ASHP.


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 primarily conducted to support the activities of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester and Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. Projects and activities may also support Mayo Clinic's outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.